"Jesus answered and said
unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye
shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the
sea; it shall be done."
We all want "mountain-moving" faith like Jesus inspires us to attain in Matthew 21:21 (KJV). Every sermon we've heard teaches that faith is all we need to cause any of God's promises to occur in our lives.
We would never wish to be someone Jesus says "Oh ye of little faith" to, so we constantly pray for humongous muscles of faith.
He told us to have it, and we've asked for more of it so many times; so why, oh why, does our faith often seem worthless and unfruitful?
What most Christians don't realize is that we already have the amount of faith we need to do all Jesus said we could, and more. We just need to know the code that taps us into that power.
Notice, there is an equation in that opening scripture that includes the key word "say." The very next verse (Matthew 21:22) reads that whatever we ask in prayer will be granted.
Yes, that's right. Faith has to be voice-activated.
Just as Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) states "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." Promises and requests are to be spoken, claimed, and confessed.
No, it isn't our positive words or our own voice in itself which brings desires to pass; it is the faith behind our voice which unlocks the doors to all our prayers.
"...The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach..." Romans 10:8-9 (KJV).
If we want to see miracles and wonders accomplished in our assemblies; if we want mountains of trials and temptations to be removed from our paths; if we want to see lives and hearts touched around us, all we have to do is make the petition from our literal lips, and then close it with "amen," believing it will be done.
Just asking for and obtaining faith isn't enough.
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There is an action required on our part to show we believe in the Authority within us. Otherwise, we can't expect faith to have any effect.
In Exodus 14:15 (KJV), the Lord said to Moses: Why cry? Speak.
The father of a possessed son in Mark 9:24 (KJV), "said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Jesus rebuked the storm in Mark 4:39, and told Mother Nature to be still.
And these are just a few of the many examples the saints of old activated faith in the Bible with their voice.
Many times we have quiet faith, secretly believing things can and will work themselves out according to God's plan. Although it is true that He will orchestrate it all no matter what, He wants to see us take charge and speak it into existence, whatever our need may be.
Don't get me wrong, silent prayers have their place and importance as well. God hears our unspoken requests, of course.
But the more I read the Word the more I'm realizing that the Lord wants us to be bold--claiming our rights based on His promise to fulfill them.
And He wants us to ask abundantly too, as James 1:6
(KJV) encourages, "But let him ask
in faith, nothing wavering..."
Instead of admitting to all the negatives and issues in our lives, we need to speak
with authority and with faith, whether in prayer or when discussing our present circumstances with others.
God is still the same today
as He has always been, so there is no exception to your confession of faith versus all the people and passages mentioned above who came before you and earned their testimonies the same way.
Let the enemy hear you make your claims out loud, frequent, and in Jesus' name.
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