Faith – Foundational Principles – 9

You will believe what you repeatedly say to yourself more than what anyone else says.

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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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There is something about the sound of your own voice that offers you a certain level of comfort, and an extreme level of believability.  The Scriptures make many references to the power and effectiveness of speaking to yourself.  We are to be filled with the Spirit as we speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  In Joshua we read that the Word of God shall not depart from our mouths, but that we are to meditate (mutter it to ourselves) day and night so we may observe to do what is written.  We also read of King David who would speak to himself to encourage himself in difficult times.  He would often ask himself, “Why are you cast down, o my soul?”  Then that question would be followed by words of encouragement to focus on the Lord Who was his source of all things needful.  In each of these instances, the power of WHAT one was speaking was recognized. 

Now let us consider our Text for Today.  Again, as so often in Scripture, we see the importance of the words we speak.  We have already examined the matter of believing, but our investigation today should offer great insights into the connection between believing and speaking.  Look closely at our Text for Today.  How many times is the word “believe” used?  Look closely.  It is used ONE time.  Now look again.  How many times is the word (or a form of it) “say” used?  Once again, look closely.  It is used THREE times.  I am not attempting to establish a formula for the operation of faith.  What I am attempting to do is to stress the importance of WHAT we say regarding the operation of faith. 

How does faith come?  Aside from the measure we are given by the Lord upon our being born again, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  In that Romans 10:17 reference, the word “hearing” is a gerund.  That means hearing again and again, NOT having heard.  If you will keep your faith fed and strong, you need to feed it continually.  That means you must put yourself in the position of hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God.  What you speak in faith must be completely supported by the Word to keep your faith fed.  When you do that, you will be able to hold steadfastly in faith to WHAT you say.

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; Romans 10:6-17