There’s a difference between knowing and believing God’s Word and actually walking in His Word. Hm-m-m –let’s see what that means.
If you were to do a survey of born-again Christians, most of them would say that they believe God’s Word and that it’s true. Now, among uncommitted Christians, this might not be so. But I’m talking about Christians who love the Lord.
So how do we know which group we’re in? Good question. Let me give you an example. Let’s talk about healing and you agree that I Peter 2:24 is for today and that by the stripes of Jesus you’re already healed. [If you even believe that today, you’re ahead of a multitude of Christians!] Then you get sick. What do you do? You pray and stand on the Word and pray and stand on the Word, but no results! What’s the problem? You believe but you’re not getting the desired results.
Well, there could be any number of reasons for the lack of results but I want to focus on one particular point. You believe in your head – no question – that God can heal. He’s done it before and He can do it again. You believe that. But the problem is that it’s in your head and not in your heart. It has to get down in your heart and fill up so that when you speak the Word of healing, it comes out with power. Because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34b (KJV) 34 … for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
This is where most people miss it. They say they believe that God can heal them but it’s not deep down in their heart. And it only gets down in your heart by continually speaking and confessing it. And this, dear brothers and sisters, takes time. You can’t microwave faith for healing! It takes time to renew your mind to God’s Word because there’s so much junk from the world cluttering your heart and crowding out the Word.
If we want to see God’s results in our lives, we must diligently renew our minds to His Word by actually getting into the Word. There’s no short cut. Even Jesus didn’t know everything when He was born! He had to grow too and so do you!
Of course, as I always say, this takes time and effort but it’s so worth it to get God’s results. This is what God wants for us. This is His Word and He watches over it to cause it to come to pass in the lives of those who stand on it in faith. Let’s be the people of God who stand on His Word and get results and glorify the Lord of Glory!
Luke 21:34 (KJV) 34 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 (AMP) 34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
Proverbs 4:20-23 (KJV) 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Luke 2:52 (KJV) 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Jeremiah 1:12 (KJV) 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) 12 Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.