Faith is designed by God to change things. So let me ask you: What has your faith been changing lately?
For those of us who consider ourselves WORD people, that’s a very important question. And if we truly believe God’s WORD, we’ll always have an answer. We’ll have stories to tell about how faith is moving mountains in our lives. We’ll have testimonies to share about how God is pouring out His BLESSING, not only upon us but through us in wonderful ways.
If we don’t have any such things to report, it’s an indication we need a faith adjustment. Something is out of line. For one reason or another, our faith isn’t doing what God created it to do.
I began to understand this many years ago when I was on Oral Roberts’ ministry team and a man who’d been struggling with sickness asked Brother Roberts about it. “I just don’t understand this,” he said. “I can’t get my healing and I haven’t been able to figure out why. I know I’ve got faith. In fact, I’ve got all kinds of faith.”
“That’s the problem,” Brother Roberts replied. “You’ve still ‘got’ your faith. You need to release it so it can go to work and get the job done.”
In those days I was still spiritually wet behind the ears. I didn’t know much about faith at all. But the more I studied the Bible, the more I realized what Brother Roberts said is true: Faith, as powerful as it is, won’t accomplish anything as long as it’s just sitting inside us. For it to change things, we have to activate it and send it out on assignment. We have to release it.
“But Brother Copeland,” someone might say, “I don’t think I can do that. I’m not like the man who talked to Brother Roberts. I don’t have all kinds of faith. In fact, I don’t think I have any faith at all!”
Are you a Christian?
“Well, yes, I’m a Christian all right. I’ve received Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior.”
Then you have faith because faith is a “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22). Spiritual fruit, just like natural fruit, comes from a seed. It’s a product of the seed of God’s WORD which is the seed of your new birth. As 1 Peter 1:23 says, you’ve been born again, “not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The seed of God’s WORD has the fruit of God’s own faith in it. If it were corruptible seed, you might not have gotten as much of that faith as He has. You might have come up short in some way. But God’s WORD is incorruptible seed. It reproduces itself perfectly every time, which means your faith is of the highest quality. It’s the faith of God Himself.
In other words, you have the same faith Jesus has. It’s alive in your spirit right now and it’s there to bring to pass in your life what He promised in John 14:12: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
The Right Spiritual Mix
“But if I have such high-quality faith,” you might say, “why isn’t it changing things for me like it did for Jesus? How come I seem to be stuck?”
Maybe you have the same problem the Israelites did in the Old Testament. They got stuck in the wilderness for 40 years because they didn’t put together the right spiritual mix. As Hebrews 4:2 says, “The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Mixing faith and The WORD is vitally important because it’s the two of them working together that produces results. The best way I know to describe the process is by comparing it to the digestive system of the physical body. When you chew and swallow a bite of food, gastric juices are released in your stomach. The food mixes with those juices and becomes nourishment which results in physical strength.
Spiritually, much the same thing happens when you feed on The WORD of God. First you take a bite of it, so to speak, by reading it or hearing it preached. Then you chew (or meditate) on it, and ultimately you swallow (or believe) it. In this way, you mix The WORD with the force of faith that’s already been deposited in your spirit. As a result, spiritual strength is produced.
It doesn’t matter if you were raised going to Believers’ Conventions and you’ve heard about faith since you were a little child, you have to continually feed your faith for it to work. A low WORD level makes faith feeble; and feeble faith has trouble believing.
This is where a lot of believers make a mistake. They let their WORD level slip. They start eating the wrong kind of spiritual food. Instead of mixing their faith with God’s WORD, they mix it with something else. They get their attention on money, for example, and start thinking, If I could just get enough money, it would change my life. Or they put their faith in people and think, They’re going to fix this problem for me.
That kind of thinking falls flat. It doesn’t really change things because it’s based on the wrong stuff. Money is a bad god. People are a bad god. They don’t have the power to do what God can do.
Only He can “supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Only He can guarantee that when you seek Him first, and His righteousness, “all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). That’s why His WORD is the only thing that will activate your faith.
When you put your attention on that WORD and start the mixing process, something powerful happens inside you. Your faith, which has been idling in your spirit, gets revved up and ready to go into action. Then, all you have to do is release it and let it go to work.
You can see an example of this in the New Testament account about the woman with an issue of blood. She heard the Word about Jesus, mixed it with faith, and then released it by “saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health” (Matthew 9:21, The Amplified Bible).
Sure enough, what she said came to pass. When she pressed through the crowd to Jesus and touched the hem of His garment, “Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour” (verse 22).
“Yeah, but Brother Copeland, that was Jesus!”
I know it. But He’s not the one who activated the miracle-working power in this situation. It was the woman’s faith that got the job done. Jesus said so Himself.
Don’t Get Scared of the Storm
Of course, not everyone in the Gospels who came to Jesus mixed their faith with The WORD and released it like that woman did. Sometimes even Jesus’ own disciples mixed their faith with something else and got things in a mess. Take, for instance, the time they were sailing with Jesus across the Sea of Galilee. Right in the middle of the trip, “Behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 8:24-26).
Considering how much of God’s WORD the disciples had heard, it seems strange they had such “little faith.” They followed Jesus everywhere He went. They were hearing everything He preached. They’d most certainly heard Him when He said, “Let’s go to the other side of the sea.”
Since Jesus only said what He heard His Father say, that command was as much God’s WORD as everything else He said. The disciples could have chosen to mix faith with it. But on this particular occasion, they didn’t.
Instead they focused on the storm and got scared. They put fear in the mix and it crippled their faith. It overrode every sermon they’d ever heard Jesus preach.
Although they still turned to Him for help, they did it scared. They essentially said to Him, “Don’t You care that we’re dying?”
Those aren’t the kinds of words that release faith!
On the contrary, faith talks like this: “Sir, we need a moment of Your time here. You said we’re going to the other side and we believe it. There’s no way we’re going to drown out here in the middle of the lake with You in our boat. So we’re inquiring of You, Sir, how should we conduct ourselves in this situation?”
That’s the kind of thing the disciples could have said if they’d mixed faith with the words of Jesus, and it’s the kind of thing you can say too. After all, you have the words of the Master available to you just like the disciples did. If you feed on those words, they’ll be the first thing to come up on the inside of you when the waves start slapping over the sides of your boat.
But remember, no matter what happens, you have to stick with God’s words! Even if you’re facing something that’s got you so rattled your knees are knocking together, don’t let the devil see you sweat. Don’t let him hear you moaning about how bad your situation is. Instead, stand up and shout as loud as you can, “Jesus said, ‘Go to the other side of this’ and I’m going to the other side if I have to walk!”
Then follow the Master’s example. Release your faith by speaking God’s Word to the storm, and change things.
Get Your Engines Roaring
“Brother Copeland, are you saying I can do the same thing Jesus did in that story?”
Yes. But if you’re going to do His works, you have to do them His way: by hearing, believing and speaking The WORD of God. “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).
This is a major key to the Kingdom: Faith that changes things believes what it says comes to pass! Why? Because words do more than just communicate. Words are tools of power release. They’re much like the fuel in an airplane. They supply the power to get us where we’re going.
As a pilot, when I get into the Citation X and load it to the gills, there’s 13,000 pounds of fuel on it. I have only 6,000 feet of runway to get the whole thing off the ground. So if I’m lined up to take off with a plane full of people, I don’t want that fuel to be contaminated. I need all the power coming out of it that I can get.
I’m planning on pushing the throttles forward, pinning everyone to their seats and taking off. That’s what the plane is designed to do. Like one of my first instructors told me, “Copeland, when you push the power up on this thing you better have it pointed in the right direction because something is going to happen.”
The same is true for us as believers. We have the power of life eternal inside us and we don’t want it to be crippled and contaminated by bad fuel. We want to be able to push the faith throttles forward with full confidence, knowing our words are going to come to pass.
The secret to having such confidence is revealed in Hebrews 3:1. It says: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.”
The word translated profession there literally means “to say exactly the same thing as.” It indicates that when we say the same thing Jesus said, when we speak The WORD of God, He backs it. As our High Priest, He brings to pass what we say.
Just think: Jesus Himself is waiting to hear what you have to say!
If you’ll consider that fact, your respect for Him will mix with your faith and your spiritual engines will begin to roar. You’ll start shouting, “Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world! By His stripes I am healed, debt free and BLESSED!”
Before long, mountains will be moving, storm clouds will be scattering, and things in your life will be changing. Your faith will take off like a jet and do exactly what God designed it to do.