Mark 11:22 NKJV “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God””
It doesn’t get any simpler as a command, have faith in God! Jesus was teaching His disciples after cursing the fig tree, and the lesson was that, “whoever says…and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”In this Jesus explains what it means to have faith in God.
Faith is a force of the heart , it is first, believing in the integrity of God’s word. It is complete reliance and trust in God and His word. It is followed with a corresponding action in speaking, “we believe and we speak” (2 Cor. 4:13). The faith principle is in believing and speaking, however the God kind of faith has its roots in the Word of God. Hebrews 11:3 says, “by faith through the Word of God, the world was framed”. Likewise we can frame the world around us through the words that we speak.
Many people at the first glimpse of trouble begin to speak negativity, and it’s no wonder that things become a downward spiral from then. The words being spoken begin to frame the world of disaster. Faith is beyond positive thinking, but it is positive confession based on hope from God’s word. The words you speak are a determinant of your faith. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, His intention was to take them into the Promised Land of Canaan, but they fell short of this promises because of their unbelief. They constantly said they were going to die in the dessert, and they could not take on the giants in the land, they were grasshoppers etc. Full of negativity and unbelief, they spoke, and God eventually said, “just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you” (Num.14:28). They died in the dessert!
God in preparing Joshua to take on the Promised Land told him, meditate on the Law day and night, speak it always, and then you will see and understand what to do, and then you will succeed (Josh.1:8). What do you do at the first sight of trouble? If things are not looking too good around you, check the words you are speaking, are they life or death?
Scriptures to Meditate on: Prov. 13:2-3; 18:21; 21:23, Matt. 12:33-37, Num.13:30; 14:28