A Preview of Refusing the Care

Dear Partners and Friends,

Exciting things are taking place! At this writing, we are preparing for the celebration of 20 years of ministry in Faith Builders International in De Soto, Kansas. Preparations are underway for our Faith Explosion there and our annual gathering of alumni and ministers of the Faith Builders Ministerial Association.

Our Bible College, Faith Builders International Ministerial Academy(FBIMA), is graduating classes from both our De Soto, Kansas and Little Rock, Arkansas locations. Our Hispanic Bible College, Instituto Bíblico Constructores de Fe, launched our Little Rock campus and another in Quito, Ecuador.

Pastor Steele’s new book, Refusing the Care,is about to be released and what a great help this book will be to the Body of Christ. Pastor Philip really brings to light the importance of recognizing and refusing to accept the care, stress, and anxiety. I am so thrilled with the revelation and insight this book provides. I want to share an excerpt from this book with you. I know you will receive help from this!

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele

When talking about the ability to refuse the care, we can be very elementary or matter of fact about it by saying, “I am not going to care.” However, we can be saying this and still have a heart full of care. The bottom line is this: If we have faith, we will see it, but if we are carrying care, we will see it too.

We may say that we are not carrying any cares or worries. However, our face may be telling a whole different story. In this way, our confession is betrayed by our lack of faith in what we are confessing.

There was a time in the past when Pastor Michelle and I took a stand to pray and believe God for something. I was on our balcony praying in the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that when you pray in the Holy Spirit, you build up your most holy faith (Jude 1:20). It recharges your (spiritual) batteries. I was praying in tongues and crying out desperately to God.

I heard the Lord speak to me where He speaks to each one of us – in our spirits. God said, “Philip, your face is all scrunched up.” I was praying earnestly! I really thought I was praying in faith!

But the Lord spoke to me and said, “Your actions prove what you are really believing.” The expression on my face and the desperation in my prayer revealed that I was not in faith. I was praying in worry and under the pressure of the problem.

People may say that they do not have a care. But their actions, attitudes, and the way they present themselves will reveal whether or not they actually have cares or worries. It will be the proof as to whether or not they are refusing the care or carrying the care.

Refusing the care is not just refusing to think about something. It is not a denial of something. It is not merely keeping a positive thought. When we study what the Word of God says, we will see that refusing care is vital to our overall spiritual fitness.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

In Luke 21:34, Jesus is dealing with the end times and His second coming. The initial part of verse 34 says, “…take heed to yourselves…” This verse is telling us that the first thing we need to watch is our own reactions when we are confronted with the pressures of life. “TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF.”

Very often, we can quickly point out someone else who has entered into care. However, God says to “take heed to yourselves.” That is to say that we must watch ourselves to prevent our hearts from being overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life so that the day (of Christ’s return) does not come upon us unawares. There are some important truths here of which we need to take notice.

Jesus used the words overcharged and surfeitingSurfeiting simply means “self-indulgence.” Without getting too involved in the definition of this word, it can include overeating or too much involvement in the pleasures of this world.

There is nothing wrong, for instance, in watching a college football game. Yet, there are people who will waste an entire Saturday watching college football. This can cross over into self-indulgence. The Lord is all about us having fun, but fun has its place, as well as its limits. He warns us to keep ourselves from self-indulgence.

In the same verse, Jesus points to thecares of this life. The Wuest Translation of the New Testament says, “…the anxieties pertaining to the affairs of this life…” The Amplified Bible says, “…cares pertaining to [the business of] this life…” Jesus is warning us that if our focus is on the cares or anxieties of this life, the day (pertaining to His second coming) will come on us unawares. If our focus is on the anxieties, anxiousness, cares, or the business of this life, there are things we will miss, and there are things that can come on us when we least expect it.

I was up early one morning meditating on some things when the Lord began talking to me about cares. He said to me, “The entering in of cares requires the letting go of faith.” Any time I enter into care, I have to let go of faith. That’s because faith, according to the Amplified Bible translation, is “The entire dependence of the entire personality on God.” (End of excerpt from Refusing the Careby Pastor Philip Steele)

I want to encourage you to refuse the cares of this life and remain in peace. We are entering into some of the best days of our lives and the Lord wants you to enjoy His very best! Thank you for your partnership! Together we are building people’s faith and framing their world by the Word of God!

 

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Michelle Steele

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I Will Never Be Afraid Another Day in My Life

Dear Partners and Friends,

“I will never be afraid another day in my life!” I heard these words come out of my mouth and my mind wanted to argue. My spirit was making the declaration and my mind wanted to hold onto a license or excuse to fear. “What if this happened? Then you would have a legal right to be afraid.” No! There is nothing that can “make” me be afraid. There is no situation that forces fear as the only option. My born-again spirit is setting the boundary against fear in any form. I will never be afraid another day in my life!

We never have to fear. Fear is not a requirement. It is an option. I am choosing to remove it from my options. I want to erase fear from the multiple-choice list in my response category. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us the complete, absolute victory we have over fear. We are alive in Christ. There is no fear that can dominate one who is dominated by Christ. We have to know it, believe it, and walk in that truth!

Let me say this. I have been in the Word of God long enough to know that I should not permit fear to run rampant in my life. I would never openly declare, “I am afraid of…” I have learned to resist fear when situations occur or bad news arrives. If I don’t listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I could think, “I am alright! I have a handle on this. I know how to resist fear.”

The Lord is speaking to me and I am imparting to you, my partners, because there is a level of productivity for us to attain. There is a level of spiritual understanding for us to reach. It begins by becoming intolerant of fear on every level. This means we have to build our faith in what God’s Word says until our mind is renewed. We have to be responsible to recognize and confront every worry or anxious thought. We have to be diligent to identify emotions of anxiety in every moment of our life.

Do you get “unnerved” when a certain bill collector calls? Are you “concerned” about the way your adult children are living?  There are many situations in life that people respond to with a low-grade level of fear and never recognize that they are permitting fear. Then, when a larger circumstance arises, fear is an automatic response. They just increase the level from low-grade fear to full-blown, unrestrained fear. If that same person wants to use their faith against their circumstance, it is more difficult because their faith is not as developed as their fear.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (Philippians 4:6 AMP)

The New Testament believer is instructed, “Do not fret or have anxiety about anything…” The Lord Jesus Christ wants us to operate free from every thing that would trigger anxiety, unrest or concern.

This takes diligence on our part. We must refuse thoughts of concern. We must refuse to allow unrest or worry to operate in our mind or emotions. Dominate it! Take the Word of God and govern your thoughts. Use the Word like a weapon and control your emotions.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

The word “troubled” means disquieted, to cause inward commotion, to take away calmness of mind, to make restless or strike one’s spirit with fear of dread. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us not to permit our hearts to be in that condition. Therefore, we have the ability and responsibility to enforce this. Nothing can make our hearts troubled unless we permit it! Nothing can take away our calmness of mind unless we allow it!

Even more importantly, The Lord Jesus is holding us responsible for the condition of our heart! We cannot present any list of reasons that will be acceptable to explain why we were so worried. No excuse is acceptable. “But my son was facing prison. My daughter was on meth. My husband was diagnosed with… The bills were overdue. The company was laying people off.” No matter what the situation is…fear is not the right response. Worry is never permitted. Unrest and anxiety are never acceptable ways for us to respond.

This is freeing. Don’t allow condemnation. If you have allowed your response to be one of worry or anxiety, just choose to respond differently. Make the determination and set your spirit against fear on any level. Arm yourself with verses that will strengthen you. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any area where anxiety or unrest is present in your life. Practice a different response. Put this in your heart and mouth. “I will never fear another day in my life.”

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Giving Glory to God

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There is a power in praise that can strengthen you in your heart, wear out the enemy and give glory to God all at the same time. Praise and giving thanks to God are more important than many people think. In this episode of Faith Builders, let’s find out what happens when we give glory to God.