Faith Creates a Reality
by Page Prewitt
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The audio series, Faith Creates a Reality, was recorded in 1988 at a conference in England that I attended with my parents when I was ten years old. While I was taking part in the youth program, the adults (including my parents) were listening to Page Prewitt in a nearby room. Thankfully, what she shared with them was recorded, and I was thrilled to discover it for myself several years later.
I was about 18 when I first listened to this recording (I’m 39 now). I think my mother had the recording and I just picked it up one day. I listened to it on my head phones on my way to college and was instantly hooked! The spiritual truths and wonderfully practical applications Page shares have been, for me, truly life changing.
Describing our human makeup, Page explains that we consist of our body, soul, and spirit, and helps us to understand the verse “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor. 6:17). Once we are born again, Page explains, our human spirit is joined to God’s Spirit in a union that can be likened to an egg! I love this analogy! It is just one egg, but inside is the yolk and the white. No matter how hard you shake the egg you cannot scramble the inside. The two remain separate–-but it’s still one egg! So it is with us in our spirit union with God.
This union is permanent, and Satan is out for good. “But,” you might be asking, “If Christ lives in us and is joined to our spirit, then how do we still sin?” Good question. Page shares her own experience of facing this question, which was presented to her by her daughter (age 10!). It wasn’t until several years later that clarity came on this point, but it did come—and she shares it with us in this series.
Satan’s ultimate deceit is to get us to believe that we are “just us,”—self-operating beings, separate from God, who make our own choices and do our own thing. This is his lie that he has deceived all of humanity with since Adam and Eve. This was the lie Satan chose to believe about himself–-that he could be like the most high and be his own god and do his own thing (Isa. 14:14). But how exactly does he deceive us? Page spends the remainder of the recording explaining how Satan uses our soul-body responses (the “flesh”) from the outside—he never regains entry into our spirits after we are born again—to get us to sin. This is radical truth! Truth that Satan does not want people to know. Once people know this, the jig is up for him. He has nowhere to hide. But he has people so deceived that it really does require us to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).
In discussing the makeup of the human spirit (desire, will and mind), Page states, “The only choice that we as human beings are free on our own to make is either to believe or not believe. Another word for that is faith. As you receive the truth, as I faith into God in His truth, my decision becomes His choice through me. This is one of the most important things I learned. “I think I’ll go here, I think I’ll go there, I think I’ll say this, I think I’ll say that.” But I’m not “just me”—It’s either Christ or Satan doing all the saying, all the doing, all the talking. When I dare to put my faith in the fact that in everything I do or say it is “not I, but Christ” living out through me (Gal. 2:20) is what makes it God!
There is no way to communicate here in this review how wonderfully clear an explanation Page gives of how Satan uses our thoughts and emotions (soul) to trick us into thinking we are independent selves. I could listen to this section of the tape (and have!) over and over and never tire of it. Page uses personal examples, funny anecdotes, and audience participation to drill home life-changing truths in a way that has personally penetrated and convicted me to the core.
Page describes feelings as up and down–always changing—“temporal.” (2 Cor. 4:18) Feelings are like mercury in a thermometer—they just register what is. But they do nothing to change the weather! Thoughts and feelings are neutral. So I don’t ever have to feel guilty of them when they’re “bad” and I don’t have to be prideful about them when they’re “good.” They just are what they are. But it’s the choice I make about them from my spirit.
The truths Page shares on this recording are scriptural, radical, and if you apply them—LIFE CHANGING! After I spent years of living from feelings–trying to get rid of the bad ones and hang on to the good ones, using all manner of sinful, ungodly vices—I was totally liberated to hear and apply these truths in my own life. No matter what pleasant or unpleasant feelings come my way, I know they are just temporary and neutral and are going nowhere. They do nothing to affect or change who I am at my spirit center—Christ in my Joanna form. He is peace when I feel afraid, He is strong when I feel weak, He is love when I feel hate, He is ALL when I feel lacking.
Whatever the feeling/temptation might be–the answer is always the same. Satan is using whatever the situation/feeling/thought is to try and trick me in to thinking that I am “just me” and that I need to do something about the thought or feeling. If he succeeds in this, then I am allowing him to boss me from the outside, through my members, and Satan lives out what I believed about “just me” (really a lie): he lives out fear when I feel afraid, he lives out shy when I feel shy etc. BUT, if I acknowledge the thought/feeling and then recognize that I am merely a vessel containing Jesus Christ and that He is here to live out His attributes in the situation (peace, strength, love, power), then He will! Faith creates a reality!
So, I hope if you have never listened to this recording you will give it a try. And if you have listened to it before I hope this review will inspire you to listen to it again. I’m sure I will continue to listen to this one for many more years to come!