Living By Faith

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or Who shall stand in His holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the Lord… (Psalm 24:3-5)

 

“The spirit of faith always chooses the Glory Road.” – Mark Hankins

 

The Knox translation of Psalm 24:3 says, “Who dares climb the mountain of the Lord?” The ones who will climb God’s mountain are the ones with the spirit of faith! The spirit of faith always chooses the Glory Road! Climbing this mountain represents obedience to the will of God. The road on the mountain of God is the Glory Road. Those who choose to travel the Glory Road see the glory of God! The Glory Road is like a spiritual Mount Everest.  On this road there is much sacrifice and it is extremely challenging, but when you get to the top and see what is on the other side, you will be glad you chose that road. It requires training and discipline to make it to the top. However, the rewards at the top make the journey worthwhile. Choose the Glory Road and experience the glory of God!

 

Confession: I will dare to climb the mountain of God and obey His will for my life! I choose the Glory Road! I will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of my salvation. (Psalm 24:5)

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BELIEVE & SPEAK

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

 

“Jesus said to me, ‘My words in your mouth are just as powerful as My words in My mouth.'” – Reinhard Bonnke

 

The Word of God was spoken out of the mouth of God before it was written. God spoke it, men spoke it, and finally men penned it. It was spoken before it was written, and it was written so it might be spoken. II Timothy 3:16-17 says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. When the Word says, given by inspiration of God, it literally means, God-breathed. The Word of God in your mouth is tantamount to receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from God! The spoken Word gives the life of God to everyone who has the spirit of faith. The spirit of faith believes, speaks, and acts on the Word of God.

 

Confession: I will believe and speak the Word of God. For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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)

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CHANGED BY FAITH

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)

 

“Any man may be changed by faith no matter how he may be fettered.” – Smith Wigglesworth

 

Some people disqualify themselves from the blessings of God because they think they have too many flaws. You don’t have to be perfect to have a spirit of faith. While it is true that you are to keep growing spiritually, you do not need to have reached perfection to have a spirit of faith. Consider the great faith heroes of Hebrews chapter eleven! There is not one perfect person listed in that tremendous list of faith giants. There were flaws in Abraham, Sarah, Noah, Moses, Samson, David, and many others in the Bible who had a spirit of faith. I am glad that God works with imperfect people! The spirit of faith enables you to overcome in every area of your life!  “But we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

Confession: I have the spirit of faith. I am changed by faith! I am an overcomer!  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)

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SHOUT FOR THE VICTORY

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

 

“No man can doubt when he learns to shout!” – Smith Wigglesworth

 

The spirit of faith will often cause a person to look as foolish as Naaman did, when the prophet Elisha told him to dip seven times in the muddy Jordan River (II Kings 5:14).  What God required of Naaman for his healing from leprosy was not difficult, but it seemed too foolish. Naaman’s reasoning almost made him miss his miracle. He finally acted on the prophet’s word and was totally healed!

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (I Corinthians 1:27)

In Romans 4:17, we read of Abraham:  “I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  Smith Wigglesworth said, “You must learn to take the victory and shout in the face of the devil, ‘It is done!’”

 

Confession:  I will shout, “It is done!” in the face of the devil and take my victory. It is not by my might, but by the Spirit of God that I will see my miracle come to pass.

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GOD’S ABILITY AND OUR RESPONSIBLITY

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12)

 

“Grace is God’s grip on you; faith is your grip on God!” – Mark Hankins

 

A believer’s responsibility is to trust in God. You study faith, you walk by faith, and you live by faith, but there are times when it may seem like your faith doesn’t have the grip you need. When you sense that, look to the grace of God. God performs what He has spoken concerning you. You don’t have to bring it to pass; God brings it to pass. Our responsibility is to trust in Him. Brother Kenneth E. Hagin said, “You don’t have to make it happen; you let it happen.”  That is why the person who believes has entered into rest. (Hebrews 4:3) God has good things planned for you. Trust in Him and watch Him do what He says He will do! For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

 

Confession: My responsibility is to trust in God’s ability. He will perform what He has spoken concerning me! I don’t have to make it happen! God will bring it to pass!

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