Activate the faith process.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
- Isaiah 55:10-11 (New King James Version)
God's word is like a seed. On its own, it does nothing but ohhh when you plant it in some soil, water & fertilize it, that's when the magic happens! God designed the potential that's inside of seeds to come forth through this process and He designed His word the same way. Our problem is, we're often standing with a hand full of seeds (His word) but not doing the work to plant and tend to them (and then wondering why nothing is happening).
If there is a promise in God's word for your life, that means there is power to bring it to pass.
How do we activate that power though?
Step 1: We find a word from God about our situation. And, as I touched on last week, the best way to do that is by asking Him to show it to us. It's like going to the store to look for seeds; if you want to plant tomatoes you gotta find tomato seed. Ask the Gardener to point you in the direction of the right seed for your situation.
Step 2: We "plant" that word in our hearts. Your heart is the soil and you have to plant God's word inside of it so that you can actually start to believe what it says (it does you no good if you don't believe it!). The way you plant it is by keeping that word in front of your eyes and in your ears on a daily basis. The more you meditate on the word, the more faith will start to rise and that word will begin to take root.
Step 3: We speak & prepare for it as if it's true. This is the "watering" part of the process. When you really believe something, you talk about it like it's real and you align your plans & actions with the fact that it is true. Many of us miss it here because we're believing it in our hearts but our daily words and actions are working against it. We must keep speaking & preparing in total alignment until it comes to pass.
P.S. if you say you believe something but then constantly say and do things that are contrary to it, you don't believe it yet. Go back to step 2 and get the word more firmly rooted in your heart.
Step 4: Get into agreement with another believer. Jesus said that if two of us agree on anything, it'll be done for us (Matthew 18:19). That's powerful! Surrounding ourselves with likeminded believers is like adding fertilizer. You and God can do it alone but there's something about bringing another believer into the mix that helps accelerate things.
So that's how we activate the faith process . And yes, it IS a process. If you know anyone who gardens, you know it takes work! This isn't any different. But, if we're being honest, many of us have seen failures in our faith walks because we didn't really do the "works" side of faith (James 2:14-26). The good news is God has given us everything we need; we just gotta work it! (and then get ready to reap the fruit of our labor!)
Still Hungry? Eat more //
John 14:26 → The Holy Spirit is here to guide you to God's specific word for your situation. Use Him!
2 Kings 5:1-13 → Naaman almost missed his blessing because of the actions asked of him. I know this process takes work but it's really simple work when you think about it (Matthew 11:30).
Psalm 103:20 → When you speak God's word over yourself, you release angels to go to work on your behalf.
Romans 4:17 → You might feel like you're "lying" when you speak things that aren't physically true yet, but that's how our God operates. Plus, it's not a lie if God's word says it's true.
Genesis 17:5→ I bet Abraham looked and sounded crazy when he started telling people to call him the new name God had given him. But I love it because his new name (father of many) became his daily affirmation. AND that’s what he heard and was reminded of every time someone else said his name. That’s an example of how we must surround ourselves with the truth we’re believing God for.