So you’ve heard that words are important because I mention it often. But let’s dig a little deeper into just why this is of paramount importance. And we’ll start with Mark 11:22-24.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:22 (YLT) 22 And Jesus answering saith to them, `Have faith of God;
Verse 22 in the Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) says that we are to have the faith of God – the God-kind of faith. Wow, if only we could have the God-kind of faith! And here’s the Good News: if we’re born-again, we really do have the God-kind of faith.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3 … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Notice that each of us has been given the same measure of faith- not more or less than anyone else. It’s just that some are more developed that others in operating in that faith. And since we all start out with the same measure – the God-kind of faith, let’s find out what that kind of faith is and how to operate in it.
You see, we don’t need more faith as some think. We don’t have to ask God to give us more faith because He’s already given THE measure of faith to each of us. That being said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what do we do now.
First of all, in order to operate in the God-kind of faith, we need to know some things about what faith is and how it works. Similarly, if you wanted to operate in electricity, you’d have to know how it operates. And just as electricity has laws that govern its operation, so does faith. That may come as a surprise because most Christians think that you either have faith or you don’t. But that thinking never gets the job done.
Simply stated, faith is believing what God has said (His word) and then acting on it – like it’s actually true! Another definition is Andrew Wommack’s definition: faith is our positive response to what God has already given us by His grace.
Now we come to the laws that govern how faith works. If you don’t adhere to the laws, your faith won’t work and you won’t get your desired results.
Romans 3:27 (KJV) 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Paul calls faith a law and this is to our advantage because a law works the same way every time. It’s not hit or miss with laws. Just like the law of gravity works whether it’s hot, cold, rainy, or sunny unless it’s superseded by a higher law.
It’s the same with electricity. There are laws that govern how electricity work and when you obey those laws, you do well. But if you violate those laws, it could be very dangerous and even deadly.
Now, what about faith. Here are some of the laws that govern how faith works:
1 – Faith is voice activated; it speaks! You have to speak your faith. You can’t just think faith and expect results. You can’t just think healing and get results.
Mark 11:23 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Notice that saying is mentioned three times. We have to speak our faith if we want results. That means speaking the Word of God over the situation.
2 – Faith believes. Faith does not doubt (in your heart) but believes what it speaks and says.
3 – Faith doesn’t waver.
James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
If you waver back and forth between believing and not believing, your faith won’t work because it will be cancelled out. You need to take your stand on God’s Word and don’t be moved off it. You can call this bulldog faith!
4 – Faith receives. It receives what has been spoken in faith according to God’s Word.
Mark 11:24 (KJV) 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17 … even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
And that’s why your words are so important because your words determine your destiny. They determine what you get.
Psalm 141:3 (KJV) 3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Galatians 6:7 (KJV) 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7 (Phillips NT) 7 Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows.
Remember, we’re like magnets – drawing to us things that we speak. We need to seriously guard what comes out of our mouths. Listen to yourself and say, “Is that what I want to come to pass?” never say these things:
— Knock yourself out!
— Bite your tongue!
— That blows me away!
— That blows my mind!
— That cracks me up!
— That breaks my heart!
— That makes my skin crawl!
— That kills me!
— I love him/her to death!
— Nothing ever works out for me!
— Just when we seem to get ahead, something happens!
— Etc., etc., etc.
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 4:20-24 (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.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
I think you get the point. The world, with its ungodly evil ways and language, has so programmed people that they say things that they never should say, not knowing how powerful our words are.
When God told Adam to take dominion and subdue the earth, how do you think he was supposed to do that? The same way that God does – with words! And since we’re created in His image, that’s how we’re supposed to operate in faith.
Genesis 1:28 (KJV)
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Brothers and sisters, we have so much victory in us that needs to get our by using our faith-filled words and speaking God’s uncompromised Word to effect a change in our circumstances, environment, and then in our world.