Faith – Foundational Principles – 3

All things being equal, anyone can speak.  But there’s more to it.

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.

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The Scriptures declare that “the righteousness which is of faith speaks” in a certain way.  That same passage in Romans further indicates that it speaks what God’s Word says.  So, when we examine this matter of speaking, it’s not just about saying words.  It is also about the matter of speaking accurately.  God is a God of faith.  Without it, you cannot please Him.  Faith is based on God’s Word, living in one’s heart, and accurately spoken.  “Sloppy” does not work with God.  Yet, the church today is extremely loose, or sloppy, in the way it handles God’s Word.  If one were to be testifying in a court of law, the words of his mouth must be extremely accurate.  To speak less than absolute truth in one’s testimony could produce catastrophic results.  Innocent people could be imprisoned, or someone guilty of a heinous crime could go free.  To speak loosely in a court of law could bring about lawsuits that would bankrupt major businesses.  There, truth is demanded.

And yet there are ministers who stand in pulpits around the world who flippantly toss words about, even misquoting Scriptures in a way that could cause people to spend eternity in the lake of fire.  My friend, this ought not be so.  None of us is perfect in our own rights; in our flesh, we are flawed and can make wrong decisions and choices.  But to flippantly toss God’s Word about is a dangerous thing.  Jesus has warned us that WE WILL give and account for every idle, non-productive word that comes out of our mouths.  Take heed, my friend, that the words that come from your mouth are accurate, truthful, life-giving words, and not words of destruction, devastation, distraction, or distortion.

If we will be the people of faith the Lord desires us to be, if we will be the people of the end times, if we will be the people God has established in the earth to close out this age, we must be people of extreme accuracy with our words.  Our speech must be salted with the Word of God every time we open our mouths.  Our preaching, teaching, and prophesying must be accurate and in alignment with the will of Father if we expect Him to confirm our words with signs following.  So, speak, faith person, but speak accurately. 

Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; 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; James 5:16; Romans 10:6-17