The “spirit of faith” and how to release it.
II Corinthians 4:13-14 says, “Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak, Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.”
In these two verses, if you look closely you will see that it’s talking about the present tense. You believe with your heart, mind and soul and now release what you believe with your mouth. That is what is called “right now faith”; if you believe it, you will say it. You will establish what you say with your mouth. That sounds very repetitive and it is but You need to get this “Right Now” kind of FAITH into your thinking.
Now everyone tells us to “have faith in God”, so we repeat what we are told. “Yep, I have plenty of faith!” Yet when someone ask us to pray for a miracle to happen; a healing, deliverance, our “plenty of faith” tends to fade away. In Mark 11:22-23, Jesus gives us instructions on “A “Right Now” kind of FAITH”.
“And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have FAITH in GOD [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain…” I have learned over the years, you don’t say what you don’t believe. Until your heart is in belief, your mouth won’t cause anything to happen. Part of “meditating” in God’s Word (Joshua 1:8), is ‘saying it’.
Did you know that you can tell what’s in a person’s heart by what they say? How do I know that statement is true? Turn to the Book of Proverbs to see that we too can know what is the inside of a person. Things don’t just slip out of us. They were already in their to begin with.
Prov. 4:23 says, “guard you heart and above all that you guard…because out of the heart flows the springs [issues] of life.”
Prov. 4:24 says, “Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and wilful and contrary talk.” A disobedient mouth; false and dishonest speech.
Prov. 12:18 “There are those who speak rashly…but the tongue of the wise…” Promotes health; speaks healing.
Prov. 13:2 says, “…fruit is the words we say”.
Prov. 18:20 says, “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit [words] of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].”
When God says something, we should know that He won’t change them! Psalm 89:34-35.
I have always had a problem of “speaking my mind” without thinking of the consequences of my words. Rash thinking promotes a rash mouth. The “fruit” doesn’t taste very good to anyone. I am now trying an exercise; I try to taking a breath first, then praying God’s Word. “Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 If I keep on exercising my faith in this matter, God is faithful to answer my request.
I want to lay down a good foundation first before I give you the evidence on how to release your faith Turn with me to the New Testament and Luke 6:43-45. Jesus is telling us that we are like a “fruit tree” during our lives; or a “word” tree (Proverbs 13:2). He then in verse 45 talks about the “mouth, heart connection.”
Verse 45, “The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Verse 45 also contains, “The Law of Receiving”. We should know that the Bible has incorruptible seed” and in the next blog, I will look closer at “The Law of Receiving”. I will begin to develop a better understanding of “A “Right Now” kind of Faith”.