Living By Faith

POWER IN THE GOSPEL

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection…being conformable to his death. (Philippians 3:10)

 

“The power of the Gospel is destructive and constructive; destructive to the works of the devil, and constructive to the believer.” – Mark Hankins

 

The power of the Gospel is seen in both the death and resurrection of Christ. The Gospel gives you the ability to not only speak life but also to speak death to the works of the devil. The death of Christ put an end to what you were; the resurrection of Christ opened up who you are in your new identity.

Someone might say, “The doctors have told me that I have incurable cancer. They have given me only a few months to live.”  Hold it just a second–not only was there a resurrection in the Gospel, but there was also a death. So you can say, “I curse that cancer and command it to die. I speak death to that cancer.”

What does that mean? “Death” means, “cease to exist.” You can speak to works of the devil that are ruling in your life today and command them to cease to exist in the name of Jesus!

 

Confession: I speak to the works of the devil that are ruling my life today and command them to cease to exist in the name of Jesus! Now life comes in!

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LIVING FAITH WILL CARRY YOU

Faith is like that. If faith does not issue in action, if it is all alone by itself, it is dead. (James 2:17  | Barclay)

 

“The word of faith begins in your mouth.” – Mark Hankins

 

It is very difficult to carry dead faith around. Faith without action is dead. However, living faith will carry you. Living faith demands action.

Romans 10:8-9 says, “But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Again, the word of faith begins in your mouth.

The first act of faith a Christian makes is saying, “Jesus is Lord.”  The miracle of the new birth is activated by words. There are many important facets of faith, but the speaking part is vital. It seems that Satan wants to stop you before the initial act of faith. When God gets His foot in the door, His power changes everything.

 

Confession: The word of faith begins with my mouth. My faith is changing my words and as a result, it will change my world!

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GENETIC CONNECTION

Lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities…Behold your God! (Isaiah 40:9)

 

“When you speak, there is an identical voice of faith. It sounds like the voice of God.” – Mark Hankins

 

A number of years ago I called my brother’s church. The secretary mistook my voice for his voice because we’re brothers and there is a genetic similarity. She immediately said, “Pastor Mike.”  When she said that, I thought I would take advantage of the situation and said, “You know, I really love my brother Mark a lot and would like to express my appreciation to him in a more tangible way.  I want you to send my brother Mark a check for $10,000.”  The secretary got real quiet on the other end of the phone because she thought I was Mike. Then I said, “I’m just kidding, this is Mark.”

I realized my voice, because of the genetic connection, gave me access to his checking account. That’s why God says, “Lift up your voice and speak.” There is a genetic connection between you and Jesus Christ. There is authority, healing, deliverance, victory, and blessing in your voice.

 

Confession: I lift up my voice in faith and victory! Mountains have to move! I have authority, healing, deliverance, victory, and blessing in my voice!

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PREPARE FOR GLORY: LIFT YOUR VOICE

Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. (Jeremiah 1:9)

 

“The spoken word builds the road for the glory to come.” – Mark Hankins

 

In Mark 11:23, Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say…he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Anytime God wants to change someone’s life, He always touches his or her mouth.  He changes families, churches, cities, and nations the same way.

The move of God is voice activated. We must speak the Word of God. Your voice is your address in the realm of the spirit.

Today, God is touching your mouth. God wants you to lift your voice as a believer; as you do, you will move mountains and prepare for the glory of the Lord. We must exercise our faith to prepare for the glory of God.

 

Confession: 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 11:23)

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THE LAW OF IDENTIFICATION

Ye must be born again. (John 3:7)

 

“What Satan did in Adam, God reversed in Christ.” – Mark Hankins

 

The whole Bible is really about two men: the first Adam and the last Adam. Adam is the old man, and Christ is the new man. As we shared the same identical condition with Adam, we now share the same identical condition with Christ (Romans 5 and 6).

You can find Adam’s condition in whatever language you speak – Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, or English. Anywhere you go, you can still find Adam talking.  He is saying, “I am sick. I am poor. I am confused. I am depressed. I want to kill myself. I want to kill some- body else.” You can find Adam’s language everywhere because the whole human race is identified with Adam. You can trace your family tree all the way back to Adam.

The Law of Identification is “Adam in Christ.” One man got us into this mess, and one man can get us out. Your experience with Jesus can be so real it changes your identity! The second birth, when you are born again, puts you in the new Adam and you are a new creation!

 

Confession: Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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