It is my conviction that the Word of God contains the answers to every issue and every challenge that we could ever face. For this reason it is absolutely crucial for us as Christians to recognize the supernatural power that is contained within the Word whenever the Word is mixed with faith.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
Notice that last part: which also effectively works in you who believe. We must believe. We must mix the Word with faith.
Friends, I want to encourage you to treat the Word of God as God speaking to you directly right here and right now. The Word is always here and now. God talks to you, His beloved child, through His Word. If you are receptive, He will show you through His Word who you are in Him, who He has created you to be, and everything His grace has provided for you.
Let’s look at a practical example.
When we read in 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed,” we must allow this to become a personal revelation to us. He is talking to you and me, and He is saying that by the stripes of Jesus we were (past tense) healed. In other words, His grace has provided for our healing; our role is to claim this healing by faith. Grace makes available; faith takes posession.
Let us use the realm of our finances as another example. Here we might embrace the Word that tells us that God shall supply our every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) We give thanks that we have already been given all things that pertain unto our life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) We accept these as a present day truth, even if in the natural we cannot see it. We must say, “Lord, You say in Your Word that you supply my every need according to Your riches in glory. Jesus, I believe You. I trust You. Thank You that Your Word is true. Now show me, Lord, if there is anything I need to do in order to be receptive and available for Your provisions to manifest in my life.”
Faith is to be receptive and available. When we are receptive and available, the Holy Spirit will oftentimes inspire us to take some kind of action. This kind of action is what is called works of faith, it is acting on what we believe. This is what James is referring to when he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18)
Brothers and sisters, we must grow bold in our faith! Let us remember that the Word states in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” In other words, faith must become our lifestyle. Faith ought to be something we practice continually.
And how do we go about practicing faith continually?
The answer is that we must make a decision in our hearts. Not in our heads, but in our hearts. We purpose in our hearts that we will believe our heavenly Father. We simply take Him at His Word. His Word is true. We believe it, we confess it, and we act on it. And as we do so, we find that He will be there every step along the way, helping us and guiding us all the way through.
Father, I thank You today for Your Word. Thank You that I can take You at Your Word! Thank You that I can embrace Your Word as being directed to me personally, and that all of your promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen so that You may be glorified through me. Lord, help me to remember that You have already won the victory for me. And so when I am dealing with challenges and difficulties, I will not look to my own strength or effort, but I will look only to Your victory on the cross and to Your Word. Thank You, Lord, for victory in every area of my life! I claim this victory today by faith! In Jesus’ name, amen!
1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians 4:19; 2 Peter 1:3; James 2:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 12:3; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5