Living By Faith

WATER, WATER, WATER

…with the washing of the water by the word. (Ephesians 5:26)

 

“Repetition of the watering process is essential for seeds to grow.” – Mark Hankins

 

Years ago, my family and I moved into a “new-to- us” home. I brought in a lot of dirt in order to change the landscaping. I then needed to plant some grass. So, I bought a little bag of centipede grass. I got the ground ready and placed those little tiny seeds in the dirt just right. The instructions said, “You must water the seeds everyday.” So, every day, morning, and evening, I watered that seed.

Four weeks went by and nothing happened! I went back and read the instructions:  “Don’t expect quick results. Don’t expect anything the first four weeks…after eight weeks, little, tiny centipede grass will start to sprout, but you may need a magnifying glass to see it…Be patient.” So four more weeks — water, water, water! Finally, I saw a little bitty centipede grass.  After another three months, I could finally see the grass while standing up!

Today, the whole yard is covered with beautiful centipede grass. The planting process was important, but the instructions on the watering process were actually more important!

 

Confession: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4)

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REPETITION AND THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

 

“Never underestimate the importance of repetition when it comes to the spirit of wisdom and revelation.” – Mark Hankins

 

Did you ever wonder why Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing? Because it doesn’t always come when you hear the Word once — it comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing.

Revelation requires repetition, over and over again. Think about Paul’s letters and how much repetition is in those letters — almost identical repetition. God chose to include all of Paul’s letters in Scripture because if you don’t get it from Ephesians, you can get it from Galatians, Colossians, or Corinthians.

The spirit of wisdom comes by repetition. That’s why Dad Hagin said to pray the prayer in Ephesians 1 every day for six months.  Every day — pray, pray, pray; water, water, water. If you stick with it, the watering process will bring increase in the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

 

Confession: It is God who works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure.  (Philippians 2:13)

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THE LANGUAGE OF FAITH

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)

 

“Many people would like to see different scenery in their lives. God says to make a different sound first.” – Mark Hankins

 

God wants us to learn the language of faith. Language includes understanding and speaking. God communicates to us through His Word. He wants us to see the same thing He sees and say the same thing He says. The spirit of wisdom and revelation and the spirit of faith work together for the will of God to be accomplished in us and through us.

In other words, it does not matter what the devil has done in your life. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, there is another language God wants to teach you — the language of redemption, restoration, and freedom. If you can dare to speak this new language, He will restore your dominion.

 

Confession:  Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. I know I have eternal life. I am a child of God because of what Jesus has done. I have joy. I know the hope of His calling. I know I have an inheritance in Christ. Jesus has given me authority over the devil!

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THE PERFECT LANGUAGE

Whosoever shall say…he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:23)

 

“Effective communication must involve both seeing and saying.” – Mark Hankins

 

Human speech is a characteristic of man made in the image of God. We can see from Genesis 1 that God said and God saw. Sound came before sight in the order of this world’s creation. God said and God saw. Everything we can see was made from sound. Sound changes sight. Faith has a certain sound. As we speak the word of faith, things change in our lives.

In the beginning, a language existed that perfectly expressed the essence of all possible things. The language spoken in the Garden of Eden must have been such a language. Today, in the language of the Gospel, there is even greater power available. God has redeemed us by the blood of Jesus and has given us the language of redemption in Christ Jesus. God has restored all power to us “in

Christ.” It is a language of authority that will move mountains as Jesus said in Mark 11:23. It is a language of healing that Paul spoke in Acts 14:7-10. It is a language of love that Paul described in 1 Corinthians 13.  It is the perfect language.

 

Confession: I am making a different sound — the sound of faith. The scenery of my life is changing because I walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

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RESURRECTION POWER

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

 

“The power that God used to raise Christ from the dead dissolved, melted, and liquidated the works of the devil.”  – Mark Hankins

 

Jesus came to redeem us primarily through His death and resurrection. The power of Christ’s resurrection is destructive — not to us, but to the works of the enemy. The word destroy is luo, which means to loose, break, or undo. Jesus rose from the dead to undo all that Satan had done in man through the fall. Jesus put an end to the works of the devil by first bearing those works in Himself as our substitute in His death, and then rising again free from them all.

In 2 Peter 3:10-12, the word luo was translated “melt” and “dissolved.”  When we take this definition back to 1 John 3:8, we get an interesting insight into Christ’s destruction of the works of the devil. “Now the Son of God came to the earth with the express purpose of liquidating the devil’s activities.” (Phillips Translation)

God made Jesus to bear and become all that was wrong with us in spirit, soul, and body and then vaporized it with the power of His resurrection!

 

Confession: Jesus was my substitute! Because of His death and resurrection, I am free from the works of Satan! (John 8:36)

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