The Word Spoken And Believed Moves Mountains
I want to share something with you today that the Lord has placed on my heart that I believe will be a blessing to you. We all need to hear this, really hear it in our hearts. We’ll continue with our study in Proverbs tomorrow.
I know much has been said over the years about the words we say and their affect on our lives and the lives of others. But I was struck with a revelation tonight in a way that I had not considered it before.
Romans 10:8-10 says,
“… “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. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:8-11
First, let’s agree together that God wants to bless us, and to give us life and that more abundantly. Jesus came for this expressed purpose. [John 10:10] And with Him God will and does freely give us all things.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Now when some people hear that God wants us to be blessed they will immediately think, “God wants us to have a lot of stuff. That’s what blessing is isn’t it? Having a lot of stuff is being blessed. Right?” Others will think God wants us to be spiritually blessed on the inside not with material things, as though by virtue of lofty thoughts alone we will appear to others as if we are wrapped in a haze of ethereal light. Still others may cynically think, “Hold on to your wallets boys the preacher is about to take an offering.”
None of these is true nor is this about some clichéd resurrection of “name it and claim it,” or “blab it and grab it.” NO!
This is about a fundamental truth of the Word of God that is applicable to every circumstance of our lives. None of us was saved by our good deeds, or our good looks, or our good standing and virtuous living in the eyes of men. We were all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. But, how did that salvation come to us? We confessed with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believed in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead. Then we were saved. [Romans 10:9-10]
What I want you to see here is this. There is a deliberate and intentional order to the process by which our salvation came to us.
Hear the Word again. 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. The key to salvation is first confession, then believing. We say first what we want to believe later, then, by hearing what we say (continually) we believe it, so that when we say it believing we will have it, then we have it. The saying is fundamental to the believing.
Let me say it another way from the Word.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
To believe we have to be willing to say and hear it first, then when we truly hear it then we will believe it and when believing comes it adds the force of faith to our words so then we can have whatsoever we say.
We have salvation because we confessed it with our mouths, not somebody else confessing for us. No. We say with our own mouths what we want to believe and then we will believe it because we say it. And what do we confess in order to be saved? The Lord Jesus. We confess the Lord Jesus. Who is the Lord Jesus? The Lord Jesus is the Word of God. [John 1:1, 14]
When we confess the Word of God we are confessing the Lord Jesus. We are confession the Lordship of Jesus, the authority and rulership of Jesus, the transforming, all consuming, power and majesty of Jesus. That is what is near us even in our hearts and in our mouths, The Word of God.
That Word will save us in every situation, not just the ultimate salvation unto eternal life, but the temporal, everyday salvation, provision, healing, deliverance and blessing unto life and that more abundantly now, here on earth, as children of the Most High God. The Word of God is our life force that sustains us.
Remember what Jesus said and did to a fig tree.
“Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” 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. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:18-22
At first glance it may seem strange that Jesus would curse a fig tree. But He did nothing merely for show or without an expressed purpose of spiritual significance and practical intent. God was Jesus’ provider and He wanted the disciples to know Him as their source as well, so, it would not be uncommon for God, Who brought water from a rock in the wilderness and made rivers to flow in the desert for Israel, to also provide fruit on a fig tree out of season for Jesus and the disciples. But this fig tree was not only out of season it was devoid of fruit, even though its leaves should have meant it also had fruit. No. This fig tree was not a supernatural provision from God, it was and empty counterfeit representation of God’s provision which promised fruitfulness, but could not deliver, much like the Law of Moses was only a type and shadow of things in Heaven, but it could not save those who were subject to it, and it could not bring them life. Moreover, the devil will present himself and his ways as life fulfilling for those who seek to have this world’s riches, but the end of their pursuit is death, not the life the devil promised. His tree is full of leaves but bears no fruit.
The tree that Jesus cursed was a representation of the Law of sin and death having a form of religion but no power to save those that came to it for salvation.
So that no one else would be drawn away from the pathway to salvation to seek fruit on this fig tree that could bear none, Jesus cursed it and immediately it withered away. When the disciples saw it they marveled that it withered away so soon.
But Jesus answered them and said,
“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.”
If you have faith to believe it the mountain will obey your words. But it will do nothing if you say nothing to it. If you say to it “Be removed!” It will obey you, if you believe it. If you hear it in your heart you will believe it. Then when you say it, it will obey you, because by hearing it (continually) you will have the faith to believe it. It’s only when you believe what you say and not doubt, that you will receive what you say.
Faith,(believing, knowing, having confidence in your heart)results from hearing and hearing (the ability to know with confidence)comes from the Word of God. The Word of God is the only thing that it true, certain, reliable in all situations and under all circumstances. It cannot be moved or shaken from its appointed purpose. It is the same yesterday today and forever. It is not evolving or morphing into something other than what it was from the beginning.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:9-11
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
What we say, what we give voice to, what we utter as speech to communicate something, all sound that penetrates the atmosphere, affects things that live in the realm of the spirit.
“There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” 1 Corinthians 14:10
Everything that breathes has life in it and with that breath the ability to praise and worship God who gives life to all things. [Psalm 150:6]
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
The Word of God is spirit and when we speak the Word of God we are speaking spirit. The Spirit gives life. The Spirit of the Word is Life. The Word in our mouth is a force of life in spirit that can change us, change our circumstances and bring life to those who hear it.
We can have what we say, when we believe it in our hearts. We can believe in our hearts when what we say is the Word of God. We can also believe in our hearts when what we say is the word of death and the devil. The choice is ours. Life of death blessing or cursing is our choice to have or to dispel. The entrance of God’s Word brings light. [Psalm 119:130, John 1:5]
The greatest mountain on earth is no match for the Word of God spoken from a heart of faith, by the mouth of one who believes it.