Living By Faith

GOING WHERE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN

And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go:  for ye have not passed this way heretofore. (Joshua 3:3-4)

If God told us everything, we would not have to walk by faith.

Mark Hankins

Joshua needed to have a spirit of faith to lead the nation of Israel out of the wilderness into the Promised Land of Canaan. The people were commanded to move from their place, keep their eyes on the ark, and follow it at a certain distance. They were going into new territory. They had never passed that way before.

It seems that God led them in increments of 2,000 cubits (or about 3/5 of a mile). God often gives us only one or two steps at a time. He tells us enough so that we can obey by faith. He doesn’t always tell us everything, but He tells us enough so that we can obey and walk by faith!

Confession:  The Lord orders my steps. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23) A mans heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.  (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)

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BELIEVE AND 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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GOD PERFORMS THINGS FOR YOU

For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (Job 23:14)

The champion enters the ring with a different attitude than the challenger.

Mark Hankins

Theologians tell us that the trials we read about in Job lasted less than a year. Job had a bad year, but when you read the last chapter, you find that the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before! Job had some challenges, but he came out the champion!

TheLordsaidittomethisway: “You will have challenges in life, but you are not the challenger; you are the champion. The challenger is trying to get something. The champion, on the other hand, says, “Ive got something.Every champion faces challengers who try to steal their victory. Satan is the god of this world who does nothing but lie, destroy, and steal. He’s a challenger, but a defeated one!

Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation [difficulty]: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) You aren’t exempt from challenges. However once you know who you are in Christ, and understand that Christ is in you, you will always overcome. Satan may cause some issues, but like Job, you can smile and say, “God performs things for me!”

Confession: I have the attitude of a champion!  In every challenge, I am an overcomer because Christ overcame the world and He dwells in me!  (John 16:33)

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CONFESSION PRECEDES POSSESSION

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised.) (Hebrews 10:23)

Confession builds the road over which faith carries its mighty cargo.

E.W. Kenyon

What comes out of your mouth will make the difference between winning and losing the fight of faith! The good faith fight requires a good profession or confession. The winning strategy is to say what you believe instead of what you feel. Speak the Word of God regardless of how intense the fight becomes! You will possess your inheritance by declaring it with your mouth! It is easier to say what you feel or to talk about how bad things appear to be, but your faith will never rise above your confession.

When you say what God says in His Word, you are building a strong road over which heaven’s cargo can be carried and delivered to you! The devil will put roadblocks, mountains, difficulties, and hindrances in your way. He will try to tell you that God is not faithful and that the Word won’t work. 

If you’ve been wondering why only a few blessings have made their way to your house, perhaps your words have created too narrow of a path. Change your confession to words of faith and construct a wide, clear road for the blessings of God! Confession always precedes possession!

Confession: This is a good fight! I will hold fast my profession of faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised. (Hebrews 10:23)

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FAITH IS AN ACT

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)

As you acknowledge the Word, start acting like it is true.

Mark Hankins

What does it mean to be a doer of the Word? When you see something in the Word, you just act on it. You start acting like the Word is true. James 2:26 tells us that faith without works [or corresponding action] is dead!

If the Word says something belongs to you, you can say, “I am going to act on it.  I am going to act like it is so. It may not feel like it or look like it, but I am acting on it right now. As you acknowledge the Word, start acting like it is true. Smith Wigglesworth said, Faith is an act.

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25)

What do you look at when you look in the mirror? You look at yourself. In other words, James is saying that if you hear the Word, but you don’t do it, it is like looking in the mirror, going your way, and forgetting what you look like!

Confession: I am not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the Word. I act like the Bible is true. I am blessed!

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