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                                          Forward…..12
                   What is the Beginning of Fait...
Forward

God gives His Love all around the world, and we just praise
Him for that. What God put on my heart speak about th...
Jesus. Jesus is the One who makes a Way where there seems to
be no way.




12
What is the Beginning Point of Faith?

I am going to read out of Hebrews 12:1, 2, out of the NIV.
“Therefore, since we are...
Faith is the little thing that makes a big difference in our lives. I
could say it another way, “Faith is the little thing...
That is true, but it does not enough to convince the unbeliever
that they need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. ...
is. Jesus is Lord over all our situations; He is Savior over all our
situations.

Jesus is a Friend that will never fail y...
your heart and your life over to Christ, and let Christ and the
Holy Spirit, we just praise You for that time.




       ...
Run with Patience

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

Patience, when we have all these things to ...
Unfortunately, there are hazards that happen, like I can’t of
where (Lord help me) there was a flood that just happened an...
Jesus is Lord. Faith builds your journey. Any good builder
begins with a solid foundation to build upon, and whatever is
b...
passion is what works because we want the Passion that Jesus
had such as: His healings, and His miracles, that is how we w...
ahead of us, and it builds our faith for our testimony; for our
time to witness. As well, it builds our faith so we may
en...
Faith finishes our journey, as Jesus is our Perfecter of our
                           faith.




                       ...
Examples of Finished Faith

Each day everyone should encourage us to use our faith to
accomplish great things for God. Fai...
carry through so that we can go Beyond the Veil and walk in
victory.

This chapter of Hebrews gives us examples of finishe...
It may look one way like it did with Sarah in the natural, but in
the supernatural God can make all things happen. Moses w...
might have to walk through hell, and we have to praise Him but
after we get done, there is going to be such a testimony th...
Finisher and the Perfecter in us. What you are facing today in
your life, it is not big for God it is not too small for Go...
though we do not see His promises materializing yet. That is
when we demonstrate our true faith, and we thank You Lord.


...
Faith Brings Power and Anointing

I am going to read, John chapter 20:24-31. “But Thomas, one
of the twelve, called Didymu...
in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. Then saith he to
Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and
re...
ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and
that believing ye might have life through his name.”

It wi...
thank You and praise You for that Father. I pray that everyone
who receives this word will be blessed Lord, in Jesus name....
Questions and Answers From our Listeners:

Prophet Ronald: “Let me ask you a question as you said, Even
when we go through...
Prophet Ronald: “We have many people that are worried and
upset over the economic conditions and stuff. So, you are
saying...
Brother Craig: “Well, we as the people that we are we have a
choice. We can sit there and whatever the situation we are in...
Prophet Ronald: “You mean to tell me I cannot have my pity
party?”

Brother Craig: “I think it is ok that we have a pity p...
Prophet Ronald: “So many people stay in the place of pity. Oh
me! Oh my! I don’t know what I am going to do. Poor me.
Why ...
in tongues and I went into the bathroom. I was thinking one
thing in my mind, which was the victim way and the Spirit of
G...
Prophet Ronald: “We choose. You know that is so right. We
choose either to praise God, or we choose to live—you know,
unde...
most unusual thing, as he put the praises in front of the warriors
and they began to praise God. That story excites me eve...
Thirty-Six Years of Petite Grand Mall Seizures

Brother Craig: “I can tell you another story in my life, and
someone might...
petite grand mall seizure, and I raised my hands and my fingers
went up and began to fold together. Well the audience didn...
Brother Craig: “And we never told them.”

Prophet Ronald: “Awesome. Awesome. You know, you dealt
with grand mall seizures ...
scriptures got a hold of me. Even though, I would get up and
fall down I didn’t pity myself. I started speaking in tongues...
else would not. He gave me love and told me that you may have
seizures, but you think about it if God could use a jack ass...
subject and I don’t want to get into that. You said you had low
self esteem and how did you turn that around.”

Brother Cr...
God looks at the heart. When we look at the heart and we see
them how God sees them we can over come.”

Prophet Ronald: “L...
way when you teach people to stand on the Word of God,
someone asked me, “Brother Flowers all these years that you
laid ha...
happened over night. As I began to change my way of thinking,
and talking and fix my focus on Jesus, amen, it changed the
...
Everything can change no matter what we have been through. I
praise Him for it and I have been blessed to see it in my liv...
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  1. 1. Jesus the Author & Finisher of Our Faith Beyond the Veil Prophetic Ministries Pastor Craig Keating Volume 35 1
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  9. 9. Contact Pastor Keating You can listen to this audio message as you read along at: http://www.archive.org/details/JesusTheAuthorAndFinisherOfO urFaithPastorKeating To add Pastor Keating to your Face Book Wall: Craig Keating Electronic Mail: revsck@mcdeb.com 9
  10. 10. Table of Contents Forward…..12 What is the Beginning of Faith?….13 Run With Patience….18 Examples of Finished Faith…24 Faith Brings Power & Anointing…30 Questions & Answers From our Listeners….36 Thirty-Six Years of Petite Grand Mall Seizures…42 10
  11. 11. Forward God gives His Love all around the world, and we just praise Him for that. What God put on my heart speak about this morning, is “Jesus the Author & Finisher of our Faith.” That song just put more of the Spirit and the Anointing of God in me, and I just pray that is going to reach the people that have the needs, and that it will touch their hearts and take them closer to 11
  12. 12. Jesus. Jesus is the One who makes a Way where there seems to be no way. 12
  13. 13. What is the Beginning Point of Faith? I am going to read out of Hebrews 12:1, 2, out of the NIV. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 13
  14. 14. Faith is the little thing that makes a big difference in our lives. I could say it another way, “Faith is the little thing that makes all the difference in our lives.” Each one of us has faith, but the difference comes “How and when we use our faith.” If we are asked today, “What is faith?” I would probably hear many of us quote Hebrews 1:11, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of the things not yet seen.” 14
  15. 15. That is true, but it does not enough to convince the unbeliever that they need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. Or? “Does this explain that faith to believers who are facing difficult situations, such as: healing, finances, marriages, breaking up family and crisis.” I believe for a miracle because the Jesus who is in us can make the miracles and turn cursings into blessings. We are on a journey learning who Jesus is, and learning what faith is. Faith begins our journey, as it is the beginning point of faith, which, believes God’s character, who is what He says He 15
  16. 16. is. Jesus is Lord over all our situations; He is Savior over all our situations. Jesus is a Friend that will never fail you. We have to learn to control our flesh because if we do not learn to make our spirits greater then our flesh, we will all fail. The Old Testament shows us that the great I AM and the New Testament shows us the Alpha and the Omega—the First and the Last. Salvation begins at the very point that you believe God’s character, not when you repeat a prayer. The very instance you decide to give 16
  17. 17. your heart and your life over to Christ, and let Christ and the Holy Spirit, we just praise You for that time. 17
  18. 18. Run with Patience “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Patience, when we have all these things to look for, and to worry about we have obstacles in our lives. Every one of us has obstacles, and the obstacles are hurdles we are going to have to overcome. We have detours, we may be driving and flat tire. We may have someone be sick that we love and we may major things happen. These are just detours, and these detours God can turn them around and we can go back. 18
  19. 19. Unfortunately, there are hazards that happen, like I can’t of where (Lord help me) there was a flood that just happened and there were deadly materials in the water and I think that was in Russia. As well, we have hazards and there have been earthquakes, but we have to go beyond those hazards and be the over comer that Jesus wants in us. When we go through those things, He becomes our Foundation. Faith begins a journey, and that faith is a solid foundation to build your life upon no matter what you are facing because 19
  20. 20. Jesus is Lord. Faith builds your journey. Any good builder begins with a solid foundation to build upon, and whatever is built is only as good as the foundation. When we except Jesus we have to keep that purity, and we have to keep that holiness in our life. Honesty and integrity will help us build that foundation and as over time we build that foundation the Person of the Holy Spirit becomes greater in us. More people will be reached for the Nation; more people get reached in our neighborhood and where we live. When we get there, they no longer see us anymore and they begin to see His Glory and His Love. That 20
  21. 21. passion is what works because we want the Passion that Jesus had such as: His healings, and His miracles, that is how we want to walk. A child of God begins in the firm foundation in the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us lay aside every weight and sin, which is so easily endured. The obstacles, the detours the hazards along with the difficult times are in our lives to build up our faith and for us to exercise our faith in order to grow in God’s grace and mercy. It builds our faith through more difficult times 21
  22. 22. ahead of us, and it builds our faith for our testimony; for our time to witness. As well, it builds our faith so we may encourage, help, and lift up others, and it gives us a heart when we go through the hurt and the hard times, to give us a passion for others. God will turn our curses into blessings, and we have to do that no matter what we are faced with. Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; He is the all you need. When we adjust our small simple little faith in Jesus Christ, remember He always looks at our heart as He says, “Just come to Me as a little child” because that is what makes faith work. 22
  23. 23. Faith finishes our journey, as Jesus is our Perfecter of our faith. 23
  24. 24. Examples of Finished Faith Each day everyone should encourage us to use our faith to accomplish great things for God. Faith gives us the ability to do extraordinary things for God; when we hit that point of extraordinary faith using the Internet, there are many things can do, as we have to have that faith to not be stuck in our rut, and just thinking this is how it is. Even when we are depressed, or sick we have to pray and use scriptures that apply in our lives, to 24
  25. 25. carry through so that we can go Beyond the Veil and walk in victory. This chapter of Hebrews gives us examples of finished faith, because it is by faith not of us. Abel was able to offer more excellent sacrifices then Cain in his worship. As well, Enoch was translated into deliverance; Noah was saved and his household. Abraham received the Promised Land. “What promise has God given to you that you have not seen and come forth yet?” Sarah conceived, as nothing is impossible for God. 25
  26. 26. It may look one way like it did with Sarah in the natural, but in the supernatural God can make all things happen. Moses was able to pass through the Red Sea on the dry ground as terrain and passages were made possible for him. Joshua saw the walls of Jericho fall, not by his hand, but by the Mighty hand. Just like Joshua did they walked around and praised God in everything they were facing; they had no wind in the natural. Whatever we are facing like Joshua, we have to praise too. When we do, the walls will fall and there is no going back because we have to learn in different times in our lives that we 26
  27. 27. might have to walk through hell, and we have to praise Him but after we get done, there is going to be such a testimony that will touch this world. It is time for God’s children to be made known by their faith. The end point is believing God’s presence and that He will do what He says He will do. Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder to those that diligently seek Him.” He is the Author and we must diligently seek the 27
  28. 28. Finisher and the Perfecter in us. What you are facing today in your life, it is not big for God it is not too small for God! Philippians 4:13, says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Let me bring together two statements I have used in this study, if I could. The beginning point of faith is, “Believing God’s character.” He is who He says He is, and the end point is believing God’s promises. He will do what He says He will do, when we believe. God will fulfill His promises even 28
  29. 29. though we do not see His promises materializing yet. That is when we demonstrate our true faith, and we thank You Lord. 29
  30. 30. Faith Brings Power and Anointing I am going to read, John chapter 20:24-31. “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood 30
  31. 31. in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that 31
  32. 32. ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” It will be that we are going through hard times, because when we except Jesus in our heart Jesus went through hard times, such as His crucifixion. The advantage to us is, that we have the Holy Spirit to help us walk it all out. Faith, is what it is about. Faith will give us the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit and we can reach the world and there is no stopping us. We just 32
  33. 33. thank You and praise You for that Father. I pray that everyone who receives this word will be blessed Lord, in Jesus name. 33
  34. 34. Questions and Answers From our Listeners: Prophet Ronald: “Let me ask you a question as you said, Even when we go through worries that faith can bring us through?” Brother Craig: “Yes, when are told that someone we love is sick we cry in the natural but we have to learn to praise Him in the Spirit and praise and call upon the promises of healing; promises to the situation we are dealing with.” 34
  35. 35. Prophet Ronald: “We have many people that are worried and upset over the economic conditions and stuff. So, you are saying that if we use that name, the name of Jesus it is greater then our situation we are in.” Brother Craig: “Yes.” Prophet Ronald: “I am sorry there is a person just asked why is praise so important?” 35
  36. 36. Brother Craig: “Well, we as the people that we are we have a choice. We can sit there and whatever the situation we are in we can pity ourselves, but by pitying ourselves we give the devil greater authority and power over us. But, when Jesus is in us we can have victory, just like Joshua. When we praise our way out we can turn a curse into a blessing, or we can become a victim. We must remember that Jesus is in the heart, and not allow the sin of worry by letting that sin become of fear. God is not a God of fear but of power, Love and a sound mind. We need to praise our Way where we need to go.” 36
  37. 37. Prophet Ronald: “You mean to tell me I cannot have my pity party?” Brother Craig: “I think it is ok that we have a pity party, but we not stay there. We must get up in our journey of faith and praise our way through it. That is how we overcome as a Christian is praise our way through it.” 37
  38. 38. Prophet Ronald: “So many people stay in the place of pity. Oh me! Oh my! I don’t know what I am going to do. Poor me. Why do I have to go through all this? What happens when we really change our attitude?” Brother Craig: “I can give you an example I have been through some very hard things. One day I was at Pizza Hut and the person looked at me a few months later like nothing ever happened. I just sat there in the Spirit of God and I was praising God and the Spirit of God came over me, and I started speaking 38
  39. 39. in tongues and I went into the bathroom. I was thinking one thing in my mind, which was the victim way and the Spirit of God came through and came out of my mouth. Still today, it blows me away. I said, God forgive him for he knows not what he does. God have mercy on him because Your Word says don’t touch My anointed, revenge is Mine sayeth the Lord. Next thing I knew I started praising God and I went out with a smile on my face, and that was God. That was a choice.” 39
  40. 40. Prophet Ronald: “We choose. You know that is so right. We choose either to praise God, or we choose to live—you know, under the circumstances. I had one preacher tell me, who gives you permission to live under the circumstances when God calls you to be victorious in everything. I can give you so many testimonies of learning to change my circumstances by the words of my mouth. I look at Joshua, I am not going to preach the message again as you did a great job preaching already. He was outnumbered four to one, and most of us would have gave up and hiding up under rocks and everything. This man did the 40
  41. 41. most unusual thing, as he put the praises in front of the warriors and they began to praise God. That story excites me every time I think about it. The scriptures say he brought ambushment and confusion and the enemies begin to kill one another. We don’t know about that power of praise. Ok. I got to stop.” 41
  42. 42. Thirty-Six Years of Petite Grand Mall Seizures Brother Craig: “I can tell you another story in my life, and someone might laugh at this one. I was always a pastor and a fine example that for 36 years in my life, I had petite grand mall seizures; I chose to not let it roll me. I praised God and I quoted those scriptures that ‘By His stripes I am healed. Healing is now mine’ There is a time I had a privilege of opening an inner city church and put it together, and when I went up there I said the opening prayer and I ended up having what is called a little 42
  43. 43. petite grand mall seizure, and I raised my hands and my fingers went up and began to fold together. Well the audience didn’t know it as they got all excited. One of the pastors by the pulpit picked me and sat me down, and they thought I was slain in the Spirit. They got up with handkerchiefs in speaking in tongues. That is a perfect example of God turning a curse into a blessing.” Prophet Ronald: “Wow” 43
  44. 44. Brother Craig: “And we never told them.” Prophet Ronald: “Awesome. Awesome. You know, you dealt with grand mall seizures that is a testimony within itself. You were determined no matter what was going on, you believed that God was going to heal you.” Brother Craig: “Yes, I did. I had seizures until I was 36 years old. At 36 I went down and had brain surgery at UCLA to have it done. All those years I believed that when I first got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit at 20 years of age, those 44
  45. 45. scriptures got a hold of me. Even though, I would get up and fall down I didn’t pity myself. I started speaking in tongues, got back up, and did what I had to do.” Prophet Ronald: “Some in those conditions, they say Woe is me. I have this condition and people do not understand what I am going through. What made you determined not to be like that?” Brother Craig: “Because of the teachers I had. I was blessed to have a pastor in North Carolina, he believed me when no body 45
  46. 46. else would not. He gave me love and told me that you may have seizures, but you think about it if God could use a jack ass He can use anybody. I felt like that and I had a very low self- esttem. I do not have that in me anymore because I have seen God do many things to touch many lives.” Prophet Ronald: “That is a subject we can talk about because we have so many people who have low self esteem. They are born again and filled with the Holy Ghost, but that is a whole another 46
  47. 47. subject and I don’t want to get into that. You said you had low self esteem and how did you turn that around.” Brother Craig: “Over the time there were people in my life who had a the gift of prophecy and they told me I had to forgive. Also, I was in a church where people gave me love no matter what. That love gave me confidence and faith, and I learned to love unconditional. We have to realize when we minister to people we do not look at people we look at the heart because 47
  48. 48. God looks at the heart. When we look at the heart and we see them how God sees them we can over come.” Prophet Ronald: “Last year, amen, was the most trying time in my life. I had three heart attacks and I was completely paralyzed from my left side. I had extensive surgery done on my small and large intestines. I was diagnosed with Khron’es disease and I had it in the worst way. You know, for a while, I will be honest I started pitying myself. I thought poor me, I will just go home and be with the Lord. You know, some how, some 48
  49. 49. way when you teach people to stand on the Word of God, someone asked me, “Brother Flowers all these years that you laid hands on people and they got healed and delivered you going to quit now, and die like this? Then I just woke up. I began to declare the Word of the Lord despite all the negative things, and I can testify today that I am completely healed, completely delivered. Amen. You can’t even tell I was paralyzed on my right side, and I have totally recovered. I had to change my thinking and quit looking at the circumstances and look to Jesus. It is not always easy and I am not going to say it 49
  50. 50. happened over night. As I began to change my way of thinking, and talking and fix my focus on Jesus, amen, it changed the circumstance. Praise God. Any last words there?” Brother Craig; “How true to what you said. I believe that life is a choice but the cool thing is when we accept Jesus that is the first choice we make in the Holy Spirit. 50
  51. 51. Everything can change no matter what we have been through. I praise Him for it and I have been blessed to see it in my lives. I praise God I will see many more.” 51
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