The Power of Faith – Believe, Speak, and Receive

Did you know that faith has power? Whatever you believe is what you will speak. What you speak produces the results you are living out every day of your life.

Whatever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:24

Did you know that faith has power? Whatever you believe is what you will speak. What you speak produces the results you are living out every day of your life. Many people do not take stock on what they say every day. In James 3:6, it is stated that the tongue defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature, or our path in life. With such a warning, maybe we should reconsider the words that flow out of our mouth. Jesus spoke to his disciples about the power of faith by believing in prayer that what you speak, you will receive. Just think about the fig tree that Jesus cursed because it had no fruit [see Mark 11:12-14 and 20-24]. Peter the disciple of Jesus, pointed it out to Jesus that the fig tree had withered away, and Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” Jesus explains to his disciples that they too can have this kind of power if they would “believe what they say”.

The power of words is amazing, and we just do not think about it when we speak every day to those who we are in contact with. Just think about the words spoken on social networks. The slandering is out of control, and many are hurt at what is being said. Today we have employers dismissing people by email, rather than facing the individual in person. Add to the list cyberbullying which is posting rumors and treats. Words are powerful and we need to check take stock of our speech and behavior to that of a more positive tone rather than a negative tone. What we speak can be in the power of God and not in the power of man. Knowing that Jesus is the author of our faith [Hebrews 12:2] helps us to understand that our minds can be renewed to having the power of faith in what we speak.

The apostle Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” [KJV]. We speak what we believe and this of itself is powerful. Paul has complete confidence in God, whom he believes that what is spoken will reveal the nature of God. We must choose blessing or cursing, life, or death, in the words we speak. Are the words we speak based upon faith? In 2 Corinthians 4:18 it states that we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” When we pray, we look at what is not seen instead of what is right before us.  I remember Smith Wigglesworth commenting how when he prayed for the sick in bed, they look to Jesus rather than the condition of the person in bed.

Can we “Have Faith in God?” Yes, we can, when we put our trust in God through His son Jesus. However, there is a condition listed in Mark chapter 11 that is overlooked.

When you stand praying, forgive, if ye have anything[ought] against any, that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father, who is in heaven, forgive your trespasses.

Mark 11:25-26 [KJV]

Many forget that to receive anything from God one must have a pure heart and motive. So, if you have anger, or unforgiveness against anyone, you must forgive them. This is one reason why we have unanswered prayers. We only look at what we want, but when it comes to forgiving it can be very painful to let go of the hurt that an individual has done to us. This includes not only actions but the many unkind words that has been spoken. Do not let those behaviors or words pull you down to becoming burdened and angry. Let it go and place it in God’s hand. Remember that you cannot change another person, but you can be the reason why somebody changes. When your heart is in the right place you can ask and it shall come to pass, but forgiveness is the key to the prayer of faith. We can believe, speak, and receive just like Jesus did.  May we grow in having more faith in God and by taking stock in what we speak.

The Glory of God

The glory of God is all around us if we are willing to see its majesty. Landscapes and seascapes reveal the glory of God in the images of color and light to which many artists try to capture what they see with the naked eye.

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

John 11:40

The glory of a majestic sunset

The glory of God is all around us if we are willing to see its majesty. Landscapes and seascapes reveal the glory of God in the images of color and light to which many artists try to capture what they see with the naked eye. How can we see the glory of God? How can we see the splendor, beauty, and magnificence of God’s glory in our life? Have you ever wanted to see His glory? Can we believe to see the glory of God? This is what Jesus said to Martha when he yelled out for Lazarus to come forth out of the grave in the gospel of John chapter 11. Can you imagine witnessing this event? I often wondered what it was like and how many were astonished at what they were witnessing with their own eyes. Whatever we may have done, is nothing compared to what God has done.

To see God’s wondrous works among people is amazing to witness and I have seen it with my own eyes. People being healed during a song I have sung or witnessing healings of people during a crusade I participated in was displaying the glory of God. I remember watching Kathryn Kuhlman television program in Southern California in the early 70’s. Kathryn received so much criticism and skeptics were out to discredit the ministry God had given her. The very idea that God would use a woman was unheard of. Some have said it was sacrilegious. Yet, those behind the scenes saw tears upon tears flowing down her face as she laid on the floor praying to God. Let us remember that Jesus too had skeptic’s out to do him in as well, yet He went about healing sickness and every disease among the people [see Matthew 9:35]. No one really knows how many people were touched by the message of the Gospel during Kuhlman’s crusades, only God knows the truth.

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

2 Peter 1:16

Peter exhorting for people to remember the power and glory of God to whom he was an eyewitness of his majesty. We do not always remember the near misses of death we may have experienced, but these are miraculous especially if a tornado missed your house, or a car misses your car in a near accident. In 1974 on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, I was struck down by a car walking home with several friends. I always looked both ways before crossing the street, but as I step out on the street, I went a little faster ahead of my friends and was hit by a car. My friends witnessed what happened and exclaimed that the car came from out of no wear with no head lights on. I was partially under the front of the car and knocked out while they were in shock as to what happened. I came around and saw I was under the front of the car. My elbow and hip were sore, but I did not seem to be badly hurt. My friends said that the car stop so fast as if a wall was up, so it did not completely run me over. They believed it was a miracle that I was not seriously hurt. I thanked God for keeping me alive and well.

Sometimes we ignore these miracles, but they do happen every day.  Even when we do get hurt physically, God is still able to bring healing to our bodies.  His healing is still available today if we would only ask him. I am amazed at the many times I have received healing for my body. Jesus said, “whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son,” [see John14:13]. Whatever happens in your life, remember that you are witnessing God’s glory in your life. We need to pass on the glory to God as Andrae Crouch once said before singing the song “My Tribute [To God be the Glory]. Give God the glory today, for all the things he has done in your life.

The Mustard Seed

The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; Which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Matthew 13:31-32

Have you heard the story of the mustard seed? The mustard seed is the smallest seed, yet when it is planted it grows into a big tree. Does the size of a seed matter when it comes to Faith? No, the size of the seed does not matter. However, the right condition does matter. When a seed is exposed to the proper conditions such as light, water, and temperature it grows. What about Faith? How does Faith grow? First, we must establish what Faith is. Faith is conviction, assurance, and reliance upon Christ. In Hebrews 12:2, it states that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. We must believe in who Jesus is and that He is risen from the dead, for if He is not risen, then our Faith is in vain [see 1 Corinthians 15:14].

How do we get Faith? The Bible tells us that Faith comes by hearing the word of God.   We can build our Faith by reading the word, or by hearing someone’s testimony of a miracle that has happen. The miracle of sight, the miracle of hearing, or the miracle of healing from some disease shows God’s faithfulness when we believe. Have you witness a miracle? It is always exciting to hear about a miracle, and or experience one for yourself.  Miracles are always possible with God.

In all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John we can read about wonderful healing and miracles. It all centers around the person of Jesus. God uses people who are full of faith to make miracles happen. Like Stephen in Acts 6:8, who was full of faith and power, and he did great wonders and miracles among the people. Jesus said on more than one occasion in the Bible that it was unbelief that kept the healing from manifesting itself. Just look at Matthew chapter 17:14-20, where a man brought his son who was mentally ill to the disciples and they could not heal him. Jesus asked for the boy to be brought to him, and he healed him. The disciples wondered why they could not heal the boy. This is what Jesus said.

Because of your unbelief; for I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 17:20 KJV

Faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen [see Hebrews 11:1]. Divided loyalty and indecision voids faith from working. This is usually the result of fear of failure. Sometimes we do not have patience and or willingness for the healing to take place. I once read about a woman who had a large goiter and she believed that God healed her. Everyone who knew her thought she was out of her mind because they could see that she was not healed, yet the healing took place one year later. The substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen. . .she saw it, but those around her did not have faith to see her healed. No one knows why it took a year, but we do know that all things are possible with God [ see Matthew 19:26].

We can also glean some insight from James, the brother of Jesus. James said that faith without works is dead [see James 2:14-20]. James gave Abraham and his son Isaac as an example. Abraham was instructed by God to offer up his son on the alter as a sacrifice. When Abraham acted on what God told him, God provided a ram. Abraham was not divided in his loyalty to God even though he loved his son [see Genesis 22]. Each person is given a measure of faith and when we act upon it, we begin to grow and see the power of God. No matter what situation you are in, believe in the author and the finisher of our faith Jesus, and witness the wonder of miracles today. . .the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen. Place it in God’s hand and believe in his provision. May your faith grow as big as the mustard tree.