Hear Jesus' Sayings and Do Them!
"Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock." Luke 6:47-48 NJKV
In Mark 9, the disciples failed to heal a demon possessed boy. When the child was brought to Jesus, He commands the unclean spirit to leave the boy, and it does. Afterwards, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mark 9:28). Jesus said, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29.
I like to connect the words of Jesus from Luke 6:47-48 with Mark 9:29. Understanding how to mix God’s Word with faith is digging down to the solid rock where containing and expressing the Lord is not a strain or struggle; it is a flow of the Holy Spirit within us as our great helper. Prayer is talking to God, listening to God, enjoying His presence and speaking His Word with authority. I consider fasting as a life-style of practicing faith, building a spiritual reservoir of spiritual power that speaks God’s Word with boldness. Jesus did not pray for the young boy, He spoke to the unclean spirit (devil) and told him to leave (Mark 9:25).
Prayer is not simply sayings words, repeating formulas or getting things for ourselves, and hoping God will do something. When we understand the principles of prayer and incorporate them, dynamic power is released. It is essential to know how to use the correct form of prayer which is the proper use of words (Proverbs 25:11). By revelation and practice, praying becomes saying according to God’s Word. There is a big difference between asking God for help and speaking His Word with boldness. Make this a rule: Don’t ask God to do what He has already done. Speak words of faith into every circumstance. The promises we believe in God’s Word must come out of our mouth by the Spirit who lives in us. Without revelation and practice, the ‘what if’s’ of life will speak from the outside creating more of what we don’t want.
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit is always an inside job. Practice saying, “Thank you Holy Spirit for being the treasure and power in my life. By You, all things are possible, I have what I say, every need is met and every desire is fulfilled.” The promises of God are gifts to use, never earned nor deserved. They are provided, activated and fulfilled by our spoken words of faith.
There are many joy-robbers attempting to keep us from believing the promises of God; fear, doubt, lack, jealousy, unforgiveness, bitterness, unexpected negative surprises etc. Joy-robbers are illegal and are already defeated by Jesus. We have the choice of responding to joy-robbers in a positive way or a negative way.
Make a list of your joy-robbers based on John 10.10. In my world, everything that attempts to rob, kill or destroy is on my list. Look carefully at Romans 6:16. “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” (NLT)
Judgments of yourself, others, life or events. I call judgmental thoughts and spoken words hidden destroyers. What you critically judge in another, you are guilty of the same (Romans 2:1). This is a silent poison for all involved. Most people believe we have a right to judge, complain, be hurt, be offended or think our opinions are right. These attitudes are not scriptural. Learn to say no to wrong thoughts and yes to God’s Word at the same time. This takes time to get used to. For example: If you have the urge to judge yourself, someone else, an event or life, say no to it and say yes by responding according to Ephesians 4:29. “Let no corrupt word come out of your mouth, but only what is good for edification, that it may communicate grace to others.”
Practice saying no to joy-robbers the moment they come up because they will; this requires awareness. It is a personal revelation and a choice to practice living a life of peace, joy and love. “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.
Say so! Because of You, Lord Jesus Christ, I have Holy Spirit power to choose my attitude of peace and joy for every occasion. I receive Your provision with great thanksgiving. Amen!