Today I want to talk about the connection between words and faith. We know according to Romans 10:9-10 that salvation comes by grace and faith through the confession of our mouth, that is the beginning of our faith and our words but there is so much more.
Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
The power of our words are revealed in a number of passages but to start with we will look at Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” The Message says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit you choose.”
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope [faith (KJV)] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Our faith is what we believe, what we know, and what we trust and faith is released or shown by the words we speak. If we say something it’s because we believe it, If we talk about something a lot it’s because we enjoy it, if we talk positively about someone, their traits and their advice it’s because we trust them.
We should enjoy spending time in the Word of God, it’s our direction for life, it is God speaking to us. We should believe in and have faith in the Word enough to speak it out loud in situations, when we get a bad report we should believe the report of the Lord, which is the Word of God and declare it out of our mouth. When people come to us with a problem or complaining about something we should answer with the Word of God. If someone comes to you and says they are having back problems call them healed in Jesus name.
One of the key verses on the connection of faith and words is Mark 11:22-24 lets look at it and notice how many times Jesus talks about saying something. Mark 11:22-24 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Notice the order in the verses, we are to have faith in God, we are to say, we are to believe, and we are to receive. Let’s look at some language right quick,
“Have faith in God.” – Some translations say have the God kind of faith. God does everything by words; he created the world with words.
“I say to you…”
“Whoever says…” – any and every believer can say.
“Does not doubt in his heart…” – Jesus got rid of those who doubted he could raise the girl up in Matthew 9:25, we need to surround ourselves with people of like precious faith, 2 Peter 1:1.
“Those things which he says will be done…”
“Therefore I say to you.”
“Whatever things you ask” – Whatever you ask in faith, this is a blank check for anything you can believe for within the guide of scripture of course.
“believes that those things which he says will be done…” – There is no room for doubting, we must believe, we cannot second guess and we cannot have two confessions. We cannot say we are healed in church and say we have pain at home, our second confession cancels out the confession of faith. We can’t pray for finances and talk about not having the money to pay our bills. Proverbs 6:2 says we are snared with the words of our mouth. James says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. We cannot have two confessions. We must retrain our minds and our mouths to only speak what lines up with the Word of God. As E.W. Kenyon said, you will find that you have been so carefully trained in the confession of wrong, of failure, of weakness, of sin, of sickness and in want that it will take a great deal of discipline through the Word to cure you of the habit. (The Power of Your Words, pg. 24).
“He will have whatever he says…”
“Therefore I say to you…”
“Believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
In order to have faith and learn and retrain ourselves to speak right words we must be in The Word. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Faith doesn’t come by having heard, we must continually hear, we must continually learn. Find teachers that will teach faith and train you in right words, get the CD’s and DVD’s spend daily time in the Word, read through the Bible, its not too late to start, if you’ve done it before, do it again you will always see something new if your heart and spirit is open to the leading and teaching of Holy Spirit.
If you have heard this for the first time, I will talk about it more in the future but a good place to start learning this truth and how to retrain your mouth is the book, The Power of Your Words by Don Gossett and E.W. Kenyon. I have barely scratched the surface in this teaching, but pray what we have gone over has been a blessing to you and stirs your heart to speak right words.