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Say What?!?

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Day Thirteen. Speak the Word.

Isn’t it odd? People seem to think it’s quite alright if you say things like:

“I’m sure it can’t be done.”

“Nothing ever works for me.”

“My car is always breaking down.”

“I’ll probably have an accident; things have been going along too well.”

But just try and sound positive, or quote what the Bible says about your situation, and you’re treated like some kind of nut.

“Blab it and grab it!”

“Another one of those faith idiots.”

“Behold, the guy who’s living in a dream world.”

Here’s the truth, though. People may think you’re stupid when you speak the word; when you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth… But, hey! That’s how you and I became born again into the kingdom of God. Believe and confess.

And the same principle that governs our spiritual life has the capability of affecting the rest of our life, as well. 

Say what?!?

“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,“ we also believe and therefore speak…” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NKJV)

Let these scriptures sink deep into your spirit:

“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28 NKJV)

“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 11:11 NKJV)

“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is” (Proverbs 15:23 NKJV)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)

Say what?!?

“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.”  (Matthew 8:8 NKJV)

“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24 NKJV)

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

“Confession” is from the Greek word meaning, “to say the same thing.” In other words, to agree with God and His Word about EVERYTHING.

When I confess my sin, I declare it is what God says it is. Sin.

When I confess His Lordship over my life, I declare that I believe the work Christ did through the cross and resurrection applies to my life. All of it.

When I confess, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”, I declare that my weaknesses and inabilities must yield to the power of God. And when I’m weak, then I am strong.

When I confess, “greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world”, I declare my boldness and trust in God to face anything that may come my way. I can’t lose for winning!

Mountains have to move, demons must flee, and my flesh must take a back seat to the power of God; as I believe in my heart and declare (agreeing with God) with my mouth.

No, I’m not saying we have things just because we want them and say we do. We don’t need faith in God to act that way. 

But faith in God, genuine faith in God, will change the way we look at things, and will fine tune the desires of our heart.

So, abide in Him, and let His words abide in you…

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)

If there’s faith in your heart, open your mouth.

Say what?!?

Say His word.
40 Days of Promises

 

Day Four

40 Days of Promises

How His Promises Work

God is good, and His mercy endures forever. He is so good that many people take Him for granted; they feel He does everything for them and there’s nothing they need to do.

Well, it’s true; without Him we couldn’t do anything. Yet many times there are things we must do in order for His promises to be fulfilled. Many, I’d say most, of His promises are conditional.

For instance:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV)

Notice, we are to “work out” that which God “works in”. It’s called obedience. God speaks to our heart, either through His Word or an intuition, a thought, or a perceived notion generated by His Spirit, and our responsibility is to obey as quickly and precisely as possible.

A good example of this principle is found in Malachi 3:8-12.

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10 ESV)

“Bring (or obey)” and the Lord will fulfill His promise. That’s typically how His promises work.

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1 ESV)

Who wouldn’t want the promise of God as their Father, dwelling in their midst, treating them as Sons and Daughters?

So, for anyone really desiring His promises, the condition is established: cleanse yourself of any and every defilement, and be holy, walking in the fear of God.

Another important aspect of how His promises work: we must mix faith with the promises.

“Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” (Hebrews 4:1-2 ESV)

Hebrews gives the example of the Israelites hearing the promises of the rich and fertile land, over and over, yet never mixing faith in the promises. To them, either God was a liar or the promises were too good to be true.

Look at the following verse. Paul wrote in regards to the work God did through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Notice God’s part in the work, AND our part.

“…having been buried with him in baptism, in which YOU WERE ALSO RAISED WITH HIM THROUGH FAITH in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12 ESV)

God did His part.

And if His promises aren’t realized, it’s not because He changed His mind. He isn’t a liar. However, as in the case of the Israelites, it COULD be that we didn’t mix faith with the promise or we didn’t obey the promise giver.

Yes, there are a few times we don’t have to do anything; His will is going to happen. But more times than not, if His promise didn’t happen it’s because we didn’t understand how they work, or we didn’t care.

But now we know.

We know we need to obey the conditions.

We know we must mix our faith with His promises.

That’s how His promises work.

Day Three

40 Days of Promises

God’s work in Abraham.

Abraham was truly a remarkable man. Not a perfect man, but one that made a difference in his world and ours.

His story is definitely worth the read.

He had some good times and bad times. Frustrating moments and glorious moments. Days when he knew God was near, and days he wasn’t so sure.

But, overall, his life is marked by faith.

In the face of utter failure and impossible odds, he believed God.

When everything around him validated his fear, his faith in God gave him the strength to take the next step in obedience to God, leaving fear far behind.

“…as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” – in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:17-21 ESV)

Abraham didn’t deny his, or his wife’s, age. He considered all the reasons why God’s promises shouldn’t work, why he shouldn’t trust God. But not one of them convinced him otherwise.

God had proved Himself to Abraham on more than one occasion. So Abraham knew what to do when fear came knocking and failure seemed inevitable.

He “grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced…” To Abraham, God knew what He was doing. So Abraham kept praising God, kept glorifying God, and growing stronger in faith.

And that same spirit of faith is available to you and I.

Today.

God’s the same, faith is the same, and with God’s help, we can experience the God of Abraham along with the faith of Abraham.

God’s work in Abraham consisted of God giving the promise, and Abraham, against all odds, letting faith and patience sustain him until he actually saw the promise fulfilled.

God giving, Abraham letting.

“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” (Hebrews 6:11-15 ESV)

And that is God’s plan for you and I. It’s how He will work in our lives. Whether the promise is “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”, or “I am the Lord Who heals you”, the work of God is the same. He speaks, we “let”. We believe.

We keep on believing.

And He keeps His word.

The faith of Abraham; notice how it’s connected to the work God does in us.

“…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith…And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:26,29 ESV)

Sons of God, through faith. Abraham’s offspring, through faith.

Let’s allow God the freedom to work in us as He did in Abraham.

With faith and patience.

Day Two

40 Days of Promises

God’s Word

There is no book like the Bible. Yet the Bible itself isn’t holy; it’s the book’s content that makes it so very special.

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23 ESV)

The Word which God has spoken, and still speaks to us today, is that which brings life, healing, peace, joy; everything that pertains to life and godliness.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:6-11 ESV)

A word you can count on to change your circumstances and your life. It pours forth from the heart of God to the ear, through the mind, and deep into the heart of every person who will give God an opportunity to speak into their lives.

It ALWAYS succeeds; accomplishing His desires.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 ESV)

Because of God’s Word, no one ever has to be lost. Stumbling around in darkness can be a thing of the past. All may be recipients of His grace and peace, and enjoy God’s favor and blessing.

Teaching, correction, restoration, divine wisdom, and faith come as one fellowships with God and His word.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

God’s Word is vital to understanding and utilizing the precious promises of God.

“I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.” (Psalm 119:162 ESV)

Make God’s Word THE priority of your life; and experience a portion of Heaven on earth.

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