Man is a spirit being, and we are very capable of operating on the same level of faith as God.
Mark 9:23, – “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Matthew 17:20 – “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.‘”
Do you know that these scriptures are not theories, but they are facts? They are spiritual laws. They work every time they are applied correctly. God never does anything without saying it first. He is a faith God. He released His Faith in words, and we should do the same. We are to be imitators of God just like Jesus. (Ephesians 5:1)
To imitate God, we must talk like Him, and act like Him. He would not ask us to do anything that we are not capable of doing.
Matthew 8:5-8 – “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.”’ 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.‘”
Vs 10 says that when Jesus heard this He marveled, and said to those who were following him, Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
Capernaum is where Jesus healed the first individual recorded in Scripture (John 4:46). This was when a nobleman came to Jesus, asking Him to heal his son. The father wanted Jesus to come to his house for this healing, but Jesus told the man to go home because his son was already healed. It came to pass exactly as Jesus said.
What are you saying?
Mark 11:23 – “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.‘“
In this verse there is an emphasis on saying and not just believing. God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in the earth by His words.
Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.“
The whole creation was made by and responds to words. Our words, when spoken in faith, release either life or death and will affect people, things, and circumstances. We can release the power that is in faith by our words.
Matthew 11:12-14 – “Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.’ And His disciples heard it.”
In a later verse in this chapter Jesus began explaining to his disciples how His faith worked on the fig tree. Anyone who uses faith the way that He did can get the same results. Three times in this verse, (Mark 11:23) Jesus stressed speaking. This is a vital part of faith. We can’t just think faith. It needs to be spoken.
Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV says, “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Notice that it’s not only important to speak our faith; it’s also important to whom or what we are speaking. This verse says we are to speak to the mountain. The mountain symbolizes our problem or the thing we want removed. Most people speak to God about their problems. This verse is saying we need to speak to our problems about our God. We should say things like,
“Cancer, you go now” and “Body, you recover.”
“Leg pain, hip pain, get out of my body.”
“Eye floaters, I curse you from the root cause. I command you to die now in the Name of Jesus!!!”
This involves the believer taking their authority and commanding the problem to be removed. The Lord didn’t say “Pray for the sick.” He said, “Heal the sick”. There is a huge difference between the two.
A common prayer today for healing would be something like “Father, I thank You that by the stripes of Jesus, I have been healed. I’m claiming my healing in the name of Jesus.” Those statements are good and true, but that’s not what Jesus was instructing us to do. We should speak directly to the problem and, using our authority in Jesus, command the problem to be removed.
Notice that people must believe that the words they say will come to pass, without doubting in their hearts. People who don’t place a value on words and constantly say things they don’t mean can’t do this. They train their bodies not to believe or take their words seriously with many of the foolish things they say. For example, when we say things like this back pain is killing me. Those are people who don’t place value on their words, if they did do, they really believe that a back pain was literally killing them?
Those who see the miraculous things come to pass that Jesus was promising in Proverbs 18:20-21 are those who bridle their tongues all the time, not just when they are in a bind and need something from God. Our words are important, and we need to be careful with the words that we speak!
God made us to operate in faith. Faith is released by speaking words. The Lord commands us to believe that what we say will come to pass.
In the last part of Mark 11:23, it says, “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” If we receive this instruction and begin to speak words in faith that line up with God’s Word, and believe them, then we will have the positive results that follow. But if we refuse this lesson and continue to speak words of doubt, we will eventually believe those doubt filled words and have the negative things that these words produce. Matthew 12:36-37, says every word counts.
There are no such things as “idle” words. Death and life are in the power of every word we speak. Our words can be our most powerful weapon against the devil, or they can become a snare of the devil. Faith is based on knowledge and wrong knowledge produces wrong faith.
How faith works
When we struggle to believe that God’s promises to us will happen, that’s unbelief; but the root of that unbelief is a lack of love. Galatians 5:6 says faith works by love. That means that love is the driving force behind our faith. Remove or diminish love, and faith ceases to be what it should be.
Carnal love is completely motivated by the emotions or senses, but God’s love comes from the heart, and although the feelings are affected, they do not motivate or prevent God’s love. God’s kind of love is a choice that we make based on what God said, and then act on it in faith until it becomes a reality in our spirit, soul, and body.
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Faith is seeing. It’s just not seeing with our physical eyes. Faith is simply seeing through the eyes of our hearts into the spiritual world and basing our thoughts and actions on those spiritual realities instead of being limited to the physical perceptions alone.
Romans 1:17 – “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'”
They don’t just visit faith occasionally, or vacation there once a year; they live in and by faith. It is important that we learn to have a consistent, confident faith. Meaning we live by faith, we walk by faith, and we overcome by faith. By believing, by saying, by decreeing a thing, this is how we deal with mountains in our lives.
2 Corinthians 4:13 – “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,“
Here, Paul was speaking about having the same kind of faith in God as the Old Testament psalmist. He was quoting Psalms 116:10. Paul’s point is that his faith in God caused him to speak and proclaim the truth of the Gospel, just as the O.T. prophets’ faith caused them to speak. True Faith speaks!
Genesis 1:1-3 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”
The Holy Spirit it says was hovering over the face of the waters. Hovering why? For a command from God. Then God said in verse 3, Let light Be, and light was! Spiritual things were creating physical things.
Hebrews 11:1-3 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
The physical world is subject to the spiritual world, and it must obey spiritual words. Faith is substance and we must bring that substance of faith from the spirit realm into the physical realm. What is hope? Hope is earnest expectation. Are you earnestly expecting anything today? If you are, then faith, consistent, confident faith will cause what you are earnestly expecting to materialize for you. But you must see it in your heart first before you can see it in the physical.
Creation is maintained by words
Hebrews 1:3 – “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”
Everything in creation is being maintained by words. We should be masters on the earth with the words we speak. We should speak on purpose with a purpose. When words are spoken from a spiritual being the physical must obey. We don’t have to roll over and simply take what is done to us, we must take charge with the words that we speak.
God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth; therefore, as Creator, they are His. However, the dominion of the earth was given to man (Genesis 1:28). God does not rule directly over the earth; that is under man’s authority. Man gave that authority to satan. This is why Jesus had to come in the form of a man.
As God, He didn’t have the authority to change what man had done, but when He became a man, satan was in BIG trouble. God had become a man and, as such, he had power and authority to execute judgment on the earth. John 5:27 NKJV says, “and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because he the Son of man.” We have been given authority.
Joshua 10:12-13 – “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.”
This must be one of the greatest miracles recorded in Scripture. Joshua took his authority and spoke directly to the moon and sun. This is the attitude expressed by Jesus in Mark 11:23.
We know the earth is orbiting around the sun, and it is the rotation of the earth that makes the sun appear to rise and set. Therefore, it would appear that the earth stopped, not the sun. This would have caused unbelievable consequences we would think. When we think about the oceans and seas, they would have sent tidal waves that would have engulfed the earth. Yet none of this happened.
What must the enemy have thought? They were in full retreat and no doubt were anticipating the approach of night in hopes of it aiding their escape. Yet night was delayed for about 24 hours. They must have realized a miracle was taking place. They must have known God was on the side of Israel. All because of the words that Joshua spoke!
We need a revelation of who we are and the authority and power we have! We need to speak the word only to every situation or attack we encounter in our lives. In John 2:2-10 this is the account of Jesus at the wedding where he turned water into wine. Vs 5 states that Jesus’ mother Mary after being mildly rebuked by Jesus in the previous verse tells the servants that whatever Jesus says, do it. This is the key to all miracles. Whatever He says, just do it. What is He saying to us in His word today? As a creative spiritual being we are to speak the word to physical beings.
Fear vs Faith
Fear only comes in the absence of faith. The opposite of fear isn’t faith but love. If we abide in His love, then that love produces faith as I shared in Galatians 5:6 earlier, and faith eliminates fear. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Words are containers. They carry faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.
Romans 10:17 – “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.“
Faith comes more quickly when you hear yourself quoting, speaking, and saying the things God said. You will more readily receive God’s word into your spirit by hearing yourself say it than if you simply hear someone else say it.
For God’s word to be effective, we must speak it, and that creative power will come forth performing that which is spoken in faith.
God doesn’t want us to say what we have He wants us to know that we can have what we SAY!!!! When we begin to do this we set a spiritual law in motion for our circumstance. And the correct application of this spiritual law will change even the most impossible situation.
Faith talks, and when faith talks it talks faith not fear and unbelief. I encourage you pay attention to the words that you speak. They are life and death….speak life, SPEAK THE WORD ONLY!!!!
Recap: Speak the Word Only
- Spiritual Laws, they work every time they are applied correctly.
- Jesus operated in faith principles.
- What are you saying? Faith is released by speaking words.
- Faith works by love.
- Fear only comes in the absence of faith.
Isaiah 55:11 – “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Say this out loud: My tongue is the most powerful weapon and force of my life. It has the power of life and death. I choose my words carefully in everything I say and in every situation. They produce fruit and accomplish all I want it to! My words prosper everywhere I send it.
Prayer: Lord I take your Word personally and I will train myself to speak your Word only. I will live in joy and peace.