2 Corinthians 4:13 – “We have the same spirit of faith as he (the psalmist) who wrote, I have believed and therefore have spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak.”
TO SPEAK BY FAITH IS SIMPLY TO SPEAK WORDS THAT AGREE WITH THE WORD OF GOD INSTEAD OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND YOU. IT’S SPEAKING FROM YOUR SPIRIT INSTEAD OF FROM YOUR MIND.
THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT GOD USES WORDS TO “CALL THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE” (ROMANS 4:17).
I SPEAK THE END RESULT OF WHAT GOD’S WORD TELLS ME ABOUT MY SITUATION AS OPPOSED TO THE WAY IT APPEARS TO THE SENSES.
I STOP “TELLING IT LIKE IT IS” AND START SPEAKING AND BELIEVING THE PROMISES OF GOD.
I PUT THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD TO WORK FOR ME.
Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Ephesians 4:17-19 – “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness.”
THERE’S A SUBTLE STRATEGY SATAN USES TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES. THE BIBLE CALLS IT LASCIVIOUSNESS AND IT MEANS “TO HAVE NO RESTRAINT” AND HAS BEEN PREACHED AS BEING EXTREME IMMORALITY, BUT IT DOESN’T START OUT THAT WAY. IT BEGINS WITH JUST A FEW SEEMINGLY INNOCENT THOUGHTS. THEN THOSE THOUGHTS GROW AND GROW UNTIL THEY BEGIN TO PRODUCE SERIOUS SIN.
I DON’T LET SATAN USE THE STRATEGY OF LASCIVIOUSNESS ON ME.
I MAKE MY MIND AND HEART TODAY TO OBEY GOD EVEN IN THE LITTLE THINGS.
I AVOID BIG FAILURES BY WALKING IN HIS SPIRIT ONE SMALL STEP AT A TIME.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:5,6
When Jesus spoke out across the waters (John 21) and instructed the disciples to cast their nets on the other side of the boat in order to usher in a catch of fish, first John and then Peter recognized that it was the Lord. As soon as Peter knew that Jesus was standing there waiting, he waited no longer; he dove into the water (leaving the boat behind), and raced back to shore on his own to meet his beloved Lord.
It’s time for us to become like Peter in this passage, and stop waiting for Jesus to come out to us, but rather that we need to rush to be near Him! As soon as Peter was back on the shore, a feast was there waiting that had been prepared for him by Jesus Himself. It was also at this point when Peter had the deepest conversation he’d ever had with Jesus, which regarded love and his relationship with God, as well as his CALLING. (to feed the “sheep”).
As you run to Jesus, and dive into your pursuit after Him, He will most definitely pour out His Spirit and presence on you like never before. He has a banquet feast waiting for you, which includes the new wine and manna of Heaven (also known as His joy, His PRESENCE, and His revelation).
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY