But wait a minute, you say? How come I’ve tried to read God’s word or listen to a few preachers and it hasn’t worked. When adversity comes, it seems I always lose, or get by the skin of my teeth.
Well, this is a great question. Most people try to build a house during the time of adversity.
You can’t try to build your faith during a hurricane. You can’t build a house in winds of 100mph with rain and sleet. You must build on the rock so that when the storms of life come you don’t lose what you’ve built.
In other words, most people let everything in their heart but the daily bread of life. See what Proverbs 4 reveals here:
My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all theirb
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Are you keeping your heart with all vigilance? Did you see that? Out of your heart/ your inner man / your spirit flows the springs of life. The river of life is in your spirit, but most of us have blocked this river from flowing freely.
Let me ask you: How many movies could you name that you’ve watched in the last 12 months? How many TV shows do you watch regularly?
I’m not against TV shows or movies, as I watch some at times. However, you know very well that adversity is coming.
Are you prepared? Is your heart/inner man strong by comparison? How will handle adversity when (not if) it comes to your door?
Here’s what Paul has to say about that in his second letter to Timothy 2:
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
First, your job is to please your commanding officer who enlisted you. Jesus is the Commander in Chief in question.
Second, he also points out that no athlete is crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
What rules is Paul talking about? He was a Jew who knew the law, but then became a follower of Jesus.
Obviously, whether you’re an athlete or a soldier you have a set of rules to abide by to get ready to compete or go to war.
My question is are you preparing? If so, how well are you preparing?
Have you prepared to win or to simply pass?
Students sometimes study just to get a passing grade. But stellar students who become head of their class study to show themselves approved, as Paul refers in 2 Timothy 2:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,c
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Your goal is to win God’s approval by rightly handling the word of truth.
This, my friend, is my goal and should be yours too: rightly handling the word of truth – rightly dividing God’s word so we can see it in all its facets, so you can correctly teach it.
Let’s go back to Mark 4, and the process.
Why aren’t you receiving the end of your faith? Let’s see what Jesus said in Mark 4:
As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.
We’ve all been taught to sow, but few of us have learned to harvest. The word of God will make its way down into your spirit as long as you’re willing to crowd out everything else that’s trying to take place in your heart.
But once it’s in your heart, you have to release it once faith has come!
But how do I know I’m in faith?
See again what Jesus has to say in Mark 11 about this:
I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
Say what? You heard the man. He is explaining that you are in faith when there is no doubt in your heart.
Once you are in faith, then you can release your faith. Otherwise, you’re exercising in futility.
Your faith is like a muscle. You build it to sustain heavy weights. It can be built to sustain any kind of heavy weight, but you have to build it to that point.
Notice, once you reach that point there’s no doubt you can handle that kind of weight like a bodybuilder who has trained herself to do deadlifts.
Let’s see an example of someone who had that kind of faith in Romans 4:
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” d 19
Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
The words I want you to fix your eyes on are: “in hope believed,” “without weakening in his faith,” “he did not waver through unbelief,” “was strengthened in his faith,” and “fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
Do you see how fully convinced Abraham was of God’s word?
Until you have reached that place called “fully persuaded” you are not really in faith.
That’s why Jesus shares in Mark 4 that the man has “no doubt in his heart.”
You must scatter the seed until one day you will have no doubt that you have the answer – not even an inch of doubt or fear or unbelief in your heart. Peace is ruling your heart at that point.
Furthermore, here’s what Jesus said in Mark 11 about prayer when it comes to releasing your faith:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
So, when you declare what you want in prayer you don’t wait until you see it to believe it. You’re not a pagan waiting on God to do something that you’ll only believe when you see it.
The fact is you already possess the solution because faith is already manifested in your heart, and there’s no doubt. That’s why Jesus said “believe that you have received it.” This means if you’re already persuaded about it, there’s no need acting like it’s not already yours. Just like a kid rejoicing because you’re going to buy them a Christmas gift, but it’s still October. However, they’ve already received it and therefore can rejoice.
But why add verse 25? Because unforgiveness is a weed that can destroy your faith! You can’t walk in unforgiveness and expect to receive. You must forgive others otherwise it will dominate your heart and mind and make your faith null.
So, Jesus has prepared us and taught us how to sow the seed, and how to make sure our heart is good ground by not dwelling on those who’ve done us wrong but rather to forgive them.
When you plant the seed of God’s word in your heart, you have to keep the weeds out of your garden, lest they choke the word of God and prevent it from bearing fruit after its own kind.
Whatever is in your heart in abundance is what will be constantly bearing fruit. If you want to change the fruit, you must start by checking the root.
What is the root feeding on? The root gets its food from the soil. If you put God’s word in your heart and it starts growing, you must stay on the process until you reach “fully persuaded.”
Otherwise, you’re still in doubt, fear and unbelief. And you’ll know this because you can’t stand and speak to the problem you’re facing convincingly.
See how David confronted Goliath? Do you think he had any doubt in his heart that he was going to WIN against the giant? See 1 Samuel 17:
And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42
And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43
And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” 45
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47
and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
See what Goliath said to David after he approached him. But notice David’s words. Do you think he had any doubt he was going to kill Goliath? Notice David has no sword in his hand when he promised Goliath he was going to cut off his head, but look further along what happens:
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
Goliath is like your circumstances. Your job is to build your faith until you can stand against them and declare what is going to happen to them. When you have reached that point of being fully persuaded then when you open your mouth you will be releasing the power of the force of faith that has been built in you.
You will be just like David or Abraham in his conviction who could believe God’s word about Isaac.
Your job is two-fold then.
Sow the word in your heart consistently. As in find the promise of God that is yours for your situation – whether it’s standing for a healing or financial blessing, these being the two main issues we all face.
Release your faith – speak what’s in your heart convincingly once and for all when faith has finally fully manifested in your heart. That is, you have no more doubt, fear or unbelief in your heart.
Can you do that job? Yes, you can! But you have a decision to make.
Are you willing to crowd out the movie scenes, the worries, the double-talk, etc.?
Are you willing to hear the word preached or read the word daily so you can overcome?
I don’t want you to wait until you’re in trouble facing Goliath to try to set your faith. If so, you’ll flee just like the army of Israel did whenever Goliath came out because they were looking at how big the man was.
Debt, sickness, disease may have all but taken over your life. Your first job today is to start by checking where you’re walking in unforgiveness. That’s the biggest “baddest” weed that’s stopping your faith.
If you’re willing to forgive, then you can build your faith and release it once you are fully persuaded. Your job is not to pray that you’re fully persuaded, but to speak to the mountains just like David did.
But don’t go out speaking to the mountain and facing the Goliaths in your life until Faith is fully manifested in your heart, when you are FULLY PERSUADED!
I hope this teaching has helped remind you of the basics of walking by faith. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to click here and leave your prayers and I’ll get back to you with answers to your questions or pray in agreement with you and expect manifestation of God’s word in your life.
Pierre A. Laguerre
“Where Kings Come To Get Refreshed.”