Living By Faith

WHERE FAITH BEGINS

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.(2 Timothy 3:16)

“Every breakthrough in faith comes from a breakthrough in revelation.” -Mark Hankins

Revelation is the difference between faith and mental ascent. For the spirit of wisdom and revelation to work in your life, you will have to get beyond the theological, the historical, the geographical, and the doctrinal perspectives of the Bible and enter the realm of the inspirational.

2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is inspired or God-breathed. When revelation is released in your life, you enter a realm where God breathes His Word into your spirit and talks to you personally.

Moving up in faith is a greater challenge than climbing Mount Everest. By the spirit of wisdom and revelation, we can know the limitless possibilities of God’s plan and purpose for our lives. With each new revelation, the Holy Spirit will lead us to another altitude camp. He is our guide, and He will take us to the top if we will listen to Him and follow Him. See you at the top!

Confession:  I am moving up in faith by the spirit of wisdom and revelation. For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

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FAITH AND REVELATION

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. (Psalm 24:3-4)

“Double red blood cells…higher altitude” -Mark Hankins

The process of climbing the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, takes about three months. Climbers go from lower altitude camps to higher camps, gradually making the ascent. Sometimes they must stay at high altitude camps for as long as three weeks until their bodies adjust to the higher altitude. Red blood cells begin to increase because of the lack of oxygen. By the time they reach the final altitude camp, the red blood cells in their bodies have actually doubled in number to be able to carry enough oxygen to keep them alive. This kind of mountain climbing has to be in your blood for you to survive.

There are some blessings you cannot receive from God at “sea level.” You will have to move up in revelation and in faith to move up higher into God’s presence. Every breakthrough in faith comes from a breakthrough in revelation. The red blood cells of your faith can double so you can move up higher in blessing and fruitfulness in the kingdom of God! 

Confession:  I am climbing higher in my fellowship with God. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

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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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A WALK IN THE CEMETERY

Ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you the Spirit, who will make you wise and reveal God to you, so that you will know Him. (Ephesians 1:17 | Good News Bible)

“The language of faith or redemption gives us access to the supernatural.” –Mark Hankins

I remember walking through a large cemetery with my dad when I was a little boy. I particularly noticed the word “veteran” on many of the markers. I even commented to my dad about the large number of “veterans” in the cemetery. My dad just responded, “Yes, there sure are a lot of veterans in this cemetery.” My dad did not realize that I thought a veteran was a veterinarian. We were saying the same word but with two totally different pictures. My dad saw someone who served in the military, but I saw an animal doctor. As a child, I wondered why so many “veterans” had died at the same time — maybe they had all been bitten and got rabies.

Even though my dad and I were saying the same thing, we definitely were not seeing the same thing. We must understand the language of redemption and effectively speak it.  The Gospel of Christ is a language of power; it is the power of God working in this world.

Confession: The revelation of God is causing things to turn around for me right now! “O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.” (Psalm 30:12)

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