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Kenneth Hagin Jr.
This Bible study has touched my heart very deeply. Read it and apply it.
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, hut shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
- Mark 11:23
Believers must realize how important it is to continually speak the Word of God. People will simply say, "You can have what you say." But, really, there's more to it than that. You can have what you say if it's in line with God's Word. If you say something ridiculous, such as, "I'm believing God for ten million oil wells," you won't get it. First, you don't need that many oil wells. And, second, I'm not sure that believing God for ten million oil wells is in line with His Word. You could believe for prosperity in general, and that would be in line with God's Word. But to try to believe for ten million oil wells is not faith; it's presumption. You must talk and believe in line with the Word of God.
People want to walk with God and yet disagree with His Word. They don't do it willfully, but they'll say, "Well, now, this is what my church believes about this," or, "This is what ƒ believe about that." But what does God's Word say? How can you walk with God if you disagree with what He says? The Word of God is true regard-less of your opinion about it. Therefore, believe and speak in line with the Word of God. Say what it says regarding your situation, and things will begin to happen for you. You'll begin to experience the blessings of God.
It's important to realize that you can never have the blessings and triumphs God intends for you to enjoy as long as you are not speaking in line with His Word. You have to say what God says about your finances, health. strength, and any other blessings.
You also must be willing to keep speaking His blessings, power, and promises. When you keep quiet, you get into trouble. There are times to keep quiet, but when it comes to speaking in line with God's Word, you should never keep quiet.
Remember how the Apostle Paul admonished Philemon regarding his faith as a believer.
6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the ACKNOWLEDGING of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
When you acknowledge something, you usually say something. Suppose you were in a theater and someone announced, "We have a check for a thousand dollars for the person sitting in section one, row five, and seat six." If you were sitting in that seat, I don't think you'd have any trouble acknowledging that you were who they were looking for. You'd probably jump up and shout, "Hey, it's me! It's me! It's me!"
Well, if you're going to make God's Word work for you, you need to jump up, so to speak, and acknowledge what God says about you. The world will try and tell you that you are nothing - that you're not loved, you don't have a chance in life, and you're never going to make it. But you shouldn't acknowledge what the world says about you. Rather, acknowledge what the Word of God says about you.
Romans 10:8 says, ". . . The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." How does the word of faith work? By speaking what's in your heart. The word "heart" in this verse does not refer to the physical heart that pumps blood throughout the body. It refers to the innermost part of man, the spirit of man.
... talk in line with the Word of God and say what it says regarding your situation and things will begin to happen for you.
When the heart and mouth agree together, faith is operative and victory is present (Rom. 10:9,10). But that can't happen if you're believing one thing and saying something else. You have to keep on speaking the Word of God.
A lot of people don't know if they really believe something or not. Some will say the right words just to get other people off their backs, so to speak. But that won't do them any good. They can listen to other people and "parrot" the right words, and yet what they say is not coming out of their heart. Their words may just be coming out of their intellect - out of their mind. And since they're not saying what they believe in their heart, _faith is not operative.
When faith is operative, you will confidently say, for example, "There is therefore now no condemnation to me for I am in Christ" (Rom. 8:1). If the enemy - the devil - can't get you any other way, he will try to put you under condemnation regarding something that's already been covered by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the enemy comes to you with condemnation, begin to quote the Word of God to him. Keep on saying what the Bible says! The power that's in God's Word will work in every area of your life.
Did you know that it's difficult to listen to someone else's words while you're talking? If the devil is talking in your ear, condemning and accusing you, start speaking God's Word with your own voice. When you do that, you won't allow the enemy to put negative thoughts into your mind. You can also sing praises and hymns about Jesus, the Word, and the things of God. As you continue speaking this way, you will get in agreement with God.
You can quote Second Corinthians 3:17: ". . . where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." What do you get when you continue to speak and believe that verse? You get liberty! Liberty means to be free from cares or any form of bondage. For example, according to Second Corinthians 4:4, we were once enslaved to the god of this world. But we have been released from that bondage and set free because of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that was shed on Calvary. Therefore, we can speak our liberty in Christ and thank God for it.
Along these same lines, you can also say, "I've cast all of my care upon Him, for He cares for me" (l Peter 5:7). When you believe and continue to speak that, you can enjoy a carefree life. I didn't say you'll never have any problems, but you can live above those things as you trust God to take care of them. Most people pray and ask the Lord to take their burdens and cares away. But when they're through praying, they reach down and pick up their pack of burdens and cares, put it back on, and walk away with a long face.
When you cast all your cares on the Lord, you won't walk away with a long face. You won't walk away saying, "I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know how things are going to turn out. We're in such a mess." My friend, if you're talking like that, you are burdened. You're still in bondage and you're not carefree.
Some take being carefree to extremes and get into error. For example, they take being carefree as a license not to work or provide for their family. Some people say, "I'm just going to live by faith," and they quit their jobs, sit down, and do nothing. But the Bible says, "If a man will not
If you're going to make God's Word work, you need to jump up, so to speak, and acknowledge what God says about you.
work, he shall not eat" (2 Thess. 3:10). What we need to do is take the truth of God's Word, stay in the middle of the road with it, and let it bless us as we speak it.
The Word will bless you as you speak it and let your heart agree with it. You will have what you say!
The same applies to your healing. First Peter 2:24 says, "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." When you talk about healing in line with God's Word, you don't get sickness and disease as a result. No, when you believe and speak God's Word about healing, you get healing!
When you believe and speak God's Word about wisdom, what do you get? You get the wisdom to cope with life. Have you ever needed wisdom to cope with life? According to the Word of God, wisdom has been made available to us (l Cor. 1:30).
Keep speaking God's Word about all that He has done for you. Second Corinthians 2:14 says, "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ . . . ." When you believe and speak that, what do you get? Triumph! Triumph means victory in all things. God always causes you to triumph. Paul didn't say, "God causes us to triumph sometimes." The Bible doesn't say, "If God doesn't answer, you've got to figure it out for yourself and just go through life the best way you can." No, the Word says, "God always causes us to triumph."
Let's examine another verse that deals with God's ability in us to over-come.
l JOHN 4:4
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
When you believe this verse and say, "God in me is greater than he that is in the world," what do you get? You get the power to make your authority and dominion over the works of the devil a reality in your life. You have God the Father on the inside of you. You also have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in you. And God is greater than the god of this world.
What else can you speak from God's Word? Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" When you believe that and speak it, you get strength for your everyday tasks. Did you ever notice that when you wake up and start talking about how bad and weak you feel, it's harder to get out of bed? But when you get out of bed saying, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Ps. 118:24), you get stronger and stronger with each step!
A lot of people say, "I can't do this," or, "I can't do that." But if you're in Christ Jesus and know who you are in Him, you can quote the Word of God that says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). That's you! You can do all things through Him!
During my school years, a teacher and a coach taught me this saying: "If you say, 'I can't,' you can't. If you say, 'I can,' you can." People have thought this was just an educational principle someone came up with. But do you know where it came from? It came from the Word of God.
Many of the laws and principles people teach are based on the Bible. Some of the basis for successful salesmanship is from the Word of God. Sales schools teach you to believe in your product before you sell it. If you believe in it, you'll be able to talk effectively about it.
That sounds like a principle from the Word of God - the principle of believing and saying. The only difference is, the natural world will base everything on you as an individual. There is a problem with that, because you as an individual have limitations. You as a person can only go so far. But when you base your faith on God's Word, there's a spiritual foundation that goes beyond human ingenuity - beyond the natural.
Let's talk about something else God has given you. Romans 12:3 says, ". . . God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." You have all the faith you'll ever need to live an over-coming, successful life.
Some people say, "If l just had more faith - if I could just study a little more and get more faith - then I'd be successful." The problem with that is you can't get any more faith than you already have. The Bible says that you have been given the measure of faith (Rom. 12:3)! You strengthen your measure of faith by studying the Word of God and praying. But something else is involved. You have to work your faith. How do you do that? By speaking the Word of God!
For example, you can read all about health foods and how to eat properly for good health and nutrition. Then you can even act on that information and eat a balanced diet, and your body will respond to that. However, if you're going to build your muscles, you have to work out. You can't rely on nutrition alone. You have to work those muscles. You have to lift weights and do some exercises.
The same is true with exercising your faith. You give your faith a work-out by speaking the Word of God. You say, "God has given me the measure of faith." You don't go around saying, "I need more faith." Once you recognize you've been given the measure of faith, then you can do something about building up your own measure of faith by reading, believing, and speaking God's Word.
You have faith. Now learn to speak in such a way that your faith will
grow. There's not a person I know who looks in the mirror and says, "Man, I don't have any muscles!" No, you might look in the mirror and say, "I've got muscles, but they need some work!" Likewise, you need to develop the faith you have by speaking the Word of God.
You can speak God's Word when dealing with fear. According to Second Timothy 1:7, you can say, "God has not given me the spirit of fear, but He's given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind." When you believe and speak that, what do you get? You get freedom from fear. Just say, "I don't have to be fearful about what is going to happen to the economy." Or, "I don't have to be fearful about what's going to take place in government."
Some people are afraid to do any-thing because they don't know what's going to happen to them. Christian friend, I'll tell you what's going to happen to you. What will happen is exactly what you say will happen according to God's Word. You can boldly say, "I'm secure in Christ Jesus. Therefore, I have no fear, but I have power, love, and a sound mind."
Always speak God's Word in every situation. The Word of God says, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). Speak the fact that God has a supply for your every need. Someone might ask, "What are you going to do if the food supply gets cut off?" Or, "What are you going to do if there's no fuel?"
When you talk about strength according to God's Word, you get strength for your everyday use.
I don't know, but I do know one thing. I'm not going to be fearful about it because I know that my God can take care of the situation and meet all of my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Let the Word of God flow from your lips continually. The Bible says, ". . . let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Heb. 13:15). As you keep speaking God's Word, you'll build yourself up. In the face of impending adverse circumstances, say what God says about your situation. When things are not going the way you think they should, never stop speaking God's Word. Simply keep speaking the promises of God, and your situation will eventually change. As you continue to speak the Word of God, you'll release the power of God to work for you.