Activating Faith

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith (active) is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, and the evidence (confidence) of things not seen.”  Parenthesis are mine to help define.  Mark 11:22 says, “…have faith in God.”  Faith is a spiritual reality not a “name it and claim it” futile exercise.

2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  Faith declarations strengthen our faith and give it substance.  We believe the testimony of God’s word and live in agreement with it.

Psalm 119:2 says, “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!”  Verse 15 says, “I will mediate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.”  Precepts: something appointed or authorized by God.  Contemplate: look into.  Verse 24 says, “Your testimonies are my delight and my counselors.”

Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him (accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…”  Jesus blocked satan’s temptations by saying, “It is written” which totally thwarted the enemy.  Our faith declarations keep us standing in the authority of God’s word.  They become part of our shield of faith to quench his fiery dart lies.

Faith declarations bring our thoughts into a living expression of God’s word.  Each time we say them, we are bringing a greater realization to our heart.  We are literally bringing reality into our hearts from His truth that never changes.  Luke 4:4 Amplified says, “…Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.”

Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (mind, will, emotions); the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”  We glorify the Lord when we make His word our own.  That is activating faith.  It brings His living word into our heart which transforms our mind.  We say it, believe it, stand in it, and walk in the reality of it.

I’m always changing my faith declaration cards.  I take the word-revelations He gives me in my quiet time and make them my own.  Here is one of my latest from Hebrews 5:14 which says, “…having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”  I declare this truth as my reality so that it literally guides my decisions and actions throughout my day.  Here it is: my senses are being exercised so I can keenly discern temptations that would pull me off course.

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