Living By Faith

SUPERNATURAL JOY

Happy is the people that know well the shout of praise, that lives, Lord, in the smile of thy protection! (Psalm 89:15  Knox)

 

“The Holy Ghost is not just interested in the miracle; He’s interested in you receiving strength!” – Mark Hankins

 

When the Word hits your spirit, there can be conception; then you can give birth to your miracle. In Genesis 18, when the Lord told Abraham and Sarah that she would have a son, she first laughed in unbelief. At some point, however, she must have started laughing in faith. She must have said, “I’m not the performer; I’m just the believer.” Sarah and Abraham then named their miracle, “Ha, ha.”

They named him “Isaac,” which means “laughter.”

The people that know the joyful sound are the ones who get into the presence of God and walk in the light of His countenance. This joy is not dependent on how much money you have in the bank or who likes you; it is supernatural. It comes from heaven. It comes from God. God has this joy in Him and as believers; the same joy is in us!

 

Confession: I laugh in faith because I realize that I’m not the performer, I’m just the believer. The joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

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EXCEEDING JOY USHERS IN THE GLORY OF GOD

Yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8)

 

“Believing is always accompanied by joy.” – Mark Hankins

 

Rejoicing activates faith; joy accompanies believing. In 1 Peter 1:8, the Apostle Peter speaks of some wild, ecstatic, triumphant, heavenly joy, not someday when we get to heaven, but right now! The Amplified Bible says, “You believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.”

Unspeakable joy is a container of the glory of God. The glory and the abundance of God are manifested in an atmosphere of rejoicing. We are commanded to rejoice; it is not an option! God brought us here to have fun — now we are going to have fun!  God brought us here to have victory — now we are going to have victory!

 

Confession:  I rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I have victory! The glory and the abundance of God are manifesting in my life today!

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MOVE YOUR MOUTH–MOVE YOUR MOUNTAIN

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain…(Mark 11:23)

 

“Change your words; change your world.” – Mark Hankins

 

The speaking part of faith is very important. Speaking is vital to faith working effectively. In Mark 11:23, Jesus’ words indicate that the speaking part must be emphasized three times more than the believing part. Jesus emphasized the speaking part three times and believing only once.

Faith moves God. Faith moves mountains, but faith will not move anything until it moves you. The first part of you that your faith will move is your mouth. Smith Wigglesworth said, “No man looks at appearances if he believes God. I’m not moved by what I see, I’m not moved by what I feel, I’m moved only by what I believe, and I believe God.”

Your faith must change your words before it will change your world. If you are silent, you lose by default. There is no silent faith in the Bible. Faith must have a voice.

 

Confession:  I’m not moved by what I see, I’m not moved by what I feel, I’m moved only by what I believe, and I believe God!

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RISE UP IN FAITH

For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from (its) works of obedience is also dead. (James 2:26 | AMP)

 

“Even in the middle of adversity, your faith will get you to your destination.” – Mark Hankins

 

I went to a hot-air balloon festival once in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A man from the church I was ministering at had a hot-air balloon in the competition and took me in the balloon with him. Not long after we took off, he told me that we had absolutely no control over the direction of the hot-air balloon. He said the only thing that we had control over was the altitude of the balloon.

The balloons that had made it to 3,500 feet were heading north. There was a different wind blowing at 3,500 feet that caused the balloons to go the opposite direction. We noticed that all of the balloons at 1,000 feet were heading south.  Unfortunately, that was the wrong direction. The target was on the north side of Albuquerque!

This experience reminds me of people following Jesus and obeying God. If you want to get on the target that God has for you, you are going to have to rise up in the Spirit, rise up in the reality of your redemption, and rise up in faith.

 

Confession: I have a divine destination. I choose to rise up in the Spirit where there is another wind blowing!

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EXPOSED TO THE GLORY

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth everyone speak of his glory. (Psalm 29:9)

 

“The glory of God has the power to produce and birth things into your life that have never existed before.” – Mark Hankins

 

I have some friends in Louisiana who raise cows. Whenever they take a cow to the auction, they have to disclose whether that cow has been “exposed” to a bull. When you get in the glory of God things are created. You will be able to conceive and new things will be born. God will put things in your spirit that you will give birth to nine months later.

The devil doesn’t want you to get in the glory because every time you come out, you are carrying something from heaven that is going to be born in this earth. Things that didn’t exist before will come into being when they are conceived in the glory of God. The devil wants you to stay religious, but when you get hungry for the glory of God, it will position you for something to be born in your life!

 

Confession: My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.  (Psalm 84:2)

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