Living By Faith

SHOUT IT OUT

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. (Romans 1:16)

“Everything changes when you begin to understand who you are in Christ and begin to act like the Bible is true.” – Mark Hankins

The company that makes Shout detergent uses the slogan: “For those tough stains, you have to ‘Shout’ them out!” I couldn’t agree more. Make sure you know what you are shouting about and let it rip!

Smith Wigglesworth said, “Some people would be giants in faith if they just had a shout.” Faith shouts while the walls are still standing. He also said, “You need to see how wonderful you are in God and how helpless you are without Him.”

Mom ran around the church in West Columbia, Texas, for many years. It is much larger now than it was when I was a child. More educated and prosperous people joined the congregation, but she would still say, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!” She continued to shout, “Woooooo!” and ran around the church.  The only thing that changed over the years is that in the later years, I would run with her!

Confession: God has brought me up out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay. He set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings! He has put a new song in my mouth!  My mouth is full of His praise! (Psalm 40:2-3)

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ACKNOWLEDGING EVERY GOOD THING

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.(Philemon 6)

“Your life becomes a great testimony to others as they see the wonderful benefits that belong to the believer!” – Mark Hankins

No good thing comes from walking or following after the flesh. On the other hand, every good thing is available to you as you follow after the Spirit in Christ. Believers should acknowledge every good thing that is in them in Christ. 

There are many benefits that are ours in Christ. The Fenton translation of Philemon 6 says, “so that your advance in the faith may become energetic by recognition of every benefit there is for us in Christ.”  Would you like to advance in faith? You do not want to be the same next year at this time or next month at this time, do you? You need to take some steps forward by acknowledging who you are in Christ!

Confession: I am righteous in Christ. I am blessed in Christ. Victory is mine in Him. I am not trying to get it or hoping to get it, it is mine now! I am in Christ and Christ is in me!

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THE YOKE IS DESTROYED

…and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

“The anointing stands up to whatever challenges you are facing, whether they are mental, physical, emotional, or relational.” Mark Hankins

What is a yoke? A yoke is something than attaches you to a weight. The devil will try to wrap things around you, chain you up, lock you down, and get you underneath some load or burden. Satan is the oppressor and wants to keep you bound, but the anointing destroys the yoke and everything the devil tries to put on you. When you begin to acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ, the anointing empowers you to overcome.

Where does the anointing come from? You can receive it from someone else, but you can also let the anointing rise up from inside of you — from your spirit.

The anointing responds to faith! Your faith will function as you acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ, and it will pull on that anointing. In Christ, that anointing will rise up on the inside of you and meet the challenge.

Confession: I am not quitting. I am not giving up. Whatever God has called me to do, I can do. I am in Christ, the Anointed One, and He lives in me! I cannot be defeated!

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THE ENFORCER OF THE WORD

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)

“The anointing actually comes to confirm the Word.” – Mark Hankins

You have an unction, an anointing, from the Holy One, so you know all things. The anointing is a spiritual substance that enforces the Word. As you agree with the Word of God, that anointing rises up in you. When you begin to acknowledge the good things that are in you in Christ, the anointing comes out of your belly or your spirit. It rises up and hits your soul, your mind, and your emotions, and it runs into your bones and your blood!

The anointing will teach you what is real and what is true. The anointing will also teach you to abide in Him. As you abide in Him, that anointing abides in you. If you want to find God’s address, look right down on the inside of you — where He lives! The anointing will also teach you to abide in Him.

The anointing is the reality of your redemption and who you are in Christ. Being “in Christ” is not just a theological lesson; it is acknowledging every good thing that is in you in Him. The anointing rises up to produce and display this reality.

Confession: Christ the Anointed One lives in me. I am a new creation. I am redeemed. I am healed. I am blessed. I am prosperous!

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SOUL, BE STILL!

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10)

Get your spirit tuned up and the Holy Spirit will begin to make things clear to you.” – Mark Hankins

God will reveal things to you as you get your body and your mind quiet. You may finally get your body to stop, but often your mind is still going. In Psalm 46:10, the psalmist David said,“Soul, I am talking to you. Soul, be still! Be still!”

Old-timers use to call this “praying through” in the Holy Spirit. Before you make any major decision, you must pray through. You should never make any major decision based on circumstantial evidence; it should be based on what the Holy Spirit is saying to your spirit. Whether things look good or bad, once you have the witness of the Holy Spirit on the inside, it will be all right.

Paul said, “My outward man is perishing, but my inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) So the key to your future is what is happening in your inward man.

Confession: I speak to my soul and command it to be still before the Lord. My inward man is being strengthened day by day.

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