Speaking Things By Faith

speakIt would seem so simple to be able to have confidence in the things we speak.  We often time hear the scripture,  “speak those things that be not as though they are” or there is power in your tongue.  Depending on where your faith is, this may be true.  What I have discovered in my faith journey that sometimes speaking by faith is not as easy as it sounds when you are having to speak on something that you need God to help you on.  Sometimes the situation that you are faced with is so big and real before you that it literally dominates your mind to where you can’t speak against it.  It’s hard to decree and declare you are healed when the doctor is constantly dishing you medication for an issue.  It’s hard to decree and declare that the job is yours when you see that two of the other applicants have way more education than you do and are way more experienced.  How do you overcome the urge to cower to what appears before your eyes and still speak things by faith?  We have to first examine what is it that makes us feel weak against speaking by faith in the first place.  It is a confidence issue and it is manifested in a myriad of ways.

We Don’t Have Confidence in God

I spoke about this in great depth in my article Unwavering Faith.  I pointed out how Apostle Paul reminded us that God has given us promises and we should believe those promises because they came from the one “that can speak those things that be not, as though they were”. (Romans 4:17)   John 1:1 recaps , “In the beginning was the word, the Word was with God, and God was the Word”  John further tells us how powerful the Word is and the Word manifested into flesh.  The Word in all of His authority manifests things because He is the Word.  What that means is that God is most potent in your life through your speaking.  He is Word, He is spoken Word.  God is unspoken Word.  If God makes up everything that was, is, and is to come, then He makes up those things that do not currently exist for you.  Here is something to consider:  Faith is the manifestation of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)  If faith is the material that constructs what you are hoping for, then how do you obtain the faith?  Here is  how.  Faith comes by Hearing, and hearing comes by the Word of God.(Romans 10:17)  Remember, in the beginning, was the Word and that Word encapsulates EVERYTHING.  This is the total authority of God.  Why is it that we don’t trust in His authority enough to speak things into existence by faith?  God is the Word.  He alone is the authority.

We Don’t Have Confidence in Our Authority in God

When you are doubtful of the charge God has in your life, you become like Moses.  In Exodus, God tells Moses to go free his people.  What a daunting task that must have seemed to be to Moses.  Moses says to God, Lord, I am afraid.  My speech is not strong enough to convey to this enemy such a command.  How will they know who sent me? “Exodus 3:7-13”  It sounds like Moses was doubting God’s authority.  Wow! Now does that not sound like you and me?  Are we not like that most times when large situations come up to us and we quickly point out how big the opposition is because of some weakness that we have?  We must remember that God is made strong in our weaknesses. God’s response to feeble minded Moses was “I AM that I AM, tell them that I AM sent you” (Exodus 3:14)  Now think about that for a second.  What kind of power one must have to declare by His own authority that anything I send you to do will take place because I AM….Period!?  Think about that thing you have faced that just seems like it will not budge.  God has told you over and over again what His promise is concerning it.  Now look at that thing and say, God said He is who He is!  And HE sent me to execute what He has promised.  The reason why Moses doubted In the first place is because he had too much confidence in himself.  He had confidence in the fact that he could not speak well.  He did not believe that he had the authority to go back and free all those people and then it was not any ole place that he was going to go, he was going back to the land where he had committed murder.  God quickly corrected that and let him quickly know, It is not by your might nor authority that these people will be freed.  He said you shall go forth and confront your adversary and tell them I said that they will give these people over to you and you tell them they will do it because I AM WHO I AM.  God has given us this type of authority in the earth.  This is how you speak things by power and by faith.  It is not by your own might but it is by the Spirit of the Living God.

We Have More Confidence in the Situation.

The last reason we become tripped up when it comes to speaking life into our situations is because we believe what we see with our eyes more than what we are believing God for.  You have to see before you see it or you never will see it.  I am not sure who said that first but I get that from Karen Clark Sheard.  She has a wonderful song entitled My Words Have Power that I like to hear that talks about speaking those things that be not as though they are.  Check it out below.  In the song she exhorts: “Quit talking to God about your mountain and tell the mountain about your God!” God took Prophet Ezekiel into the valley of the dry bones.  He said, “Can these dry bones live”  Ezekiel replied, only you know Lord.  Stop right there.  Ezekiel had no confidence that they could live.  He believe the dead bones on the ground but, he was wise enough to know that If I AM has asked if they can live, then surely they could live if God willed it to be so.  God said: “Prophesy to those bones”. (Ezekiel 37:1-14)   You have to think like Ezekiel.  Even though you see dead bones all around you, do not succumb to the pressure to believe what you see has to always be what you see.  Prophesy to your situation and speak life back in to it.  You do not have to accept things as they are.  As long as you believe that your circumstances have power to remain as they appear, then they will always be just as they appear.  We walk by faith and not by sight.(2 Corinthians 5:7)  This is not some fairy tale, hocus pocus, make believe stuff to tell yourself just so you can feel better, but this is the truth of your Christian experience.  You cannot just take salvation and let that be the end of it.  Since you believe in a supernatural God then why not live a supernatural life?

We Are Afraid of the Breakthrough

We are closer to the manifestation of our miracles than we think but it is our inability to believe that it can happen that keeps us separated from it.  I teach that faith will make you try things out.  Faith does not always guarantee that you will get what you seek, but it does guarantee that you will take action towards what you seek.  Faith says there is dedication and a purpose behind your belief.  Why have faith if you are afraid of what it can build for you?  If you will not speak with authority over your life, then you should stop going to church, stop confessing Christ, stop doing it all.  Faith is the cornerstone of your belief in Christ.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.(Hebrews 11:6)  It is a mandate that a servant be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2) Do you see the theme here?  Faith is the bridge that gets you through to your breakthrough.  Your mouth is the vehicle.  God’s authority is literally sitting on the tip of your tongue just waiting for you to unleash its power.  Our spirit knows this.  Could it be that we are afraid to speak because we know that it just might happen?  You have to know that you are powerful.  A cultivated relationship with God will sharpen this power and make it potent.

Final Thoughts

The time is now.  Change your language from passive petitions to God to charging your atmosphere with decrees against the enemy that stands before you.  God has already given you the authority to speak life into dead situations.  Speak what you desire to see.  It will feel strange at first and you may even feel tempted to stop, but the more you do it the more you gain confidence in speaking life over and over again.  There is so much more that can be said about this subject.  Speak to your situation and watch it change.  Call those things that be not as though they are.

-Jerome Tripp

 

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