Expressing faith is vital … Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes (his return), will he find faith on the earth?” And remember, without faith it is impossible for us to please God (see Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is trust. It’s obedience. Without works, faith is dead (James 2). There’s more though …
It’s amazing when we consider to whom Jesus gave his highest praise as he looked for faith. It wasn’t to Peter nor any disciple. It certainly was not to the religious establishment in Jerusalem—Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, scribes, and priests.
It was to a Gentile Roman centurion who understood how authority worked (alignment) and how it was released through commanded speech (Matthew 8).
Just say the word
The centurion said to Jesus, “You don’t need to come to my home. Just say the word and my servant will be healed. For I also am under authority. And I’m in authority.”
“I say, ‘Go’ … and a soldier goes. I say, ‘Come’ … and another soldier comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this!’ … and it gets done!”
Jesus was astonished and said to his followers, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
Love, pray, then say
Later in the Gospels, Peter was thunderstruck when a fig tree Jesus cursed withered and promptly died in a day. Jesus then coached his disciples (and us!). See Mark 11: 22-26):
- Have faith in God … the person of God is the focal point of our faith … it’s about what he can do. Faith is relational, not just transactional.
- Speak and believe that what you say will happen … we will have what we say as we believe. It’s reality.
- As you pray, believe that you receive what you are asking … and you will have it, even before you “see” it.
- Forgive and walk in love … there’s little to no power in our prayers when we live in unforgiveness. Cultivate relational integrity.
Faith is saying. But’s it’s saying that’s sourced in praying. We speak to the mountains to excuse themselves.
See “mountains” as anything that is hindering the glory of Christ from being fully revealed in your life as you quest to express your complete calling.
I’ve been challenged lately. What is my state of belief? How clear and courageous is it? Do I believe that what I say will happen? Or am I not a person of my word?
I believe this is fundamentally an integrity issue.
The questions go up … the exclamation marks come down!
I was showing Penelope, my wife, the doodle above and she instantly came up with another layer of understanding (this is what I love about doodling!) …
Quite often we don’t know how to pray as we should. But the Holy Spirit helps us!
Our questions go up, God’s exclamatory statements come down … things we are to confess, prophesy, declare and decree! As we release God’s exclamation marks, things happen!
How are we doing with us? Are there too many questions marks and not enough authentic exclamation marks in our lives?
Let’s ask it this way: are there people and situations around us which are missing out on the authority of Christ being revealed because we are the missing link? (I’m looking in the mirror as I type. I can almost see my reflection in the computer screen.)
- How are we doing with relational integrity? Is there unforgiveness in our lives. Are there some things we need to clean up and bring closure to?
- What is the quality of our prayer life? Do we give prayer the place of priority it deserves? Are we receiving as we pray? True believing = receiving according to Jesus.
- What is the state of our faith-language? Are we living by faith-logic instead of natural logic?
Related: See my article on how everything responds to personal energy … Everything Responds to Personhood: Your’s and God’s
Thoughts? Insights? Comment below. I’m saying we are responsible to speak with power to affect things for the good. Is that too extreme?
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