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We’re going to continue our teaching where left off last time on “Faith and Confession.”

I) In (Romans 10:17) it says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

A) Hearing the Word of God causes the faith that you’ve already been given by God to grow and to be strengthened.

1) In (Romans 12:3) it says, that God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

a) So as you hear the Word of God it causes your faith to increase.

B) Turn with me to Luke 17:5-6.

1) In verse 5 the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith.

a) In verse 6, I thought it was interesting that Jesus never addressed the subject of their faith being increased.

(i) But by reading what took place here we can draw some conclusions.

b) By this time the disciples have been sitting under Jesus teaching for some time now. They’ve been hearing the Word of God.

(i) And faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.

(ii) They’ve been hearing the Word of God and so they must have had faith.

c) Because Jesus did not respond to their request of increasing their faith but went on to teach them, we can draw the conclusion that Jesus was saying, “More faith isn’t what you need but you need to understand HOW FAITH WORKS.”

2) In (verse 6) Jesus begins teaching them “How faith works.”

a) The 1st thing he says is, “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye MIGHT SAY...”

(i) The words “MIGHT SAY” in the Greek is “WOULD SAY.”

(ii) We’ve said this before, but Faith speaks.

b) When you’ve been sitting under the Word of God, faith comes and when it does faith will speak the Word of God.

(i) When confronted with a situation, the faith that is in your heart will cause you to speak out the Word of God.

3) Jesus went on to say in (Luke 17:6) that when you do speak out the Word of God which is motivated by faith in your heart the situation MUST CHANGE.

a) Again the King James translation says, “SHOULD OBEY YOU” but the literal Greek says, “WOULD OBEY YOU.”

C) Turn with me to JOSH 1:8.

1) If you want your situation to change, you have to do things God’s way.

2) The key is right here in (V 8), 1st of all don’t let His words depart from your mouth and do them.

3) God is telling you right here to be a doer of the Word and confess the Word.

a) The words that you speak are more important to you than what anyone else says.

b) The words that come out of your mouth will have more affect on you than the words that others speak over you.

D) (Isaiah 54:17) says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.”

1) We’ve said before, which is true, words are seeds.

a) But there much more than just seeds. Your tongue and the words you form with your tongue are ALSO A WEAPON.

b) In (Hebrews 4:12) it says, “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than the two-edged sword.” (Good or bad)

(i) The Word of God is likened to a two edged sword which is a weapon.

(ii) In (Ephesians 6:17) the Word of God is referred to as “The Sword of the Spirit.” (The Word of God brings godly results.)

c) James said in (James 3:8) that the tongue can be an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

(i) Deadly poison is a weapon.

(ii) James went on to say in the very next verse, (James 3:9) that the tongue can either bless or curse.

(iii) (Proverbs 18:21) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

2) Turn with me to Proverbs 15:4.

a) I found some really interesting things in this verse. 1st of all the Word “WHOLESOME” in this verse means, “HEALTH, HEALING or REMEDY.”

(i) Words of health, healing or remedy are a tree of life. Why? Because there’s power in words.

(ii) Speaking forth the Word of God will bring the answer in a person’s life.

b) The word “PERVERSENESS” in this verse refers to DECEITFUL WORDS OR EVIL AND NEGATIVE WORDS.

c) And lastly the word “BREACH” found here is almost always translated “DESTRUCTION.”

(i) Evil words are destruction in the spirit.

E) Going back to Isaiah 54:17. (Read).

1) The 1st thing he says is that “No weapon formed against you will prosper.”

2) But in this same verse he says that every tongue that shall rise up against you in JUDGMENT THOU SHALT CONDEMN.

a) The Word “JUDGMENT” here refers to NEGATIVE WORDS SPOKEN OVER YOU, referring to WHAT THEY THINK YOU SHOULD GET.

3) He then says we are to “CONDEMN” those words.

a) The NJB says, “REFUTE.”

b) We need to take authority over the words that are spoken over us, by rebuking those words and commanding every one of those words to fall to the ground.

(i) And by speaking the Word of God over you, your family, your job and whatever else you’re involved in.

c) The whole course of your life is changed according to your words.

II) Sometimes people wonder why Jesus had so much faith.

A) It wasn’t because He was the Son of God. He set aside all His deity when He became a man.

B) So how did Jesus get so much faith?

1) Again (ROM 10:17) Says, “So then faith {cometh} by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

2) Look at JOHN 12:47-50.

a) The Father spoke the Word to Jesus and Jesus spoke the words of His Father. When He did, it caused faith to come inside of Him.

(i) (ROM 10:17) So then faith {cometh} by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(ii) Faith that is in God’s Word gets into your spirit when you speak it or when you hear it.

(iii) That’s the spiritual force that we’re talking about.

C) I remember hearing something or reading something a while back that said, “Medical research has discovered that the part of your brain that controls your speech is connected to every nerve of your body.”

1) What you speak about yourself can affect your health.

a) The Word of God is more powerful in your life when you hear it spoken out of your mouth.

b) Words will affect you more when they are spoken out of your mouth.

2) Again (Matthew 12:34) says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

a) What you speak out is what you believe.

b) And it will affect you much more if you speak out from your heart what you believe than just mimicking what you hear someone else say.

(i) Sure some faith will come if you here me preach the Word, but even more will come if you speak it out of your mouth.

c) That’s why God told Joshua in (JOSH 1:8), “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth.”

(i) If you went around speaking everything God said, you would be highly developed in the God kind of Faith.

III) REV 12:11.

A) 1 of the commentaries that I was reading said that the definition of the word, “WORDin this V meansTHE SAYINGS OF GOD.”

1) We overcome Satan by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB and THE SAYINGS OF GOD or by SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD.

B) I like how the Matthew Henry Commentary puts it.

1) It says that “The servant’s of God overcame Satan, By the blood of the lamb, and By the word of their testimony, which is the sword of the Spirit, that is the WORD of GOD, and it is mighty, through God, to pull down strongholds.”

a) This V says that it was “Their testimony.”

C) When I looked at the definition of the word “TESTIMONY” in (Revelation 12:11) I found something very interesting.

1) The Enhanced Strong’s Concordance says that the Word “TESTIMONY” means, “What one testifies or says.”

2) But the main definition of the word “TESTIMONY” is this; “The office committed to the prophets of TESTIFYING CONCERNING FUTURE EVENTS.”

a) I like that part which says, “TESTIFYING CONCERNING FUTURE EVENTS.”

b) When we confess God’s Word we are testifying of what will be or future events.

c) For instance if I was to confess, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

(i) In essence what I was saying is this, “I have a need right now, but according to the Word of God, all my needs are met. But this is what has taken place in the spirit. But as I confess God’s Word I will see it manifest IN THE FUTURE.”

(ii) That’s exactly what the word “TESTIMONY” means in (Revelation 12:11).

d) It was through their use of the Word of God that gave them the victory, along with the blood of Jesus.

(i) Put God’s Word in your mouth.

7/25/90 WED PM TFC and WOLCC 3/27/96 and WOLCC 11/10/96 Sun AM and W. O. L. C. C. Thursday, October 01, 1998. Thursday, October 15, 1998. I skipped a few weeks before I preached this message and so it was preached on Thursday, November 05, 1998.

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