Tuning to God's Voice
There is the capacity in God to
speak to us through His Holy Spirit direct from Heaven. And there
is in us the capacity to hear through our spirit when He speaks.
For example, a room is filled with hundreds of sound signals
beamed out from radio and television stations. But we can't hear
them unless we turn on a radio or TV set. As soon as we tune the
set to the station, those sounds are transmitted into something
audible or visible. In the same way, we can "tune in" to God and
receive His signals, some of which are audible and visible!
1) Fasting - Sharpens Your Hearing.
One of the ways we can sharpen our receptivity to God's
signals is through fasting . This is like fine tuning a radio.
When Jesus taught His disciples about their need for growing
faith, He made clear (Matt 17:21) that prayer and fasting was
often a key to greater faith. Fasting is an aid
to increasing faith when our motive is to draw closer to God so we
can better hear the word of the Lord to us.
Fasting Needs Right Motivation.
The motivation in fasting, then, must be carefully weighed. When
God speaks, it's always an expression of His will. When we know
what He wants done, faith comes by hearing the word of God. This
is safe faith.
2. Faith Grows by Speaking
Safe faith is based on hearing, obedience and love.
We open our spirit to the voice of the Lord by having an
open, responsive heart to hear and to obey because we love Him
and He loves us. It is because of that love that faith works.
Otherwise, faith is stifled and ceases to grow.
Hearing, obeying and loving, then, are the
three central ingredients to the growth of faith. To these we now
add a fourth essential ingredient saying.
The Faith Of God :
In Mark 11:22 and 23, Jesus, teaching His disciples,
says: " ..have faith in God." The literal translation is: "Have the faith
of God. ...For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say
unto this mountain... " The implication here is that the faith of God is a faith that
speaks. In the first chapter of Genesis, God said: "Let
there be light: and there was light." God said "Let there be... " and there was! The faith of God is speaking
faith or saying faith.
Saying faith is a higher faith than asking faith.
It takes faith to ask, but there is a faith that goes beyond
asking to a faith that speaks. "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 saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." The
original Greek says: "Whosoever believes that those things which he says have already come to pass; he
shall have whatsoever he says."
3. Speak What God Says
The progression and growth of faith is related to what you say or
speak forth with the very words of your mouth. Solomon makes
it plain that what we say can curse us or bless us, and states IN PROVERBS 18:21 "Death and Life are in the
power of the tongue"
Examples Of Speaking Faith
We can see this principle of the positive confession of faith in
the biblical record of Abraham in Romans 4:17-22. God had
promised to make Abraham the father of many nations. Although
Abraham was close to 100 years old and beyond bringing forth a
progeny, he was not weak in faith, but was strong in faith,
giving glory to God."
This means he went about positively praising God for all the
things that He had promised him, confessing what God had said and
giving Him the glory. Abraham had heard God' s word; "and being
fully persuaded that what he had promised,
he was able also to perform.
He probably said, "Hallelujah! God's promised me a son and
I'm going to have a son. Even though I'm 100 years old and Sarah's
90, still I'm going to have a son. Glory to God!"
Because Abraham confessed the word of God instead of
circumstances, "...if was imputed to him for righteousness" (vs22).
4. Take Your Stand In
You, too, can today take a stand in faith by what you say and
speak in faith.
When you know God's will, you can call some things that "be
not" as though "they were." Ultimately, you can see them
fulfilled in your life.
If you accept God' s word to you, you can stand and confess
that word (like' Abraham) in the face of devils, opinions,
circumstances, and all manner of contrary things . God "...will stand behind his word to perform
it" (Jer 1:12). God is
waiting for you to get the word in your mouth and speak it
forth, believing it in your heart!