The ABCs of Faith

13 May 2019GWC

Trusting a God you can’t see may not always be easy—but it is simple. Thank God He’s given us clear principles in the Word, and if we practice them consistently, our faith will grow and move mountains. Here are 3 simple steps to get the Word of God working against the mountains in your life:

A. Agree with the Word.

Let the Bible be the final authority for you. When facing any problem big or small, whose voice will you trust the most? Is it a health problem? Then you’ve got your own pain, discomfort and other symptoms constantly speaking to you. You checked the internet, so you’ve probably read some voices there. Then, the voices of the medical professionals kick in. They work in the natural realm. They can give you a full report of what they see and what the tests results show.

But then you have the Word. John 10:10 says Jesus came that we would have abundant life. Sickness is not abundant life. Following our example, here are just a few of the many healing favorites: Psalm 107:20- He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. Proverbs 4:21- The Word is life and health to all our flesh. 1 Peter 2:24- Jesus bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin would live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

The easy way is to just believe your own body, your mental reasoning, your pain, your emotions, the expert standing over you. But to find the supernatural way out of the problem, you’ll have to believe the Word instead.

But that’s hard, you say. I can’t see or feel the Word. That’s why it takes faith!

Jesus said, 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)

The time to abide in the Word and meditate on it is not in the emergency of the circumstance. Begin walking closely with God today, and you’ll hear Him, trust Him and walk with Him through anything.

B. Believe

Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith, it’s impossible to please God. Unbelief actually angers God, because He has given us so many reasons to trust Him. It also says that when we come to God, we must believe that 1) there is a God 2) He rewards the diligent seeker. Thank God we can please and not anger Him.

Mark 11:23-24 says this: “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.

So faith works both by saying and by praying. Both. Then we seal the deal by acting our faith. We pray, say and act—all supporting what the Word says about our problem, and then we see the mountain move.

C. Confess the Word.

God created the entire universe with the words, “Let there be…” His words carry that much power. So when we say the words that He’s already given us in the Bible, they don’t lose that power. No! They work the same way in your mouth than they do in His.

Remember when you got saved? You may not have known it, but you were following Romans 10:9-10: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You believed. You confessed. Then you knew you were God’s child. He was real to you, and you felt the wonderful change in your life.

Well the same way your faith worked for salvation is the same way it will work to bring you His other wonderful benefits. Faith is faith, and it works the same way every time. Get your mouth saying the exact same thing as the Word, and (just as importantly) NOT saying the same thing as the experts, your mental reasoning, your emotions, your body. Every time you speak the Word instead, His power grows in you, and the power of doubt shrinks.

So don’t give up. Just like a child practicing the alphabet, success comes by repetition.  Repeat them, and apply them in your life to challenges big and small. Then you’ll begin to master God’s whole, rich language of faith as He writes His best work in you.

 

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