2 Corinthians 5:7
Kenneth E. Hagin
Bible Faith Study Course
“The Power of Our Words
Our lips can make us millionaires or keep us paupers. Our lips can make us victors or keep us captives. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark chapter 5 spoke her faith and her faith made her a victor. Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood that it was her faith spoken out of her lips that had made her whole (Mark 5:34).
Your lips can keep you sick. You can fill your words with faith or you can fill your words with love that will melt the coldest heart. You can fill your words with love that will help the discouraged and brokenhearted. You can fill your words with faith that will stir heaven. Or you can fill your words with hatred and poison. You can make your words breathe out the very atmosphere of heaven. But your faith will never register above the words of your lips.
Let Negative Thoughts Die Unborn
Thoughts may come and they may try to persist in staying. But if you refuse to put those thoughts into words, they die unborn.
One time a man asked me to pray that the devil would never put any more evil thoughts in his mind. I told him if I could do that, I would pray that for myself. I told him that we are on the devil’s territory in the sense that we live in the flesh and Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). As the god of this world, Satan operates in the mental or sense realm—in the realm of the flesh.
Therefore, you can’t help it if the devil brings thoughts to your mind. You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”! So you can refuse to think Satan’s thoughts. You can also refuse to put evil thoughts into action. The best thing to do is to laugh[…]”
“Faith’s Confessions Create Realities
Learn to use words that will react upon your own spirit. Faith’s confessions create realities. Realization follows your confession. Confession precedes possession. Remember, “. . . with the mouth confession is made unto . . .” (Rom. 10:10).
There are two things to notice about the God-kind of faith: First, a man believes in his heart. Second, he believes in his words. It won’t be enough just to believe something in your heart. To get God to work for you, you have to believe in your words and your words have to speak the faith that is in your heart.
23 . . . whosoever shall say . . . 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.
This scripture contains the inevitable law of faith. You must believe in your heart and you must believe in your words. The God-kind of faith results in believing in your heart and speaking with your mouth. The Word of God must be on your lips. The Word of God in your heart and on your lips gives you power over disease, demons, and evil circumstances and causes you to walk in victory in Christ in every area of your life.”
“Not a Lack of Power—A Lack of Faith
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.”
“18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF. . . .
Matthew 10:1 says, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
If I say that the disciples didn’t have the power to cast out that devil in Matthew 17, then I am making Jesus out to be a liar because the Bible says He gave them the power “. . . against unclean spirits, to cast them out . . .” (Matt. 10:1).
When the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t cast out the devil, Jesus didn’t say it was because they didn’t have the power to do it. He said it was because of their unbelief.”
A lack of power is not what the trouble is at all. People who say that, miss the point because if you have the Holy Ghost, then you have the power. People think that if they had more power, the Word would automatically work, but the Word works by faith.
What’s hindering people is a lack of faith—not a lack of power.
Doubt is robbing them of the blessings of God.
Jesus didn’t say you couldn’t cast out the devil because you don’t have the power.
He said if you can’t cast out the devil, it is because of your unbelief.”
“The benefits of your inheritance in Christ just don’t fall upon you like ripe cherries off a tree. Second Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
“if there is a lack of faith in appropriating the promises of God, then they are simply ignoring the powerhouse that is in them. You don’t need any more power. You need to learn how to put the power you already have to work for you.”
“Healing is a mighty gift that God has provided for us. Someone has said that it is not the will of God to heal everyone. But I would rather cuss than talk like that. To say something like that would be insulting my Lord Jesus. Matthew 8:17 says, “. . . Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” But healing is received through faith, and it also takes faith to maintain healing.”
“Utilize the Power of God Within You
Doubt is robbing many Spirit-filled believers of the best that God has for them. These believers have the power, but they are not using it; they are not putting the Powerhouse—the Holy Spirit on the inside—to work for them.
A number of years ago I read in The Pentecostal Evangel about a fellow down in Africa who was a convert of some of our missionaries; he was a native evangelist of Africa. He had been reading about what God had been doing here in America, and he’d read about the works that some evangelists were doing for God. He said he was going to fast and pray until God gave him that power also, so he decided to go on a twenty-one day fast so he could get the power of God. (You should be extremely careful about extended fasting.)
About the tenth day of the fast, the Lord spoke to him and told him to get up and stop fasting because the power was already in him and all he had to do was start using it. So that’s exactly what he did.
He began to utilize the power he already had and before he knew it, they were calling him the Billy Graham of Africa. His meetings drew crowds up to 80,000 people in attendance. He was going to fast until he got the power, but the Lord told him that he already had the power—the Person of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.”
WHETHER IT IS ACCESSING THE POWER OF GOD FOR OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL HEALING OR HELPING OTHERS BY MINISTERING THE POWER OF GOD – THE POWER RESPONDS TO FAITH AND FAITH COMES FROM THE WORD AND SPEAKING THE PROMISES OF GOD.
MAKE SURE OF YOUR PRIORITIES! MAKE SURE THE POWER PLUG OF YOUR LIFE IS PLUGGED INTO THE RIGHT SOCKET AND AN ACTIVE SOCKET! YOUR MOUTH AND YOUR CONFESSION WILL PLUG YOU INTO THE POWERFUL MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD.
ITS FAITH THAT MAKES THE POWER ARC!!
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.