Living By Faith

HIDDEN TREASURES

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)

Man does not discover God. God reveals Himself. William Barclay

There are things that are hidden for us InChrist. We sometimes think so much is hidden from us, yet God has chosen revelation as His way. God seems to play “hide and seek” with us. When we seek Him, we will find Him, when we search for Him with all our heart. God actually enjoys revealing Himself. He chooses to reveal Himself. Today we are at the threshold of an increase in the revelation of God that will launch a revolution that will change this generation.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a human discovery; it is a revelation from God.The fact that God is as Jesus showed him to be is not something which a man could have discovered by intellectual processes. Man does not discover God. God reveals Himself. ~William Barclay

Confession: I will call upon the Lord and pray, and He will listen to me. I will seek the Lord and find Him, when I search for Him with all of my heart! (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

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IF THERE IS A MOUNTAIN IN YOUR WAY, “QUARK IT”

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

The reason words will move a mountain is because mountains are made by words. Mark Hankins

The Time Magazine issue of February 19, 1996, had an article that caught my attention. The article, “What’s Hiding in the Quarks,” tells about the discovery of quarks that was made at the giant Tevatron accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. 

Physicists coined the term, “Quarks” in 1994 to describe what they thought were the tiniest, most fundamental building blocks of matter. After further study, the scientists discovered that quarks may not be the most basic units of matter after all! 

What are quarks made of?  Many scientists are of the opinion that quarks are made of sound waves. I believe that is correct because it confirms what the Bible teaches. In Genesis, the phrase “AndGodsaid” is repeated over and over again. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth… For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:6-9)

Confession: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. (Hebrews11:3)

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THE WELCOMING WORD TO GOD

The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. (Romans 10:8)

The vocabulary of salvation releases the power of God! Mark Hankins

I really like the way the Message Bible reads in Romans 10:8-10: “This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God -‘Jesus is my Master’ – embracing body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what He did in raising Jesus from the dead.” I especially like the phrase, “Say the welcoming word to God.” Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ and all He has done for you. Dare to open the door to the supernatural by believing and speaking. God wants to work for you; He just needs you to open the door. Say it out loud. Hold fast to your confession of faith.  Win the war of words. God has given us all the ammunition we need!

Confession: I believe in my heart that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, and I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. I have been born again. God is my very own Father, and I am His very own child. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are new. Jesus is my Master! (Romans 10:9-10; 8:14-15, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

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“LEGO” BIBLE BUILDING BLOCKS

Whosoever shall say… believe those things which he saith… he shall have whatsoever he saith. (Mark 11:23)

Words are the building blocks of faith. Mark Hankins

In Mark 11:23, Jesus said “believe” once. He said “say” or “saith” three times. The speaking part is vital to faith. Faith is released or put to work by speaking.

Jesus used three different Greek words for the speaking part of faith in Mark 11:23. The first “say” is the Greek word epo, which means command. It shows the authority of the believer. The second reference to speaking that Jesus used was the word “saith.”  This word in the Greek is laleo, which means to speak out; use your own voice; be bold!  The third reference to speaking is also the word saith.  However, this Greek word is lego; it means systematicdiscourse.

Jesus was giving us a lego set of building blocks to teach us how to frame our world according to the picture or diagram He has given us in the Word of God. The Bible gives us a lego set of building blocks for salvation, healing, blessing, prosperity, and victory in life. Take the Word of God and build.

Confession: I have victory in Jesus. My life is blessed! My future is built on the Word of God!

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BY YOUR WORDS

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. (I Peter 3:10)

Change your words and change your world!           Mark Hankins

Your words will make you or break you. Your words determine the boundaries of your life. The speech center is the dominion center of your being. Your tongue will determine the direction, destination, and quality of your life! 

(James 3, 1 Peter 3:10)

When you go to a doctor, the first thing he does is look at your tongue. When you go to God with a problem, the first thing He says is, “Say Ahh! I see the problem. It’s written all over your tongue!”

James 3:2-5 in the Message Bible tells us how important our words are: “If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets course in the face of the strongest wind. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly everything – or destroy it!” 

Confession: I will refrain my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking guile. I will love life and see good days! (1 Peter 3:10)

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