October 9 —Faith For What? — Part 9
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
The Faith Talk
The Faith Talk
Speaking of walking the walk and talking the talk, faith does talk. Faith has a language and that language is the Word of God. We have the choice of whose words we will speak in the face of any and every circumstance. In fact life and death are in the power of the tongue.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. Proverbs 18:21
Faith talk brings and supports life. Fear talk brings and supports death. The choice is ours, which we will speak.
But what is faith talk and how do we speak it?
For many years faith talk (both real and false) was mocked and ridiculed as “name it and claim it” or “blab it and grab it” as being merely manipulative speech encouraged by shyster preachers for financial gain, all the while missing and distorting the truth of God’s Word that what we say does, in significant ways, determine the course and consequences of our lives.
“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.” Mark 11:22-23
“…or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:7-10
Now the manner in which we all came to salvation was by faith— faith in Jesus Christ and our confession, with our own mouths, that He is Lord. What we said and believed brought us salvation. In the same way our lives of faith are to be sustained by what we say. This is why the Word says,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
Renewing the mind includes and is primarily directed toward renewing our words, because the words we speak will have consequences, positively or negatively. When we speak God’s Words, when we confess His promises and His blessings over our lives and the lives of those we love, they have a life giving effect
We have a powerful resource available to us that is greater than any power in the world. We have the Holy Spirit in us, teaching us, guiding us, prompting us to righteous living and revealing all truth to us.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
The Word is in our mouth only to the degree it is in our hearts and it’s in our hearts only to the degree that we have put it there by letting it dwell in us through reading, listening to it, speaking it over and over, practicing it, studying it, meditating on it and being taught —the Word of God. The Bible is our new language study book.
If you’ve ever studied a foreign language you know that it takes repetition of speaking and hearing that language spoken frequently, that eventually results in you being able to easily communicate in it. It doesn’t happen with an occasional moment or two here and there reading a sentence or two. It’s the deliberate daily study and application of the rudimentary principles and phrases that over time leads to more advanced familiarity which eventually becomes fluency with the language.
It is the same with the language of faith. The more familiar with it we become, the more fluent we become in using it.
Yes. The Word is alive and is intended to be used, to be spoken as an instrument of worship, a tool of creation and craftsmanship in our gifts and talents, a weapon of warfare, a source of comfort and encouragement, a measure of maturity and growth, as a guide toward wisdom and understanding, as our source for sustaining life, as the pattern for expressing the love of God to the world, as the food that our reborn spirit feeds on to gain strength to have ascendancy over our flesh and bring it under submission to the will and commandments of God. This is the talk of faith.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
The Words of Jesus are sprit and life, so when faced with a situation or circumstance that runs counter to the will and promises of God for us, we choose God’s Words over the rehearsing of the undesired circumstance, and we speak those Words and hold fast to those Words until we see the will of God manifested in it. His Words are powerful to bring change.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The faith talk is all that we express of God’s Word in, to and through our hearts by our mouths, (what we speak regularly) to ourselves, to the spirit realm and to the world.
When we’re walking what we’re talking and talking what we’re walking and our talking and walking are the Word of God, that is living by faith indeed.