I. INTRODUCTION: You can make your words work for you. You can cause the things in God's Word to come to pass in your life. Whatever you believe in your heart and say with your mouth, you will have.
II. THE BASIC PRINCIPLE - MARK 11:22-24.
A. Jesus, Almighty God come in the flesh, the Creator of the universe, was speaking in Mark 11:2224. God cannot lie; therefore, these words are true and they apply to you.
B. Jesus said, “TRULY I say to you ...” - verse 23 NASB. Jesus was saying, “I am telling you the truth, this is a trustworthy saying.” Jesus' statements are absolute fact.
C. The words “have faith in God” (verse 22) can be better translated from the Greek language as “have the faith of God.” In other words, have the God-kind of faith, the faith that God has, a supernatural faith.
D. Jesus said, “Whoever says” - verse 23. This principle will work for anyone who puts it into practice, including you.
E. The last part of verse 23 says, “... he shall have whatsoever he saith.” You can have what you say.
F. There are two important steps that you must take before you can have what you say. You must do both of those steps. God's faith operates in the same way.
1. You must speak what you want. Verse 23 states, "whosoever shall say.” Your choice of words is important.
2. You must believe in your heart (your spirit), not just in your mind. Faith comes from your heart. Verse 23 says, "And shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe." What are you to believe?
a. Believe in your words.
b. Believe that what you say will come to pass - verse 23.
G. If you really believe something in your heart and say it with your mouth, you will have what you say; your words will come to pass.
H. Either the belief or faith in your heart and release of that faith through your spoken words must occur.
1. The blessings of God, answers to prayer, and even salvation do not come simply because you have faith in your heart.
a. Both belief and confession are necessary for salvation - Romans 10:8-10.
b. Your faith must be released and put into action with your words - II Corinthians 4: 13.
2. Everything that you receive from God comes in this way (salvation, healing, being filled with the Holy Spirit, having your needs abundantly supplied).
I. In order to believe or have faith for something, you must know that the scriptures say that it belongs to you through Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing God's Word - Romans 10: 17.
1. Your choice of words will be a result of what you believe.
2. Your words that are full of faith, based on God's Word, will create the reality of what you want in your life.
III. Biblical Examples.
A. Jesus followed the principle of believing and speaking - Mark 11: 12-14, 19-23.
1. Jesus spoke to the tree - verse 14.
2. Jesus believed in His heart that what He said would come to pass.
3. Jesus' words came to pass - verses 20 and 21.
4. Through this action, Jesus showed the disciples the truth stated in verse 23.
5. Jesus spoke directly to the tree. He also said in verse 23, "whosoever shall say unto this mountain”
a. You can speak to Satan and command him to leave.
b. You can speak to disease and command it to leave.
c. You can speak to your body and command it to come in line with the Word and be healed.
d. You can speak to the problems that you face in your life.
e. If you will believe in your heart that the words you speak will come to pass, you will have what you say.
B. A woman with an internal hemorrhage followed the principle of believing and speaking Mark 5:21, 25-34.
1. The woman's condition is seen in verses 25 and 26.
2. The woman had heard reports about Jesus. Someone had told her about Jesus and how He was healing people - verse 27. She received faith from what she heard about Jesus (Romans 10: 17).
3. The scripture says that she said something - verse 28.
a. She said, “If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole.”
b. The Amplified Bible says, “For she kept saying …”
c. In the account recorded in Matthew 9:20-22, verse 21 says, “For she said within herself....”
(1) The Amplified Bible reads, "For she kept saying to herself. ...”
d. She said it aloud and repeated it to herself.
e. As she kept saying to herself, "If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole,” her faith became stronger.
(1) She was meditating on what she had heard about Jesus.
(2) The word “meditate” means: to murmur; to mutter; to ponder.
(3) Meditation on the Word of God will help build your faith.
f. The sick woman said what she believed (her faith).
g. What she said was an expression of her faith; it was her faith speaking.
4. The woman applied action to her words.
a. If she had not done what she said she would do (touched His clothes), her words would have had no effect.
b. Her actions showed and also released her faith.
c. When she touched Jesus, her faith and the words she spoke caused the power in Jesus to enter her body and bring to pass what she had said (verse 30).
5. She was made whole. She received exactly what she had confessed - verse 29.
6. Jesus said that her faith had made her whole - verse 34.
7. You will receive the results of your words if you believe them in your heart. If you speak positive words, you will reap positive results. If you speak negative words, you will receive negative results.
C. When David defeated Goliath he followed the principle of believing and speaking - I Samuel 17.
1. Notice what David said before he went out to meet Goliath - verses 36 and 37.
a. David was speaking his confidence and faith that God would deliver him.
b. David knew the power of God. He said what he knew and believed it in his heart.
2. Notice what David said in the face of Goliath and what Goliath had said - verses 44-47.
a. David was looking at what God could do, not at the giant's size.
b. You can do the same thing in the face of any giants in your life (sickness, poverty, the devil).
3. David ran toward Goliath and the Philistine army - verse 48.
a. David acted on what he had said.
b. If David had turned and run away, his words would have had no effect.
4. David received exactly what he had said; his words came to pass - verses 49-51.
a. God will bring to pass what you believe in your heart and say with your mouth.
b. What you have believed in your heart and said with your mouth in the past has determined what you are and what you have now.
D. The Israelites followed the principle of believing and speaking - Numbers Chapter 13 &14.
1. When the Israelites reached the edge of the Promised Land, they sent twelve men to spy out the land.
a. After searching the land, ten men brought back an evil report of doubt.
b. Two men brought back a good report of faith.
2. Notice what the ten men said - Numbers 13:27-29,31-33.
3. Notice what all of Israel said - Numbers 14:2. They accepted the ten spies' report.
4. The ten spies and the other Israelites received exactly what they said!
a. They believed and said that they were not able to take the land, so they could not take it.
b. They said, “if only we had died in this wilderness!” and that is exactly what happened to them - Numbers 14:28, 29.
5. Notice what the other two spies (Caleb and Joshua) said.
a. What Caleb said - Numbers 13:30.
b. What Joshua and Caleb said together - Numbers 14:6-9.
6. Joshua and Caleb received what they said. They were the only two of those people over twenty years of age who entered the land of Canaan after forty years in the wilderness (Numbers 14:30).
7. The giants of the land did not defeat the Israelites.
a. If it had been the giants who brought about Israel's defeat, Joshua and Caleb would not have entered the Promised Land forty years later.
b. Israel's words and belief in those words brought about defeat.
c. If you are defeated, that defeat is the result of your words.
8. What you believe and say, whether positive or negative, will determine what you have in your life.
IV. The Importance of Words.
A. Jesus placed a tremendous amount of importance on words - Matthew 12:36, 37.
1. Your words are more important than you may think.
2. Idle words are inactive, unfruitful, barren, ineffective, and worthless.
3. Your words can work for or against you. They can bring life or death. They can be a blessing or a curse to you. They can build up or tear down.
4. Your words will cause you to be either a success or a failure.
5. Your words can cause you to be either healthy or sick.
6. The words that you have spoken in the past have affected the way your life is now.
B. The book of Proverbs provides instruction about the importance of your words.
1. Death and life are in the power of the tongue - Proverbs 18:21.
a. You choose either life or death by the words that you speak.
b. You can speak death to yourself and those around, you, or you can speak life.
c. God's Words are words of life (John 6:63).
d. Words full of love and faith are words of life.
e. Words full of hate, strife, unbelief, and worry are words of death.
2. A wholesome (soothing, gentle, healing) tongue is a tree of life - Proverbs 15:4. God's words are wholesome words.
3. The mouth of a righteous man is a well (a fountain) of life - Proverbs 10: 11. You can speak words of life and bring blessing.
4. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (or body) Proverbs 16:24.
a. Your words can bring health or sickness to your body.
b. You can produce a pleasant atmosphere around you and in your home by speaking pleasant words.
(1) Your children are affected by the words that you speak at home.
c. You can make your words pleasant words by filling them with love and faith.
5. You are snared and taken (or caught) with the words of your mouth - Proverbs 6:2.
a. Verse 2 applies directly to verse 1, but it is also a basic principle of God's Word.
b. If you say you cannot do it, you have defeated yourself (like Israel in Numbers 13, 14).
c. If you say that you do not have faith, you will have doubt.
d. If you speak words of failure, your words will take you captive and hold you in failure.
e. If you speak about the Word of God, what God can do, and what you can do through Him, your faith will grow.
6. Whoever keeps (or guards) his mouth and his tongue guards his soul from troubles Proverbs 21:23.
a. Many times, you cause your troubles with your own tongue by speaking words of defeat and failure.
b. Talking about what the devil is doing to hinder you and keep you from succeeding allows Satan to dominate you and creates troubles in your life.
7. The tongue of the wise, is health (or brings healing) - Proverbs 12: 18.
a. There is health and healing in your tongue.
b. To have health, you must speak words of health. Speak what God's Word says about you.
8. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth (or his words) - Proverbs 12: 14.
a. If you want to be satisfied with good, speak words that are good.
b. The words that you speak will determine what you have in your life.
C. The words you speak in your everyday life will do the following things:
1. Show your spiritual condition.
a. What is in your heart in abundance will come out of your mouth - Matthew 12:34.
b. To determine your levels of spiritual growth and faith, listen to your words.
2. Limit you by setting the boundaries of your life. You will never have more than what you say.
3. Affect your spirit - Proverbs 18:20.
a. Your innermost being or spirit is satisfied (or filled) with the fruit of your mouth (your words).
b. If you say something for a long enough period of time, whether it is truth or a lie, it will eventually enter your spirit and you will believe. Then, that is what will control your life. You will have what you say.
V. The Creative Power of God's Words.
A. The Word of God contains power - Hebrews 1:3.
1. Notice the phrase, the word of his power
2. Everything in this physical universe is being upheld (maintained, guided, and propelled) by the word of God's power.
B. The worlds were framed by the Word of God - Hebrews 11:3.
1. God created and formed everything we see with His words.
2. God called all matter into existence and formed the universe.
C. The heavens were made by His Word - Psalm 33:6. With His words, God released the power to create the universe.
D. In the account of the creation in Genesis you see that God formed the world and called things into existence with His words - Genesis 1:1-3, 6-7, 9, 11, 14-15, 20, 24.
1. In Genesis chapter one, the words, “and God said... and it was so,” are used repeatedly.
2. God is a God of faith and He operates by faith. God released His faith and His power with His words.
E. You were created in God's image and likeness - Genesis 1:26, 27.
1. You have the ability to speak words and cause things to come to pass in your life.
2. God has said, “I create the fruit of the lips ...” Isaiah 57:19. (don’t turn to)
3. God's Word on your lips, spoken from a heart of faith, will cause the things in His Word to come to pass and be a reality in your life.
a. His Word is powerful.
b. You release your faith with your words.
c. You release God's power to work in your life with words of faith.
4. God has said, “I will hasten my word to perform it" - Jeremiah 1:12. God will watch over His word to perform it.
F. You need to speak God's Word.
1. If you want to have the things that God has promised, you must speak in line with His Word.
2. People in the world around you think and speak negatively.
a. They speak words of death, fear, worry, doubt, failure, and sickness.
b. They may have tried to or succeeded in training you to speak the same way.
3. Your speech needs to be transformed or changed. How do you transform or change your speech?
a. Transformation comes by renewing your mind - Romans 12:2.
b. Notice that the phrase, “not being conformed to this world,” is related to the mind.
c. In order to believe and speak according to God's Word, your mind must be renewed with God's Word. This renewal comes as you meditate on the Word and put it into practice Joshua 1:8.
(1) Read or speak God's Word over and over to yourself aloud, pondering it, applying it to yourself, and thinking about how it affects you.
(2) Approach the Word reverently and prayerfully and allow the Holy Spirit, who is your teacher, to reveal it to you.
d. If you do not renew your mind, you will think like the world thinks and you will speak like the world speaks.
4. You need to fill your heart and mind with God's Word so that it resides in you in abundance. Then, what comes out of your mouth will be in line with His Word (Matthew 12:34).
5. You cannot control your tongue with your natural ability; you can only control your tongue with God's Word and His Spirit - James 3:8.
VI. Begin To Speak What God's Word Says About You.
A. The words you speak, your confession, will control your life. This is a spiritual law. You will have whatever you believe in your heart and say with your mouth (whether positive or negative) – (Mark 11:23).
B. The Bible says that you are to hold fast to your confession - Hebrews 4:14. The Strong’s says, “whom we profess to be ours.” What confession?
1. Hold fast to the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus, in your heavenly Father, in the Holy Spirit in you, and in the Word of God.
2. Hold fast to the confession of what God's Word says about you in Christ.
a. Speak what the Bible says you have in Christ.
b. Speak what the Bible says you are in Christ.
c. Speak what the Bible says you can do through Christ.
d. This confession glorifies God.
e. As you consistently speak about something, it becomes a reality to you.
C. Search the New Testament for words such as: in Christ, in Him, through Christ, and by Him.
1. Most of the verses that contain these words tell you what you have, who you are, or what you can do because you are in Christ.
2. There also are other scriptures that tell you those truths, but the verses do not contain those particular words.
3. When you find scriptures in your Bible that show who you are in Christ and what you have or can do because you are in Christ:
a. Mark those scriptures in your Bible and write them in a notebook. This will help you to remember the scriptures and keep their references together.
b. Begin to meditate on those scriptures, think about them, read them aloud repeatedly, and think about how they affect you.
c. Personalize them and make them into a confession that you can say about yourself
d. Begin to consistently speak them aloud.
D. Believing the truths that God's Word says about you and confessing those truths with your mouth will make them a reality to you.
1. At first, those truths may not seem to be real to you. As you speak the truths, they will eventually enter your spirit and you will believe them.
2. Those truths are real in the spiritual world. God looks at you in the way that the scriptures describe you. When you begin to believe and speak the truths found in scripture, those truths will become real to you in this physical world and affect your life.
E. Below are some examples of scriptures and biblical principles which you can and should believe and confess aloud.
1. In Christ, you are a new creation - II Corinthians 5: 17.
a. You have not been remodeled. You are a brand new creation which never before existed.
b. Your spirit, the real you inside, is a new man. The old man who used to be there is gone.
c. Your body is NOT yet new.
d. As you hold fast to this confession, the nature of the new man inside will shine through in your character. You will begin to look like the new man which is inside.
e. Make a confession out of this scripture and begin to say it regularly. (Do the same with the other verses.)
2. Because you are in Christ, you have been made the righteousness of God - II Corinthians 5:21.
3. Jesus is your wisdom, your righteousness, your sanctification, and your redemption I Corinthians 1:30.
a. The wisdom mentioned in I Corinthians 1:30 is the wisdom of God, divine wisdom. It is insight into and the ability to use the knowledge of God.
b. Righteousness is right-standing with God; the ability to stand in the presence of the Father without feeling guilty or inferior, as though sin never existed.
c. Sanctification is being set apart or separated unto God.
d. Redemption is a releasing or setting free on payment of a ransom; deliverance.
4. You are no longer under Satan's authority - Colossians 1:13, 14.
a. Jesus is your Lord, not Satan. You are now in Jesus' kingdom.
b. You have redemption in Jesus. You have been redeemed!
5. The One who is inside you is greater than anything that you may face - I John 4:4.
6. Through Jesus, you can do all things - Philippians 4:13.
7. All of your needs are supplied according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus - Philippians 4: 19.
F. As you believe those truths in your heart and say them with your mouth, your words produce the reality of those truths in your life.
WOLCC Thursday January, February, & some of March 2007
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