While watching a movie one night, the generator went off. It was at an interesting point in the movie so I pleaded with hubby to put it back on quickly. But that was not to be, as the fuse had gotten burnt (or something of the sort). Therefore, he was going to have to spend time fixing it. My children came downstairs and my son decided that he would lead us in praise and worship while we wait. So he started off and we sang and praised God. After about 10 minutes or thereabouts, he said it was time for worship. So, he led a worship song (He’s got the whole world in His hands LOL), after which he said “let us pray”. He led us in prayers and specifically prayed that the generator will be repaired and as soon as he was done and we said amen, the generator came on! Of course, we all cheered and hi-fived “Pastor D-boy” but the entire episode taught me an important lesson….
Totally unrelated to the story above you may say, but that singular action by my son in having so much faith in his prayers corroborated what God has been teaching me lately.
Recently I’ve had to revisit faith fundamentals. When you believe something in your heart, it flows out of your mouth. You invariably begin to speak about what you believe. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Believing without speaking is just hope. Hope is good because it gives you a picture of what you want and would like to see, but faith is what actually delivers that picture and translates it into reality. Anyone can have hope, that’s true. Many walk about hoping that tomorrow would be better. And as long as they keep hope alive (that’s a picture of a brighter tomorrow), hope may translate to that tomorrow they desire. But what separates us as believers from non-believers? It’s faith!
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) – Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen
Amplified version (AMP) – Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things HOPED for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Did you see HOPE in that scripture above? Faith gives wings to your hope. And for faith to work, you have to speak! Speak based on the word of God. Speak what you believe of that word, and keep speaking to make that hope a reality. This doesn’t take the place of works, but you have to realise that works can fail but faith doesn’t fail.
2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.
Open your mouth and confess what you want to see regarding that situation. But make sure your confession is based on God’s word and make sure you’re constantly speaking that word.
Remember, a closed mouth is a closed destiny.