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Faith Is Your Ability To Believe, And Receive

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“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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” – Mark 11:22-24

There are certain text in the above Scripture which have been highlighted bold in order to give us an understanding of how we position ourselves to receive from God:

  1. Have faith in God – The Ultimate Provider – Source
  2. Whosoever shall say – The Spoken Word – Declaration
  3. Shall not doubt – The Fearless Assurance – No Wavering
  4. But shall believe – The Faith Power – Confidence
  5. He shall have – The Manifested Word – Results

Summary:

“When ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”

Poisonous thoughts of doubt and fear paralyze our ability to receive. The bondage that is found in our minds caused by this poison withholds from us the results. We self-sabotage by not taking the steps we need to take in order to put in motion the faith in God and in ourselves to expect the miracles in all areas of our lives. Our potential dwindles away, hiding in the background while we just sit back and let life just happen.

We can change our outcomes by releasing our minds to not only believe, but expect for that which we have declared over, even if it currently resides in the midst of the impossible. Within the spiritual realm, we can enter into that place where impossibilities do not exist. It is the place where the light of the All-Knowing and All-Powerful God shines away all darkness.

Life must be lived by decree and not by chance. We must speak to our today and expect our tomorrows to conform. Whether we are aware of it or not, we already do. Proverbs 6:2 says, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth”. And in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. What are you giving death to, with the words you are declaring? What are you giving life to?

Today you are living the results of your thoughts and decrees found in your yesterdays. The Word of God says in the above text from Mark, that the created world must align itself with your declarations spoken in faith and not doubt, in order to receive the instructions of what your tomorrow should look like. God has given you dominion over your world, which consist of that which surrounds your life. It is a world of probability. A world that works on cause and effect, through your spoken words.

The world was created by the spoken Word of God! The matter of the material world created consists of that which was spoken out of the spiritual world by God. Jesus, in the above text, tells us that we must speak to the material world and expect it to subject itself to our commands, through our ability to believe and not doubt that what we say shall come to pass, if we do not doubt!

The Renewing of the Mind

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Biblical Foundation

“And Be renewed in the spirit of your mind” Ephesians 4:23

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” Colossians 3:10

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12: 2

“…but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” 2 Corinthians 4:16

 

The Christ follower is currently partaking of a renewing process. This process is continual from the time since we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In order to understand this process, there are two key words that must be understood. The first word is “the renewing”, and the second word is “the mind”.

Let’s define the first, “the renewing”:

To renew: According to Webster’s Dictionary, to renew is, (1) to make new again, to make young, fresh, or strong again: to bring back into good condition (2) to give new spiritual strength to (3) to cause to exist again; reestablish; revive

The term, renew, gives the indication of something that at one time was new, but has lost its original first condition. It is the making new again of what is old, worn, or exhausted. It is to bring back to an original or unimpaired condition.

In the Greek, the term renewing in Romans 12:2, is anakainosis, which means a renewing or a renovation which makes a person different than in the past. It is to renew qualitatively.

Let’s now look at the second word, “the mind”:

The mind: Again, according to Webster’s Dictionary, the mind is, (1) memory; recollection or remembrance, (2) what one thinks; opinion (3) that which thinks, perceives, feels, wills; a) the seat or subject of consciousness, b) the thinking or perceiving part of consciousness, intellect, or intelligence c) attention; notice d) all of an individual’s conscious unit: psyche (4) the intellect in its normal state; reason

The mind is the central identifier of a person’s life. It is the main hub, from which our thoughts and the decision process takes place. According to the Bible, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). A man’s thoughts are a sum total of his life.

Now the renewing of the mind is the process by which the person is transformed. In other words, we are called to think differently than we did prior to serving the Lord. I would like to pause for a second to touch on a word which correlates with “the mind”, and that is “the heart”. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness”. The word “heart” here, in the Greek, is kardia, which the Scriptures attribute to it: thoughts, reasonings, understanding, will, judgment, designs, affections, love, hatred, fear, joy, sorrow, and anger. Therefore, the heart is used as a metonymy (a figure of speech in which the name of one thing is used in place of that of another) for the mind in general; the understanding; the will; the memory; the intention, affection, or desire; and the conscience.

In summary, your life should be reflecting continual change. It does not matter how much change, since this is a process that you must submit to individually, but certainly you should be reflecting some level of change since you accepted Christ into your life. This is our process of transformation, according to the Apostle Paul. To be transformed is “to change into another form”, in the Greek, metaorphoo.

We must continue to push forward to see that continual change by submitting our lives in obedience to what God is doing in us. We must defeat the old person in us which battles to take control of areas in our lives which we have already submitted. We must transform our thinking to live a life of faith of not only of the God we serve, but also a faith in the God we serve. That is to say a faith in all that He has established in His Word with regards to the life we should be living and the promises He has established for us.

As we read the Word of God, our minds enter into that place where change happens. Our thoughts begin to align themselves with the Scriptures in order to cause in us a Biblical reaction to circumstances. Our minds are transformed and old thoughts and habits are replaced by new thoughts and principles.

Only by renewing our minds can we put off the old man in us and his way of thinking, and put on the new man who continually grows into having the mind of Christ.

Your Faith And The Victorious Life

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FaithThere is no denying that the world is currently in turmoil. Societies are living in challenging times. The news agencies have seem to run out of good things to report. All is doom and gloom. Answers continue to evade the world. Fear and hopelessness continue to guide the decisions of the people, only to disappoint and bring more desperate times. So, what does the victorious life looks like?

Jesus said in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God”. Many may look at this and say, “yes, I believe that there is a God”. However, it is not enough to just believe that there is a God, you must believe God. What does it mean to believe God? It means that you trust and accept what He has said. It means that you accept His report above every other, regardless of what your situation may look like. It means that you operate and live your life in accordance with the way which He has established, and your decisions align with the principles established in His Word.

When we believe God, our lives change. We are no longer controlled by our circumstances, but control our circumstances by connecting them with what God has to say about them. Through our faith we believe that everything is subjected to the authority of the Word of God. Nothing is impossible to the believer. Mark 9:23 establishes this principle, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”. What did Jesus mean by this. He meant that the world of the impossibilities is subjected to the principle of believing. This indicates that your life is directly connected to your areas of unbelief. In these areas of unbelief exists your failings and disappointments. Your challenges are a direct result of your inability to believe.

Fear is the opposite of faith. It debilitates your ability to believe. Fear is manifested by the presence of lack of faith. It is brought out by focusing on the unknown factors of whatever situation you may be going through. It is anchored in the “What ifs” of life. It places limits on your ability to believe in the power of God.  However, we are called to believe God, as mentioned above. This means to believe in what God said in His Word. So, in Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, “With God all things are possible”. The key here is to connect yourself with God. To believe what He said, and overcome your fear by connecting your faith to a Word spoken by God Himself.

We begin by speaking what God has spoken with regards to our lives. If we want to live a victorious life, then we must begin by declaring that we are victorious, regardless of the circumstances that may surround us. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18, “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile the man”. What does it mean to defile? It means to pollute, corrupt, dirty, contaminate. It means to make inferior by adding undesirable elements. So what we say has the ability to defile who we are, and the life that we live. Notice that what comes out of the mouth is based on what has been deposited in the heart. Jesus establishes this principle in Matthew 12:34, “for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” Our thoughts are connected to our heart. What we allow this world to deposit in us will eventually transform us to its model. It does this by engraving in our hearts the words that come out of our mouth. Those words will create our reality. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” When we live our lives based on the words of God, then we live the type of life that God intended us to live. The victorious life is the blessed life. Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” You keep the word of God in your heart. Then the words that come out of your mouth will align themselves with the word of God that is deposited in your heart, and this will create your new reality which is a victorious life.

Your life will never be the same in the moment that you align your words with God’s word. Change what you have been saying and begin to say what God has said, and then you will begin living life to the ultimate. Jesus said in John 6:63, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”. He continues in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

So begin today to align yourself with the Word of God. Begin to speak what He said. Take hold of those verses in the Word that speak to whatever situation you may be going through. Believe in God and believe God. Believe that what He said, He will do. And begin to welcome the victory in to every area of your life. It has been reserved for you.