2 Corinthians 4:13-15 Message
We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
I love the part that says, “I believed it, so I said it!” Now that my friend, is something we can all learn from. God places so much value on words and gives us so many words to say, but believing, therein does the problem lie.
Hebrews 11 is referred to as the ‘faith’ chapter. Before we go there, let me show you what dictionary.com says about this word, faith; belief that is not based on proof. Hmmm, now THAT’s interesting, isn’t it?
I was reminded this morning of the power of words reading Mark 11:22-23, So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Two key things I see here; 1. Have faith in God; 2. Believe what you say.
I hear a lot of people proclaim their faith in God, but they don’t trust Him to keep His word. I also hear people saying things and trying to make it happen themselves, when it clearly says to trust God to do it.
Our job is to say it! God’s job is to do it. Faith is the process, the beginning to end thing. Hebrews 11:1, Paul said, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I’m to speak and believe that God will bring into existence the thing I’m declaring according to His Word.
My grandmother used to sing a song, “Every promise in the Book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line. And I’m standing on His Word divine. Every promise in the Book is mine.” That’s faith. Knowing that God’s promises are YES and AMEN. Knowing that He always has our best in mind. That He’s a good Father and loves to give good gifts to His children. Do you know Him like that?
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Trust God, speak His Word, it can’t lie, it has to work. You can’t make it happen, but God can. Wrap yourself up in the blanket of His safe and trusted Word. What He’s spoken over your life WILL happen. You just keep doing what He’s called you to do and let Him be God. You can’t take His place, but you can believe.