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"Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace" -Romans 4:16

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17

So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Galatians 3:9 BLB

God created the universe by his spoken word so, "that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen."
Hebrews 11:3

Believers are to be imitators of God. God calls those things which be not as though they were.
Ephesians 5:1 Romans 4:17

Most faith failures are not caused by the lack of faith, but doubt and unbelief.
Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:23, Matthew 17:20

A believer should frame, form, and create their world by the spoken Word of God. A believer's world should not be formed by "things that can be seen" but by the invisible things of God.
Hebrews 11:3

In Romans 10:10, the word confession is the Greek word Oμολογεω homologeo. Homologeo means according to Thayer's Lexicon "to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent". The believer is to say the same thing that the Bible says.
Oμολογεω homologeo

When faith is produced in the heart, then the mouth will speak. Faith has something to say.
Romans 10:10 2 Corinthians 4:13

Jesus said, "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks"
Matthew 12:34.

Faith doesn't come to you by having once heard the Word of God.

Remember faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Are you speaking to yourself the Word of God?
Romans 10:17

Your answer in prayer is as close to you, as your confession of God's Word.

Jesus Christ said anyone who believes in him will do the same works that he did and even greater works, because he was going to the Father.
John 14:12

If you are not saying the same things that Jesus said, don't expect to do the same works that Jesus did.

The scriptures states that, "as he is, so are we in this world" [1 John 4:17]. What actions or works was Jesus doing throughout the Gospels?
Matthew 4:23

Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

After he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise
Hebrews 6:15

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Faith, Confidence, and Believing


Faith of God

In the King James Version of the Bible it reads, "Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God"
[Mark 11:22]. The original Greek does not say "have faith IN God" but "have faith God" [echo pistis theos]. The Greek word pistis is translated as the English word faith. Jesus is not exhorting the disciples to have faith in God, but to have the same type of faith that God uses. Jesus is talking about the faith OF God.

Do you realize that God has faith or confidence in his own spoken word. God created the universe by his spoken word so, "that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen" [Hebrews 11:3]. The scriptures states that the worlds were framed by the Word of God [Hebrews 11:3]. The universe that we now see did not come from anything that was visible. A believer's world should not be formed by "things that can be seen" but by the invisible things of God.

Do you have the God-like faith? Do you have the Faith of God? Do you possess the type of faith that God possesses? The God like faith will frame its environment by the Word of God [Psalms 33:6, 9, Genesis 1:3]. This faith is demonstrated by confessing what God says about the situation, event, or environment. A believer should frame, form, and create their world by the spoken Word of God.

Faith is not a suggestion, a good feeling, or a wish. In Romans 3:27, the Apostle Paul refers to faith as the "law of faith". In science a physical law is something that is constant and universal, such as Newton's law of universal gravitation. Physical laws of science are considered universal and invariable facts. Paul calls faith a law. Faith is a spiritual law that always works if you stay within the parameters of the Word of God.

Faith needs a mouth and a heart. Paul states in Romans 10:9-10, that you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead for saving faith. Note that Paul states to confess and believe. Many so called believers say they believe but they never confess the Word of God. Or if they open their mouths to speak it isn't the Word of God. Confession is always the first step in the law of faith. Confessing demonstrates an understanding of God's word.

In Mark 11, Jesus isn't teaching the disciples to trust God in difficult circumstances. He is teaching them how to operate in the principles of faith.

He tells them in Mark 11:23, whosoever shall say,unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses [Mark 11:22-24].

In the passages above Jesus first talks about speaking then praying. There is a difference in speaking and praying. In prayer you ask or speak to God, then you "believe that you receive". Prayer is about your relationship with God. Prayer is about receiving your New Covenant provisions that Jesus has provided. Speaking is about faith and the believer's authority in Jesus Christ.

Jesus gives instruction and demonstration to believers on how to speak to a mountain [Matthew 17:20-21], a sycamine tree [Luke 17:6], a fig tree [Matthew 21:21], and a great storm [Mark 4:39, Luke 8:25, Matthew 8:26-27]. Many believers are praying to God when they need to speak. God doesn't want you to ask Him to speak to things that you need to speak to. In fact, God will not do for you what you should be doing for yourself. When faith is produced in the heart, then the mouth will speak. Faith has something to say [ 2 Corinthians 4:13, Romans 10:10].

For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure' [Isaiah 46:9-10].

Believers are to be imitators of God [Ephesians 5:1]. God declares the "end from the beginning" [Isaiah 46:10]. The faith that God uses will "call those things which be not as though they were" [Romans 4:17]. The God like faith will "brings into existence what didn't exist before" [Romans 4:17]. Believers look on "the things which are not seen", because everything that can be seen is subject to change [2 Corinthians 4:18]. Do you obey the command that Jesus gave in Mark 11:22, to have the faith of God?

You will need faith to obtain a good report from God [Hebrews 11:2]. The bible says that the ten spies brought up an "evil report" about the promise land [Numbers 13:32]. The ten gave an evil report by saying, we can't do what God has instructed us to do [Numbers 13:30, Numbers 14:9-10]. The question is what report are you going to believe, the evil or the good report [Isaiah 53:1, Romans 10:16]? Are we going to believe what God says about the situation or we going to believe what we can see with our eyes?

Confessions of Faith

There are several things that Jesus instructs believers to believe [pisteuō- think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence] IN:

  1. A believer should believe that those things which they says shall come to pass [Mark 11:23].
  2. "When ye pray, believe that ye receive" [Mark 11:24].
  3. "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive" [Matthew 21:22].
  4. "Be not afraid, only believe" [Mark 5:36].
  5. "Fear not, believe only [pisteuo monon], and she shall be made whole [Luke 8:50].
  6. "If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes" [Mark 9:23].
  7. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues" [Mark 16:17].

Lord Jesus, I will obey your command in Mark 11:22, and have the same type of faith that the Godhead possesses [echo pistis theos]. I realize that the original Greek did not say "have faith in God" but "have faith God". I will have the God-like [creative] faith that frames my world by the Word of God. So that things which are seen are made of things which do not appear; or things we now see did not come from anything that can be seen [Hebrews 11:3]. I will have the God-like faith that "calls those things which be not as though they were" [Romans 4:17].

I will be the "speaking living soul" that I was created to be [Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:19, Genesis 9:6]. I will fulfill God's command to me to be fruitful, multiply, replenish [fill] the earth, subdue it, and have dominion [Genesis 1:28]. I am a living soul and a living spirit because of Jesus Christ, the last Adam [1 Corinthians 15:45]. "I believed, therefore have I spoken" [Psalms 116:10]. I having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken. I also believe, and therefore speak [2 Corinthians 4:13].

My heart overflows with faith and my mouth speaks faith [Matthew 12:34]. My mouth speaks the overflow and blessings of God. Jesus said by my words I will be justified and by my words I will be condemned [Matthew 12:34-37]. I bring a good treasure of faith from my heart [Matthew 12:35]. I don't allow my mouth to utter idle [argos] lazy, free from labor, nonproductive, not working, at leisure words. My words are the working, productive Word of God. My mouth is filled with "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" [Ephesians 6:17].

Jesus will find faith in my life when he returns [Luke 18:8]. I obtain a "good report" by my faith. God is pleased with me because I have faith in Him and His Word [Hebrews 11:2, 6]. I have confidence in God and His Word. I know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I want God to be pleased with me so I choose to believe [pisteuō], think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in His Word [Hebrews 11:6].

I have the righteousness which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith [Philippians 3:9 ]. I am justified by faith, I have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:28, Galatians 3:24]. I live by the supernatural Law of Faith [Romans 3:27]. I live by my faith [Habakkuk 2:4 and Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11]. I walk by faith [2 Corinthians 5:7]. I stand by faith [2 Corinthians 1:24, Romans 5:2, 1 Corinthians 2:5]. I live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God [Matthew 4:4]. The Truth of God's Word supersedes facts. I am not moved by my emotions; what I feel, what I think, or what I see. I am moved by the Word of God [Smith Wigglesworth].

I see by faith [Hebrews 11:1]. I refuse to walk by human sight but by faith [2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 8:24-25]. I refuse to look or focus on what can be seen, the visible, the temporal, or the temporary things of this world, for they are passing away [2 Corinthians 4:18]. I focus on the unseen things that are eternal [Hebrews 11:3, Hebrews 11:13].

I am an imitator of God [Ephesians 5:1]. I declare the end from the beginning according to God's Word [Isaiah 46:10]. I walk in the steps of the faith of faithful Abraham [Romans 4:12, Galatians 3:9]. I have the God-like faith that "calls those things which be not as though they were" [Romans 4:17]. I am not weak in faith. I do not consider my self or others in receiving the promises of God [Romans 4:19]. I do not stagger [waver] at the promises of God through unbelief [Romans 4:20]. I am strong in faith giving glory to God [Romans 4:20].

I hope [elpis], because faith is the substances of things hoped for [Hebrews 11:1, Romans 8:24-25]. My faith is the substance [hupostasis], the substructure, the foundation of things I hope for [Hebrews 11:1]. I have a joyful and confident expectation in God and His Word. When things are against my hope, I will continue to have a joyful confident expectation [hope-elpis] in God that I might become what God says about me [Romans 4:18].

In Romans 10:10, the word confession is the Greek word Oμολογεω [homologeo-Romans 10:9]. Homologeo means according to Thayer's Lexicon "to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent". I will confess what God's Word says about my situation. I will only say what God's Word says about my situation.

The believer is to say the same thing that the Bible says. If you are not saying the same things that Jesus said, don't expect to do the same works that Jesus did [John 14:12].

Argos, Energeō, and Menō

But I say unto you, That every idle [argos] word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned [Matthew 12:36-37].

Jesus said that every one would give account for every idle [argos] words in the day of judgment. If we are going to give an account for every idle word we utter, then we need to know what "idle" words are. Many new translations of the bible such as New International Version translates the Greek word "argos" as "careless" [Matthew 12:36]. Carelessness is defined as "marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness" or "Taking insufficient care; negligent." This gives the impression that we are going to be judged for every careless word we utter. But if you look at the original Greek word "argos" that was translated as "idle" in the King James Version we will have a better understanding. Thayer defines argos as, free from labor, at leisure, lazy, shunning the labor which one ought to perform. Vine's Expository Dictionary of Greek Words, defines argos as, "idle, barren, yielding no return, because of inactivity." Idle is define in the English language as "not working or active" or "a lack of motion and/or energy." You really can't say we are going to give an account to God for every careless words, but every inactive words that yields no return. We are going to give an account for every, free from labor, nonproductive word, or nonoperative word we speak. We also will give account when we fail to speak the working, operative, full of energy Words of God about our situations in life [Nature of God and His Word].

Jesus said, "He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit" [John 15:5]. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you [John 15:7]. We abide in Jesus and bear much fruit by abiding in His Words. The Greek word for the English word "abide" is [menō]. Thayer defines menō, as "to remain, abide, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept continually". We can ask what we want if God's Words remain, abide, held, continue to be present in our mouths. Words are very important. Jesus said the words he spoke to people were "spirit and life" [John 6:63]. What we say about people and situations are very important.

James 5:16 reads in the King James Version of the bible reads as, "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". English speaking people define fervent as "having or displaying a passionate intensity" or "exhibiting great intensity of feeling". The Greek word for the English translation of "effectual fervent" in James 5:16 is [energeō]. Thayer defines energeō as to be operative, be at work, put forth power. It isn't a person displaying great passion or intensity of feelings that prevails greatly [View Vine's entry of ischyō]. But the righteous person, speaking with confidence, the working, powerful Words of God that prevails greatly. It is the speaking of God's Word that prevails greatly.

Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it [Jeremiah 1:12, AMP]. So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it [Isaiah 55:11, Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:17-18, 1 Peter 1:25, The Nature of God's Word]

Elijah knew how to make his spoken words to be operative, at work, and puting forth power. He was righteous with God by placing faith in and keeping the Law of Moses. He also knew his covenant rights with God under the Law of Moses. He knew what God said about "rain" [Deuteronomy 11:16-17]. Elijah didn't pray argos, idle, at leisure, free from labor, lazy, shunning the labor which one ought to perform, or non-productive words to God [Matthew 12:36]. He prayed what God said about the situation. He spoke what God said about the situation. Elijah spoke with faith and confidence to Ahab. He said to Ahab, that it wasn't going to rain or dew and it didn't rain or dew for three years.

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word [1 King 17:1, Luke 4:25]. Elias (Elijah) was a man "subject to like passions" ("of like feelings or affections"-Vine's) as we are, and he "prayed earnestly" (and with prayer he did pray-YLT) that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit [James 5:17, YLT].

Elijah knew how to receive in faith when he asked God in prayer [Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24]. Elijah knew how to speak in faith. Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain [1 King 18:41]. Elisha also knew how to speak God's Word and not to pray to God about the problem. "If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty" [2 Kings 1:10].

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them [Mark 11:23, Matthew 21:21, Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:6].

Many people have difficulty with the passages above. They focus more on mountains, fig trees, sycamore trees, and winds and waves; and forget what Jesus is teaching. Jesus is teaching several principles. You must speak to your mountain or problem to move out of your life, body, marriage, or family. If you need to do the impossible you must say what you want to come to pass and doubt not [Matthew 17:20]. You must say according to God's Word what you want to come to pass and be in your future. If you desire something according to your New Covenant with God; pray, believe, and receive.

Jesus Christ has given to the believer all the spiritual instructions to operate like the great prophets in the Old Testament. In the above passages of scripture, Jesus is teaching the disciples basic Kingdom of God principles. The disciples were struggling to learn the basic concepts of prayer [Luke 11:1]. Jesus wanted them to learn how to receive in faith when they prayed. He instructed them to speak in faith to any obstacle or problem that was keeping them from receiving.

Many believers are praying to God when they need to speak. God doesn't want you to ask Him to speak to things, that the believer needs to speak to. In fact, God will not do for you what you should be doing for yourself. When faith is produced in the heart, then the mouth will speak [Romans 10:10]. Faith has something to say [ 2 Corinthians 4:13, Psalms 116:10].

For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure" [Isaiah 46:9-10].

Believers are to be imitators of God [Ephesians 5:1]. God declares the "end from the beginning" [Isaiah 46:10]. The faith that God uses will "call those things which be not as though they were" [Romans 4:17]. The God like faith will "brings into existence what didn't exist before" [Romans 4:17]. Believers look on "the things which are not seen", because everything that can be seen is subject to change [2 Corinthians 4:18]. Do you obey the command that Jesus gave in Mark 11:22, to have the faith of God?

Confession

I will speak the life giving, spiritual words of Jesus [John 6:63]. My tongue will speaks life and not death [Proverbs 18:21]. I will sow to the Spirit and shall of the Spirit reap life [Galatians 6:8]. I will confess [homologeo-Romans 10:9] what God says about my situation. My words are the working, productive [energeō] Word of God [James 5:16]. Jesus said by my words, I will be justified and by my words I will be condemned. I will not allow my mouth to utter idle [argos] lazy, free from labor, not working words. I will use the Word of God with my mouth. My heart overflows with faith and my mouth speaks faith [Matthew 12:34-37].

I will speak to the mountain and direct it to be removed [Mark 11:23]. I will speak to the mountain before the mountain speaks to me. I will use the God-like faith that speaks to the mountain to be removed, because faith has something to say [2 Corinthians 4:13]. I refuse to be faithless or doubt and talk about the mountain [Authority and The Whosoever Clause, Faith Confessions, What Will You Do With the Mountain?, Wind and Waves].


Wind and Waves

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm [Mark 4:39]. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him [Luke 8:25]. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm [Matthew 8:26-27]. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" [John 14:12].
  1. I can rebuke the wind and say unto the sea, "Peace, be still"; because I do the same works that Jesus did [Mark 4:39, John 14:12]. I will rebuke the wind that is producing a storm in my life. I will say, "Peace, be still" to my environment.
  2. Jesus will not find me faithless or fearful. I will rebuke the winds and and speak to the waves in my live.
  3. Jesus promises me that if I have one grain of pure faith [no mixture of doubt and unbelief], they will obey me [Luke 17:6].
  4. The winds and the water obey me because they obeyed Jesus.

"As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe [Mark 5:36]. Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes [Mark 9:23]. Nothing is impossible to me because I possess one grain of pure faith in God's Word" [Matthew 17:6].

My words are the working, productive Word of God. I use the Word of God with my mouth. My heart overflows with faith and my mouth speaks faith [Matthew 12:34]. I bring a good treasure of faith from my heart [Matthew 12:35]. Jesus will find faith in my life when he returns [Luke 18:8].