Today we continue to teach on our overall theme for the year: “GREAT FREEDOM.” We have been looking at 2 Corinthians 4:13 for days. Let’s go back to it today.
(2 Corinthians 4:13 NKJV)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things.
1. Faith begins where the will of God is known.
a) Faith is not about God granting you your selfish desires. Faith is about you aligning with God’s desires for your life.
b) Faith is not about you trying to get God to put a “YES” on your plans. Faith is about God trying to get you to put a “YES” on His plans.
c) Faith is not what happens when you convince God to give you what you came up with. Faith is what happens when God convinces you… when you are so convinced of what God planned that you are willing to believe it, ANNOUNCE IT, and perform corresponding actions to receive it, even when everything you see in this world is showing you evidence against it!
d) Faith is about God’s will. Faith begins when you know what God said, either in His written Word or to you directly. Faith is based on what God revealed to you. Revelation is actually the authorization fo your faith. If you don’t know what the will of God is in any given situation, you can’t exercise faith. You can hope, wish and pray. But it is not faith until you can stand on a Word from God.
2. Faith believes what God has revealed and/or spoken, no matter how impossible it seems.
a) Faith believes the IMPOSSIBLE. If God said it, and you know what He said is clearly impossible, then guess what? The impossible just became possible for you! Because no Word from God ever comes without the power to perform it!
b) Faith puts the emphasis on God’s power and not your lack of it. Faith says, “If God said it, then I can do it. Not by my power, but by His!” This is the mindset required to walk and live by faith.
c) The fact that God said it, is His invitation for you to experience it. This is how Jesus lived. Jesus only said what He heard the Father say and He only did what He saw the Father do. Hearing and seeing in the Spirit is critical to living by faith. When Jesus said that He only did what He “saw” the Father do, He was saying, “The Father shows me things. He shows me what He is doing in the earth. And this revelation becomes my invitation for participation. I am not walking around the earth, asking the Father to get involved in what I am doing. The Father is inviting me to get involved in what He is doing.” This mindset keeps the emphasis on God, and not us. And this is the life of faith!
d) Your ability to receive Word (from God), and then BELIEVE it, is critical to your ability to live supernaturally. If you don’t know what God said, then you don’t know what you can or cannot do. If you want to see the supernatural manifest in your marriage, relationships, health, career, finances, and etc., then you must seek God concerning these things. Find out what He said in His written Word about it. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you concerning it. And when God speaks, you must believe what He revealed, no matter how impossible it seems. If you can believe it, God can do it in your life! You are only limited by your capacity to believe what God speaks to you!
3. Faith is about having so much confidence in God that you will SAY what you SAW (what He revealed).
a) Faith has to audacity to SAY what God has SAID, no matter how impossible or crazy it seems.
b) The power of life and death are in your tongue (Prov 18:21). Whichever you speak is what you will experience.
c) Good or bad, you are going to have what you SAY!
d) If you have the faith to SAY what God said, from a believing heart, it is only a matter of time before you SEE what God said in this world!
That’s enough for today.
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I live by every Word You speak to me. You have given me Your written Word. I live by that. You have also given me Your Spirit. Your Spirit reveals TO ME, the plans You established FOR ME before the world began. I live by those words as well. I believe everything You reveal to me, no matter how impossible it seems, and I have the audacity to SAY IT, OUT LOUD! You reveal things to me and I SAY what I SAW until I SEE what I SAW in this world. This is faith and this is how I live! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!