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CHAPTER TWO: SPIRITUAL GUIDENCE
In chapter one we saw how both Abraham and Sarah accessed life through their words. They used words to change how they saw themselves to seeing how God saw them. They went from a mere belief in God, to believing God. This is a powerful spiritual principle.
Following God’s mode of operation, they called their desire for a child into existence. They allowed God to change their circumstances and to show Himself strong in their lives. It still brings Him glory today. Abraham and Sarah were able to receive God’s promises because they changed their mindset to agree with God through the words of their mouth. They did what Romans 12:2 calls renewing of the mind.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
According to the world’s standards and what they saw, Sarah’s body was too old to conceive a child. Sarah was constantly reminded of the deadness of her womb. She even tried to take matters into her own hands and help God by giving her maid to her husband to bear him a child. Never a good idea! At that time both Abraham and Sarah’s minds were in agreement with Sarah’s limitations.
Barren or Fertile?
Like Abraham and Sarah, we’re faced with problems and situations in our lives that can leave us with an inability to produce results. How do we view our circumstances? How do we see ourselves? Do we see ourselves as the Bride of Christ? Do we call ourselves the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? Are we choosing to live the victorious life Jesus died to give?
Second Corinthians 5:21 is an example of a God breathed Word to us: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” The emphasis on the word might is mine. Might means maybe or could be. It means that it’s up to each of us. It’s our choice—not God’s. Abraham and Sarah made a choice and took responsibility for the manifestation of God’s promises. God didn’t force it on them. He never overrides anyone’s free will.
Choosing to fight the good fight of faith that Paul talks about is how Abraham and Sarah grew strong and experienced the power of God in their lives.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV).
Abraham and Sarah confessed a good confession! They confessed God’s promise. God’s promises belong to all of His kids.
Like salvation, it’s up to each of us to take God up on His Word of promise. His promises are not automatic in our lives any more than they were automatic for Abraham and Sarah.
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing God’s Words. Hearing our words agree with God’s Word builds faith in our heart to receive what seems impossible. Notice I said God’s Word. We can’t just speak anything. Our job is to search out the scriptures for God’s promises, speak and let God’s will be done.
Jesus said that by speaking words of faith we could remove the mountains of adversity that confront us in life.
“…Have faith in God. 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 KJV).
The Book of James tells us that if we lack wisdom about anything all we have to do is ask God (James 1:5-6). When we believe and pray according to God’s Word (1 John 5:14-15), we create expectation and release life into our lives.
We will be doing what God and Abraham did. We’ll call those things that be not as already existing. This is called faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Like a child’s anticipation of Christmas morning, we’ll be full of hope (expectancy).
This is the principle that God taught me decades ago. I learned that my agreement with God’s Word and releasing His Words with my mouth brought God’s power into my life. That’s how I move the mountains in my life and experience the best life that God made available for me and my family.
We’ll pick-up here in chapter three of What Do You Believe.
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