Faith – Foundational Principles – 10

Believing WHEN you say it is as important as believing WHAT you say.

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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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Take a moment and read our Text for Today once more.  Every word recorded in this passage is important.  Have faith in God.  Speak to the obstacle in your way.  Don’t doubt in your heart.  You may have issues with your head, but never doubt in your heart.  Don’t stop speaking what you believe.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing will work to keep your faith strong.  You will believe your own voice more than anyone else’s.  “What things soever” (whatsoever things) means exactly what it says.  All you need is faith.  But without the Word, you can’t have faith.  So, before you speak it, go to the Word of God and find in the Scriptures where what you are saying is promised or given.  When you’ve found it, believe it, act on it, and speak it.  Believe WHAT you say. 

We’ve seen all that so far.  But now we come to a concluding point.  You not only have to believe WHAT you say, you have to believe it WHEN you say it.  Notice closely in our Text for Today, we are not told to believe that we have it when we see it, but when we pray.  There are many things for which I have prayed that I did not see the answer immediately.  I can likewise tell you that there are some things I have asked of the Lord that I have yet to see.  But I can truthfully tell you that anything I have asked of the Lord, I believed I received them WHEN I prayed.  My physical senses have nothing to do with faith. 

Take a moment and read the Bible’s Own definition of faith.  Do NOT rely on the world’s definition, of a religious definition of faith.  Rely on the Scriptures Own definition.  It is found in Hebrews 11:1.  Look at it closely.  It is quite clear and leaves no misunderstanding.  Yes, it rises far above man’s way of thinking, and it does the same in relation to religion.  This is the highest level of thinking to which on can attain, and that only by the grace of the Lord as you believe.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Note closely, faith is NOW.  That’s when you must believe. NOW!  Though unseen, it is NOW.

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