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Now I understand how frustrating it can be to try and imitate what we have seen someone else do and yet not get the results that they get. You may not be on their level of faith yet.
Grab your Bibles and let's get into a good study of the Word for a few minutes.

The first scripture I want us to look at is found in 2 Corinthians:
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.
(2 Cor. 4:13)
Notice how the believing comes before the speaking.

As I continue to grow in my faith walk God deals with me about trying to confess my way to believing instead of believing my way to confession.

Empty Words?
Now I want you to know that I believe in, practice, and teach our church members "confession of the Word." However, I believe that many times we are confessing things that we really don't believe.

The Bible teaches us that our confession should be the fruit or the byproduct of faith that has already been cultivated in our hearts. Our confession should be to release faith-filled words into the spirit realm to begin to change the natural realm, not to produce faith in us.

The Bible says in Romans 10:17, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." We must understand that the Word of God comes in seed form. As we hear the Word—not just with our natural ears—but with the ear of the spirit, we must give that seed time to grow and produce faith in our hearts.

There have been many occasions in my life when I have heard a great message that was new revelation to me and immediately I would begin to confess the scriptures I heard in that message, yet there was no faith behind those confessions.

Now I am not saying that it is wrong to begin to confess something you discover in the Word, but I am saying that most of the time it is unfruitful. Remember 2 Corinthians 4:13? Our confession should be a result of our faith—not a prelude to faith.

I know that there have been many times when I was confessing all the right scriptures but to be honest with you I was really trying to talk my own self into believing what I was saying.

Let's look at a few verses in the book of Romans:
As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able to perform.
(Rom. 4:17-21)
You and I as sons and daughters of God are supposed to have and operate in the faith of God.

In Romans 4:17 we see how God uses His faith and His Words (or confessions). He makes alive dead things and He calls things that aren't in manifestation as though they were.

Let me ask you a question. Do you think that before God calls something that isn't as though it is, He is thinking in His mind, "I sure hope this works"?

No. Before He says anything He already has total confidence that what He is about to say will definitely come to pass. He doesn't try to talk Himself into believing what He is saying, He is saying what He already knows to be a done deal.

Look To God, Not To Others
Now I understand how frustrating it can be to try and imitate what we have seen someone else do and yet not get the results that they get. You may not be on their level of faith yet. Don't get discouraged. Just keep on growing in your faith walk and you will get there.

Likewise when we get a new revelation from the Word and we start trying to confess that promise with faith before that seed of the Word has had time to germinate in our spirits and produce faith, we are acting prematurely.

Satan: the Seed-Eater
This in and of itself is not bad, but we must also understand that there is a seed-eater out there whose main purpose is to take away seeds that have been sown before they have a chance to properly grow and produce faith in the hearts of believers.

Mark 4:15 says, "And these are they by the way side, where when the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts."

There is a pattern in the Bible that needs to be understood by all of us—and that is the fact that Satan tries to kill or abort the things of God in their infancy. Why? Because a favorite strategy of Satan is to take out the seed of God before it is grown. You see, when it is grown, Satan will not be able to stop it from crushing his head.

Satan loves to see Christians get all excited about a revelation and start proclaiming it before they really believe it. This gives him the perfect opportunity to oppose them and bring doubt and discouragement to them which—when yielded to—will steal the seed away from their heart.

Once again, I want to say that I am in no way trying to say that you shouldn't confess the Word. All I am saying is, give attention to that seed of the Word that you have in your heart and allow it time to grow to its fullest and then when you speak it, you can do so with the power of faith behind it.

Ten Helpful Principles to Add Faith to Your Words
I want to share with you some principles that help me to cultivate the seed of the Word and grow in my faith.

  1. Do topical studies of the Word. It helps to focus on one particular area instead of jumping around to different subjects. For instance if I were needing healing in my body I would absorb myself into scriptures about God's will to heal me.
  2. Take time to meditate on scriptures that you read. One verse that you meditate on allow it to really get down into your spirit is better than a hundred verses you can quote from the soul.
  3. Seek to know the author of the Bible. I believe that we have a distorted relationship with the Word when we try to use it as a "magic cure" for our problems rather than what it truly is, "a roadmap to lead us to a deeper relationship with our creator."
  4. (Keep a sensitive heart to the Holy Spirit. Jesus said many times, "He that hath ears to hear let him hear." He wasn't talking about physical ears, He was talking about a spiritual ear that was capable of hearing and understanding the Words of God. Our spirits must stay in tune with His Spirit.
  5. Avoid strife at all costs. Strife is an open invitation for Satan to come and wreak havoc on our faith. The Bible says not to be ignorant of Satan's devices and this is one of his specialties.
  6. As much as is possible avoid being yoked together with unbelievers in any way. A believer that is yoked together with unbelief is going to have a tough time staying strong in faith.
  7. Endeavor to learn from those who have grown more in their faith than you. Don't be jealous; be hungry for their wisdom. Iron sharpens iron.
  8. Stay in church (a good church) and stay submitted to the leadership of that local church body. Loners are easy prey for the devil.
  9. Spend time in prayer every day. This develops your relationship with God on a very personal level. Once you know someone more deeply you have no trouble believing what they say.
  10. Be persistent. Never ever give up, no matter what. The faith walk is full of obstacles and resistance but faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

Voice of the Lord Ministries
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Brian Mullins
Web site: Voice of the Lord Ministries
 
Brian Mullins pastors Voice of the Lord Ministries, a non-denominational, Spirit-filled church located in Kernersville, North Carolina, between the cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
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