If you’ve been stuck with a problem and you just can’t seem to fix it, there may be a simple answer. Find out how to press the start button to everything you’re believing for, and walk in manifested victory!
Have you ever found yourself snared by a particularly persistent problem—stuck in some stubborn spot of trouble you just can’t seem to fix? You’ve done everything you know to do. You’ve focused on it, prayed about it, and scratched your head over it, but you still can’t figure out what’s behind it. You don’t know why it is like it is. It just is.
So, you call up your friends and talk about it. You describe the problem to one person and then another. Again and again, you say things like, “Man, this is bad, and nothing I do seems to help.” Maybe you even know better than to talk that way, but you’ve gotten so caught up in the negative flow of the circumstances and the world around you, you just open your mouth and let it rip. You release a torrent of unbelieving, ungodly confessions that actually perpetuate the lousy condition you’re so desperate to change.
The problem? As long as we keep calling things like they are, those things are never going to change.
What’s the answer? We must start calling things that are not as though they already are. Think of your words like pushing a start button. As you go about your day, you likely push a number of different start buttons to activate different processes and functions at work or in your home. You push a button to turn on your coffeepot, dishwasher, washing machine, computer and television. A start button sets in motion the process by which we receive the desired end result (i.e., coffee, clean dishes, a functioning computer).
The same is true in the spiritual realm when we speak words. We have a host of promises from God’s Word we can expect to see come to pass in our lives. But first we have to set our faith in motion by speaking and calling things the way we want them to be, not how they are.
You might say, “Oh, I’ve heard that again and again, and I do speak words of faith. It just doesn’t work for me.”
It just did.
You see, your words are a start button. When you push the button, it sets things in motion—either good or bad. When we speak words, all of heaven is waiting to hear what we will say so that our words can be acted upon. The devil has no rights to us except what we give him through our words. That’s why Jesus said, “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37, NKJV).
Here are four ways your words push the start button and set things in motion in your life—one way or the other.
1. Words Have Creative Power
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
Like it or not, this is a word-created, word-controlled universe. God established it that way from the very beginning. He made everything by calling “things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17, KJV). He set this whole system in motion by speaking into the darkness and saying, “Light be!” and light was (Genesis 1:3).
The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, makes it clear that we live under a word-activated system. It’s always been that way, and it always will be. We can’t change that fact. We can, however, choose the words under which we live. We can change our environment by what we say.
Jesus explained it this way in Matthew 12:34-37:
…whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.
Even in the natural world, you have to speak the result you want. Say you want to build a round building but you tell your builder you want a square one; what do you think you will get? Even though the desire of your heart might be to have a perfectly round building, YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU SAID. So it is in life: What you say with your mouth is what you are going to get—even though you might desire something else.
We live in a word-created, word-upheld universe. Amen. It’s pretty awesome, isn’t it? Words dominate our lives. It’s set. It cannot be changed, but we can change the words under which we live.
2. Words Determine What You’ll Have
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” –Mark 11:23 (NKJV)
Even when we know the truth about words, choosing right words is no easy feat. Jerry Savelle used to compare it to paddling upstream. Years ago, he talked about how the whole world is in a negative flow. It’s going the wrong way. If you just relax, you wind up drifting downstream with everyone else and end up sick, broke and eventually dead. So, you have to build yourself a spiritual canoe out of God’s Word. You have to grab your faith oars, get yourself turned around, and start rowing the other way.
Learn to Say This, Not That here.
Why is this so important? Because you will have what you say. That’s Mark 11:23 wrapped up in an easy-to-understand package that you would have to work to misunderstand. It’s what Word of Faith beliefs are based on—and it is spiritual truth.
Some people don’t want to believe it’s true because then they’d be responsible for what is going on in their own lives. Most people want to blame the devil or God’s will for the problems they face. Sure, we’ll face trials and persecutions, but if we’re supposed to be salt and light, we can’t be sick and broke all the time.
God has delegated authority here on earth to you. Your words have authority to create every time you speak, not just when you pray. If you speak positive results in prayer and negative results the rest of the time, your negative words will prevail.
Charles Capps said that the Lord told him this: “I have told My people that they can have what they say, and they are saying what they have.” Saying what you have has no power to change things.
THE KEY TO RECEIVING THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART IS TO MAKE THE WORDS OF YOUR MOUTH AGREE WITH WHAT YOU WANT!
Make everything you say agree with what God says. Be consistent in saying only faith words. Husbands and wives, help each other to train your mouth to speak only words of faith. When your husband corrects you and says, “That’s a bad confession,” don’t get aggravated.
Just say, “You’re right. In the Name of Jesus, I rebuke that bad confession, and I render it powerless to come to pass!” We have to help each other.
Speak whatever you desire to come to pass in the Name of Jesus. Take authority over the money you need, and command it to come to you. If you need healing, speak to your body. Command it to be healed in the Name of Jesus. Command it to function properly. Speak the result you want. Whatever you say will come to pass.
Now, you can’t change your talk by simply going to church one time a week. There is only one way you can achieve this and do so for the long term—by meditating on the Word of God day and night.
3. Words are Satan’s Way of Stealing from You
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” –James 1:6-7 (ESV)
We see in this verse two simple choices: You can waver, or you can receive. You cannot waver and receive at the same time. Knowing this, Satan has one tactic in mind—to get you to doubt. But, remember this—if Satan had any authority of his own, he would not have to depend on deception.
Satan has to trick you into saying what he wants to come to pass. With your words, you either resist or comply with Satan’s demands. With your words, you either resist or comply with God’s Word. You are in command. The decision is yours. Nobody else makes it for you.
The reason staying in the Word of God continually is so important is because Satan is just waiting to curse you. He wants to steal, kill and destroy all the promises of God before they ever reach you. But he can’t do it without your cooperation. You are the only one who can give him access to your promises—and you do this through your words.
So, the first step in defeating Satan’s attack against you is to make the decision that you are not going to allow him to change your confession of faith. A fearless confession comes from a Word-ruled mind. It’s a mind that knows the Word of God is true and never gives place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). That’s what it means to bring into captivity every thought.
Your mind is where you first have the choice of giving place to Satan or resisting him according to James 4:7 (AMPC),“So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
Whatever it takes to make you free, speak it out in the Name of Jesus and command it to come to pass. Speak the result that you desire. SATAN CAN ONLY DO WHAT YOU SAY. If you say, “FLEE!” he goes. If you agree with him against the Word of God, he stays.
4. Faith-Filled Words Change Your Circumstances
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” –Matthew 12:35
Many people hear the Word of faith and decide that they will change their circumstances by speaking faith-filled words according to Mark 11:23. What many don’t realize is that you can’t fill your words with faith out of your own determination. Words become faith words by hearing the Word of God. Then, by continually hearing and hearing and hearing the Word—faith comes, and faith remains.
If the world is distracting you from the Father, then most likely your “faith confessions” will be empty words. You are not going to experience resurrection power unless you set your affection on Him.
Whatever is in your heart in abundance is going to come out of your mouth. Matthew 12:35 says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.”
Listen to Kenneth Copeland teach more on how Faith-Filled Words Dominate:
It takes time to develop a new way of thinking, because you’ve been talking since you were 9 months old. Your parents taught you how to talk, so whatever they spoke and received, you have probably spoken and received—which can be good or bad.
Like one man said, “Grandma taught it, and we bought it.” Well, that explains generational curses. If your mom and dad taught you how to talk, which they learned from their parents, then their confession may have opened the door to the curse.
They may have said things like, “Now Jimmy, you take care of yourself, honey, because you know Hester men don’t live long.” That’s a generational curse! And if you keep saying the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same thing you’ve always gotten. That’s the definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
What does it mean to fill your words with faith? Well, to start with, it doesn’t include complaining and murmuring. When you do, it just takes you further into the hole you’re in. But if you speak faith, you speak the answer, and you’ll change your circumstances.
That’s the spirit of faith at work in our lives and it doesn’t quit.
When faith calls, God answers.
Remember the woman with the issue of blood? She had been going to doctors for years and was no better—instead, she was worse! But she believed in the power of Jesus. More importantly, she said, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed” (Mark 5:28). She came saying what she believed. That’s what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to say something—speak the answer about our life, our body, our finances.
When you believe God in spite of what you see, feel or hear, He moves on your behalf. He will never forsake you. When you call upon Him, He will answer.
It’s time to stop telling it like it is and start telling it like the Word of God says it should be. When you continually speak the Word of God in the face of adversity, you will change your circumstances! Refuse to let the devil or the world influence your words. Stand firm in your decision to only speak what you want to see come to pass in your life.
Push the start button on everything you’re believing for, and watch as faith sets things in motion for your benefit!
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