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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Cooperating With God’s Peace

Dear Partners and Friends,

I shared some truths with you last month that the Lord has emphasized to me from this verse:

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 KJV

I shared with you the importance of understanding that hope is a confident, earnest expectation of good. I explained the will of Our Heavenly Father is that we are filled with all joy and peace in believing. The end result of that filling is this. We will abound in hope! We will abound in earnest, confident expectation.

We looked closely at the joy of the Lord. It is our strength. Joy equals strength in the spiritual arena. We recognized joy as the strength to resist cares, worry, and anxiety. Rejoice in the Lord and be careful for nothing (Philippians 4:4-6). Following the first instruction makes the second instruction possible. I have confident expectation that you have been rejoicing!

This verse tells us the Lord fills us with all joy and peace. We submit to that. We receive it by believing in our heart that we are filled with all joy and peace. We declare with our mouth we are filled with all joy and peace. We renew our minds to this truth! We don’t wait until our emotions indicate we are filled with joy and peace. The Word has already indicated it! We take the Word and inform our minds and emotions that we are currently filled with all joy and peace!

Peace is important. The Lord sees peace differently than the way many people define peace. In the mind of God, peace is a covenant force that causes your life to become a life of “nothing missing and nothing broken.” The word for “peace” in the Hebrew is “shalom.” It means the peace that comes from a position of completeness or wholeness. Peace restores the broken areas. Peace fills the places of your life that are empty. The Shunammite woman of II Kings 4, activated her covenant of peace to receive her son raised from the dead. When her husband asked her why she wanted to see the man of God, she declared, Shalom- I have the peace that comes from being made whole.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP declares, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” The believer must submit to peace. We cooperate with it by governing our mind. To keep your mind focused on God’s thoughts is to stay connected to your spiritual supply. By doing this, we remain under the guard and protection of our Lord.

Philippians shows us this same process. First, we rejoice in the Lord and it recharges our strength. Then, we resist care, worry, and anxiety. Instead of worrying, pray! God answers prayer!

The result is God’s peace will garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:7 AMP) Our part is to be careful for nothing. The Amplified Bible says, “Do not fret or have anxiety about anything.”

This is not hard! It may be different to you because it is not the way you have responded in the past. But, hear me! This is not hard because the Lord told you to do it. It is hard to live a life of worry and anxiety. It is difficult to be constantly agitated and anxious. That is a hard life! The life of peace is easy, safe, secure and pleasurable.

The God of hope fills us with all joy and peace in believing. The prepositional phrase “in believing” indicates an important factor. It is possible to refuel an aircraft while it is in midflight. The military designed this process to enable flights of weapons and supplies to reach their destination without having to make multiple stops and interruptions. This is the image I have when I read this verse. While we remain in faith (our flight pattern), the Lord fills our tanks with joy (our strength) and peace (the restoring power that maintains wholeness).

Partner, submit to your fullness! 

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