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     We have started teaching on the subject of Confessing what the Word of God for the past few weeks. We also looked at the importance of getting our minds renewed to the Word of God.

     I. (Proverbs 23:7) “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he.”

              A. We need to see ourselves in light of the Word of God.

                        1. Whatever you’re thinking on is what is in your heart.

                                  a. And if it’s in your heart, it’s going to come out of your mouth.

                        2. Jesus us in (Matthew 12:34) “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

     II. Look at LUKE 17:5-6

              A. The KJV says, “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say...”

                                  b. But in the Greek it’s a little different.

                                           i. The Greek interlinear (along with the Wuest Translation and New American Standard Bible says, “If you had faith as a seed you would say

                                  c. The ASV says the same thing.  It’s worded like this, “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye would say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea; and it would obey you.

                                           i. Faith has a voice.

                                           i. Faith speaks and when it does the circumstance will change, it must obey you.

                        2. This did not say it would obey God, and it did not say that it would obey the H.S. It says that it would obey you.

                        3. Now notice that the apostles said, “Lord, Increase our faith,” “Lord, why don’t you just give us more faith? That’s what we need, we need more faith.”

                                  a. Jesus replied to that statement, “You don’t need more faith.

                                           i. All you need is a drop of faith, something that’s the size of a seed.

                                           ii. But Jesus was implying is that you need to understand how faith works.

                                  b. The main point that Jesus is trying to get across is that faith is released when you speak it.

                                           i. The very power that is contained in faith is released when you speak it, when you confess it.

                                  c. Look at MARK 11:23

                                           i. Notice Jesus’ teaching here. 1st He says “You have to say it.” “Speak to you mountain.”

                                           ii. Then he says “ You can’t doubt it, but your have to believe it.”

                                           iii. The 3rd thing that He says here is that after to speak, and believe it, it will come to pass. It will happen.

                                           iv. The power of faith is released when you speak it.

     III. In the book Numbers chapter 13. Moses sent 12 spies into the promise land to spy out the land, but only 2 spies came back with a good report, 10 came back with an evil report.

                        1. The people listened to the evil negative report of the 10 spies.

                                  a. The people began to murmur.

                        2. And because of that the Lord said in (NUMBERS 14:28-29) “As ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.” KJV

                                  a. The power that is contained in Faith is released when you speak the Word of God and believe it.

                                  b. But doubt and unbelief also has a power contained in it and it too is released by speaking it and believing it.

              B. We also have the story in the book of JOSHUA where the children of Israel came to the city of Jericho. Joshua told the people that they could not even say a word.

                        1. JOSHUA 6:10

                                  a. What was so important about the words that came out of their mouth?

                                  b. If the people would have been allowed to talk then I’m sure there would have been a lot of negative talking.

                                           i. The wrong confession, like how are we ever going to take this city, they are going to destroy us.

                                           ii. There had to be a stop to it before they would reap the fruit of their lips.

              C. In the book of (LUKE 1:13, 18-20) an angel appeared to Zacharias and told him that he was going to have a son.

                        1. Zacharias could not believe it. Because of it the angel said in (Luke 1:20) “And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”

                                  a. Because Zacharias did not believe, he would had spoken his unbelief.

                                           i. It would have come out of his heart.

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

                    1. We have to have this revelation for ourselves and you’ll begin to change Situations through the Word of God.

                                  b. Get that revelation for yourself and you’ll begin to change Situations through the Word of God.

          IV. HEB 11:1-3

                   A. We could word (HEB 11:3) this way, “We understand that it was through faith that t worlds were framed by the Word of God.”

                             1. That’s how God framed t worlds. It was through t Word: t spoken Word of God.

                                      a. God spoke t words which brought everything into existence.

                                      b. All things were made by words.

                             2. JOHN 1:1-3

                                      a. “Without him”, was not any thing made that was made. Who is t “him” that we’re talking about?

                                                i. It’s actually talking about t Lord Jesus Christ, who is t Word of God.

                                      b. Without t Word, nothing was made.

                                                i. In t beginning, all creation was made by t Word.

                                                ii. John said that t Word was God in (V 1), & God is all powerful.  If that’s true then t Word is all powerful to change your situation.

                   B. When you use t Word of God & quote it by faith to bring a situation under control, you will sometimes face religious people that will say, “You’re just trying to act like God.”

                             1. We’re not trying to be God. All we’re doing is to act t way God would want us to act in any given situation. (& be followers of Him.) EPH 5:1

                             2. Say what t Word of God says about t situation, regardless of what t circumstances say.

                                      a. That doesn’t mean ignore t circumstances.

                                      b. What I am saying is to do something about t circumstances.

                                                i. EXAMPLE: Car w/ a flat tire. You don’t ignore t flat, you fix it.

                                                ii. In t same way t Word of God will fix t situation that you’re in.

          II. Back in HEB 11:1 let’s just turn there.

                   A. It says that faith is t “substance” of things hoped for.

                             1. T word “substance” means “essence, assurance, confidence, confident, substance.”

                                      a. Faith is t substance what causes t things you’ve prayed for to manifest.   (Godly things)

                                      b. This V also tells us that “Faith is Confidence.”

                                                i. Faith is always confident that t Word of God is true & that t Word of God is bringing t answer.

                             2. I like to read (HEB 11:1) like this, “Faith is the substance of things.” (How did this pulpit come into existence? How did this Church come into existence? It was by the faith of God & with our faith, but look at ROM 12:3)

                   B. God did not see t world when He created t earth.

                             1. But God had faith in His Word that what He spoke out would come to pass.

                             2. He framed t worlds with His Words.

                                      a. You can’t build something without substance.

                                      b. Faith filled Words was t substance that was needed.

                             3. God never does anything without saying it 1st.

                                      a. Look at GEN 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26.

                                      b. Even in t Gospels Jesus did t same thing.

                                                i. MAR 5:34

                                                ii. LUKE 5:23-25

                                                iii JOHN 5:8

                                                iv. Jesus always spoke & said, “Be whole, or rise up & walk.” These were statements of His faith, confessions of His faith. He spoke these things before the person received there healing.

                                                v. It doesn’t only have to be God t Father or t Lord Jesus Christ to speak out t Word & see t action.

                                                          a. ACTS 3:6

                                      c. Faith filled words is a powerful spiritual force which will manifest in this natural realm.

                                                i. Begin to change your situation with your faith in His Word that you speak.

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                a. You may have heard people say, “Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”

                                          i. Nothing could be further from t truth.

                                          ii. Words can kill you.

                                 b. If you don’t know what you’re doing w/ words they can destroy you.

                                 c. PRO 11:3

                                          i. T word “PERVERSENESS” according to my Wilson’s O.T. word study, here means “smoothness, flattery, he that is turned in his tongue”

                                          ii. This V is telling us that those that have a turned tongue, those that speak contrary to t Word of God, those that speak out t negative—it will destroy them.

             B. You may have heard people say, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

                       1. There are some things that if you don’t know about them it could kill you.

                                 a. Jesus said in (JOSH 8:32) “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (KJV)

                                          i. I take that to mean that if you don’t know t truth you will be in bondage even death.

                                 b. (ISA 5:13) Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because {they have} no knowledge.

                                          i. (HOS 4:6) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

                                          ii. If you don’t have a knowledge of t Word of God you’re in trouble.

                       2. Look at PRO 18:21

                                 a. If you don’t have a knowledge of that you’re going to face t consequences of it.

                                 b. We’re talking about how to get our spoken words in line w/ t Word of God.

                                          i. God’s Word conceived in our heart, then formed w/ t tongue & spoken out of t mouth becomes a spiritual force which releases t ability of God.

                                          ii. Where do you conceive God’s Word?   In t human spirit or as t KJV says it “t heart.”

             C. You can also conceive & speak out other words.

                       1. If it’s t Devil that you’re quoting, you are releasing t power of t Devil. It’s that simple.

      II. ROM 10:17

             A. Hearing God’s Word causes you to have faith in God & in His Word to come to you.

                       1. Faith is t spiritual force which is released out of your mouth when we speak t Word of God.

                       2. That’s why Paul said in (PHI 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”{ (KJV)

                                 a. Paul understood that t Word conceived inside him & spoken out of his mouth would set t course of his whole life.

             B. Turn w/ me to JOSH 1:8.

                       1. Do you want to know how to make your way prosperous?

                                 a. 1st of all you have to do things God’s way.

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

                       2. God is telling you right here to be a doer of t Word & confess them.

                                 a. T words that you speak are more important to you than anyone else.

                                 b. There going to have more affect on you than any one else.

                                 c. T whole course of your life are changed according to your words.

      III. Sometimes people wonder why Jesus had so much faith.

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

                       1. So how did Jesus get so much faith?

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

                                 a. Look at JOHN 12:47-50

                                 b. Jesus spoke t 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. (KJV)

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

                                          iii. That’s t spiritual force that we’re talking about.

             B. There has been some medical research which has discovered that t part of your brain which controls your speech is connected to every nerve of your body.

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

                       2. T Word of God is more powerful in your life when you hear it spoken out of your mouth.

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

                                 b. MATT 12:34

                                          i. What you speak out is what you believe. It will affect you much more if you already believe it in your heart than if you hear something for t 1st time.

                                          ii. Sure some faith will come if you here me speak t 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 get highly developed in t God kind of Faith.

                                          ii. Put God’s Word in your mouth.

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Taken from CONFESS.DOC and CONFES.DOC 7/11/90 and CONFESA WED PM TFC & WOLCC 6/6/91 THURS. PM. WOLCC 3/13/94 SUN AM and Sun AM 3/20/94

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