Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
The first foundational principle we examined was, “Have faith in God.” This is a direct command from the lips of Messiah Himself. The second foundational principle is “say,” or “speak.” Look closely at our Text for Today. The intended point of these words from Messiah was to lay out a basic outline for the operation of faith. Have faith, speak whatever you desire to be done, hold fast to your profession of faith, do not doubt in your heart, but rather believe in your heart, and you shall have what you say, that is the words of faith you have spoken. Notice the second principle is that you speak whatever you desire to happen. That principle of operation for faith is seen from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures.
While some folks might think the next principle a bit strange to be placed here, it really isn’t. Consider the first three words of the Hebrews 11:1 definition of faith. They are, “Now faith is…” Stop for a moment and think deeply about that. We have a time frame for the operation of faith, the noun “faith,” and a verb designating its tense of existence, NOW. This teaching is deeply established in the Word. When Father created the world, as soon as He was ready for that to happen, He spoke; He said something. He spoke what He desired into existence.
By now we can see clearly why speaking whatever you desire to be done is the second principle. If you really have faith to do the work, you will speak. It is the Word of God that builds faith into you for whatever it is you desire. If you can’t find it in the Word of God, then you can’t have faith to receive it. If you don’t have faith to receive it, your words will only be empty. But if you have built your faith on the Word of God, then you have faith to receive what you say. When that happens, what you speak will have the power to bring it forth. God’s Word is God’s power. No Word from God is void of the power required to bring it to pass. God’s Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what He pleases. Apply all these passages to Principle 2, and your words spoken in true faith will produce the results you desire.
Manna for Today – Mark ll:12-26; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 15:6; Hebrews 12:2; Mark 7:13; Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:6; Romans 12:3; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 55:11