Faith – Foundational Principles – 5

There’s more to being Biblical than quoting Scripture.

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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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Quoting Scripture does not make one Biblical in position, stance, conviction, or authority.  Even Satan can quote Scripture, and in fact, he did when tempting Jesus.  We’re talking about faith, and in particular, speaking in faith.  Yes, if you’re speaking in faith, the foundation for all you say MUST be the Word of God.  Boldness in speaking faith is important, for in true boldness is a powerful indication of true confidence in what one is speaking.  But remember here, boldness does not have to be shouted or screamed.  In fact, it can be spoken in a still, small voice.  But another element of our speaking is critical if we are truly speaking in faith.  Since faith works by love, when we speak, our motive MUST be righteous.

God is love.  Therefore, everything God does flows from His being, and that is love.  We all certainly remember John 3:16 … “For God so loved the world…”  When we speak, when we pray, when we petition our Father, our motivation for that petition, intercession, thanks, praise, worship, or agreement MUST be thoroughly rooted in love.  If we have sin in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us.  If we ask with the wrong motive, that we might use an answer to prayer to further our own lusts, the Lord will not hear us.  All of this is a vital part of praying and speaking in faith in an absolutely Biblical manner.

As we prepare to move on through our series on Faith – Foundational Principles, let’s collect our thoughts once again relating to speaking in faith.  First, speaking is absolutely necessary, for you will have what you say.  Speaking releases faith.  Second, speak accurately.  Make sure the words you say are in full agreement with what God’s Word says about any situation you face.  Remember, faith is always built upon the Word of God.  Third, speak boldly.  Boldness arises out of true conviction.  It’s not about loudness, brashness, or boasting.  It’s about the certainty of knowing the truth.  And fourth, speak Biblically.  Be sure the words of your mouth arise from a pure heart and with right motive that is pleasing to Father.  Oh, and always remember, faith speaking is never selfish.  Do you remember the first two words of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples?  “Our Father…”  It’s not just about you.

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; Romans 10:6-17; Ephesians 4:15;                  1 John 5:14-15