Fundamentals of Christian Growth Part 5

The Psalmist tells us that no plague shall come near our dwelling. This is a Scriptural promise. Why are so many Christians sick today? I believe a part of our answer to this question can be found in verse 2.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psalm 91:2

The writer tells us that this is what he says. Scriptural promises are for us today but they are not automatic and are tied into the words we are saying. They do not just come on us though if we say the right words. There is not a magic formula that we invoke by speaking over our lives. We must believe that the things we are saying will come to pass. 

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress.”

We will have to speak the promises of God over our lives. It may seem powerless at first because these things have to get down into our hearts. If we continue to speak the promises there will come a time when they will become revelation. That is the point where we will begin to release power in our words because it is the point where our words will be backed by faith.

The promises of God are voice activated. Faith is released with our words. In Genesis 1 we will find that God said and things were created. Everything in the natural realm was created by the Word of God. 

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 11:3

God spoke the universe into existence! He released His faith through words. I believe our problems are all sourced in our words. We can choose to confess the doctors report or God’s report. 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21

We choose to release life or death through the words we speak. It seems like a majority of Christians do not understand this. They unconsciously are releasing death into their lives on a daily basis.

35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Mark 5:35-36

Jairus had come to Jesus seeking healing for His daughter. Jesus had agreed to go with him but on the way they met people who had come from his house because the daughter had died. We probably would have tried to console Jairus but that is not what Jesus did!

He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, “Be not afraid, only believe.”
Jesus did not allow him an opportunity to respond to this report. He heard them say that the daughter had died but responded with a command to not be afraid! Jairus could have responded with words of unbelief but Jesus stopped him from doing so.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6:25-32

We need to take note of Jesus’ statement in verse 31. He was talking about living life without care and ended His talk by saying, “take no thought, saying”. Thoughts will come but we do not have to take them! This will require us to develop discipline over the things we allow ourselves to say.

Kenneth E. Hagin used to say, “You can’t keep birds from flying over your head but you can stop them from building nests.” The devil will bring thoughts of doubt, fear, and worry. It is our choice what we will do with them. They do not have power over our life until we “take” them by giving voice to them. Learning to discipline ourselves in the things we are saying is key to our spiritual growth. As a general rule, Christians do not understand these things. If a doctor delivers a bad report they immediately go out and begin to tell people.

“I’m dying!”
“I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life on dialysis!”

 It doesn’t matter if we feel anything or not. The doctor said it so we believed it and confessed it. Unfortunately, most Christians do not have as much faith in the Word of God as they do the word of their doctor. They feel it is wrong to confess what they are saying in Scripture if they cannot perceive it with their five physical senses. I have been told that this is lying but isn’t that a bit hypocritical? Why would it be “honesty” to confess the doctor’s report when we can’t perceive anything with our five physical senses but “lying” when we do the same with God’s Word?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21

Our tongues have power. If we continue to speak things contrary to the Word of God, we will never grow to our full potentials in the spiritual realms! 

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mark 11:23

As a general rule Christians will say what they have. The Bible tells us that we can have what we say. These are two different concepts and learning the difference will greatly influence our spiritual growth. I encourage you to start paying attention to the words you are speaking on a daily basis. Do you talk more about your problems or about the promises of God for your life? Are you talking more about your pain, lack, and suffering than the victory promised in Scripture?

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