Life happens to all of us. Even though I’ve been a Christian for many years, recently I found myself in a place spiritually where I couldn’t seem to get on top of things. Circumstances were weighing me down causing me to wear my emotions on my sleeve. I was not being very effective because I had lost some of my joy and energy. My focus was on what I could see.
I’m so thankful to God for His word because he used it to bring me into a better place. A few days ago I was reading in II Corinthians and was reading a passage I am very familiar with, but God used it to grab my attention. II Corinthians 4:13 says, “I believed, therefore I spoke. We also believe, therefore we also speak.” As I continued reading into the next chapter I read, “We walk by faith and not my sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7)
God used these verses to speak directly to my heart. He asked me, “What are you speaking? Are you speaking what you believe or what you can see? Are you walking by faith or by sight?” I realized I was speaking what I COULD see rather than what I WANTED to see. I was walking by sight rather than by faith.
Even though I have been a part of “Word of Faith” churches for many years and have attended two Bible schools, I had allowed circumstances to weigh me down as I got my eyes on the temporal rather than the eternal truth of God’s Word. Everything we see is temporal and is subject to change. We must rest our faith on the unchanging truth of God’s word.
In the parable of the sower and seed in Matthew 13:18-23, Jesus said the cares and worries of this life can choke the word and cause it to be unfruitful. Even though I am full of the Word and a Bible teacher, I had allowed the cares of this life to stuff the Word down in my life causing me to focus on the negative circumstances and problems. God showed me it was my decision to stay down or get back up. My spirit began to rise up and it pushed the worries and cares away. I got back up! I have made a conscious decision to begin to believe and speak His Word regardless of what things look like.
Mark 11:23 says, ‘Whoever SAYS to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not DOUBT in his heart, but BELIEVES that what he SAYS is going to happen, it SHALL be granted him.” We will speak what we believe. Do we believe our circumstances that go contrary to the Word or do we believe the unchanging, never failing Word of the Living God? We believe and therefore we speak! Speak faith!