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.
Faith, foolishness, presumption, mental assent; they all represent some level of believing. FAITH is built solely from the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. FOOLISHNESS is belief built upon the erroneous thinking that one does not need to obey the Scriptures. The fool hears the Word of God, knows it is truth, but responds to the Lord’s Word by saying, “No.” PRESUMPTION is a belief that arises before any knowledge or true thought and is without any true proof of ability to succeed.
MENTAL ASSENT is the most deceptive of the belief mechanisms that mimic faith in some way. God tells us, “Come, let us reason together.” God tells us, “Let this mind be in you,” and “think on these things.” From these commands, we can see clearly that the soul (mind, will, intellect, & emotions) do indeed play a role in our walk with Jesus. He does not want us behaving like mindless robots, but as intelligent, reasoning human beings our of our own will to love and serve Him. Of course, the most obvious difference between faith and mental assent is that faith arises from the heart (the human spirit), while mental assent exists solely in one’s mind (the soul).
Learn to recognize, not only the voice of Holy Ghost, but also the voice of your own spirit. Realize that God does not want you to be deceived. He will teach you to accurately recognize the different voices that come to our lives. No, I’m not talking about a mental illness where one hears voices. I am speaking about the truth that God has a voice, and He uses it to speak to His people. Your spirit-man has a voice by which it speaks to your soul. Your soul has a voice by which it speaks to your spirit-man. And sadly, Satan has a voice by which he attempts to deceive and ultimately destroy God’s people. By learning to recognize these voices, especially the voice of God and the voice of your own spirit, you can learn to walk in a full assurance of faith that what you are hearing is that which comes from the Lord and is pleasing to Him. It is THAT VOICE to which you should lend yourself in obedience, feeding your faith, living by faith, and pleasing Father.
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; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 25:1-13