For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." – Mark 5:28
When you confess the Word, are you confessing it to convince you? Or to convince God?
God is not sitting up in Heaven, wondering, "Am I going to heal her?" or "Am I going to prosper him?"
No, God’s promises are already ours. Jesus already died and resurrected in order for peace to come to every area of our lives. There is no question whether God wants to heal us or prosper us. It is already a done deal.
When we confess the Word, it isn’t to get the promises to manifest in our lives. We confess the Word to convince ourselves that the Word is true.
If we meditate the Word, mutter it to ourselves, it will cause us to effortlessly believe the Word. Faith comes by hearing ourselves speak the Word.
…He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." – Mark 5:36
When we are faced with a challenge in life, we can either choose to be afraid, meditating on what is wrong and how we can’t fix it, or we can choose to believe what the Word of God says.
When we are diagnosised with a deadly or chronic disease, do we fear, meditating on all that can happen? Or do we choose to believe what the Word says in Psalm 91:16 that with long life will God satisfy us and show us His salvation or in Psalm 118:17 that we will not die but life and declare the works of the Lord.
When we are struggling to pay our bills, do we fear, or do we remind ourselves that God supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19).
We can either meditate on the good promises of God’s Word. Or we can meditate on what we see. The choice is ours.
You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you. – Song of Solomon 4:7
That is how God sees us–without spot.
"But I have sinned.," you might say. Sister, Brother, join the club. We all have come short of God’s standard. Otherwise there would be no need for Jesus’ death on the Cross.
Jesus took your punishment on the Cross for all your sins, right? So instead of seeing us as the sinful people that we are, God sees us through the Cross, through what Jesus did on it.
Without Jesus, we would all be going to Hell literally. With Jesus, we can enjoy being right in God’s eyes. We have all that Jesus deserved. He took all that we deserved. That’s how awesome what Jesus did on the Cross is.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. — Psalm 86:5
God has already forgiven us at the Cross of all our past, present and future sins. People say that He didn’t forgive us of future sins, but if
He didn’t, we are in trouble. At the time Jesus died, we weren’t born yet. All our sins were future sins.
God is so good, so loving, that He punished Jesus for our sins–past, present and future. All our sins are paid for.
It is not God who is withholding forgiveness when we sin. It is us who haven’t received it.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:38 (NIV)
May it be to me as you have said.
The Bible is full of the promises of God. Promises of healing, prosperity, peace in every area of our lives, but how many of us say to God, “May it be to me as You have said.” We don’t.
We struggle to obtain the promises of God that are already ours. We are fighting to receive when those promises are already ours.
Let’s say you go to your bank this Friday. Your money is in your account, right? How silly would it seem to beg and plead for the bank to give you your money? All you do is show them your bank card and your withdrawl slip and receive your money.
Show God your bank card and withdrawal slip in the form of His promises and receive. 🙂
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11 (KJV)
If God has given us an ability, which He has given to each one of us certain talents, abilities and gifts, we should do these things as unto the God. But the key here is to actually use the gifts that we are given.
Most people argue that they use their gifts in the church. Our gifts were never meant to be used in the church building. They were meant to be used to bring people to Christ, to build up the Body of Christ, to further the Kingdom of God.
We cannot do that by just sitting in the pews, waiting on the sinners to come into the church. We show the world Christ through our actions, through our gifts, talents and resources.
Our words aren’t getting through, but our actions will.