I spend a lot of time in airports, as you would guess, and I have noticed that one of the most frequent signs that you will see in an airport these days is a sign that says, “When you see something, say something.”
The sign is talking about keeping us safe from terrorism. However, it’s a powerful spiritual command too because our eyes need to be wide open to the schemes of the devil AND of men.
Beloved, you have an enemy.
The thief comes to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). That’s why we have to be watchful, as Peter said:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
I am a firm believer in faith in God. I have had my faith tested many times, and have always come out on the other side with victory.
The Bible says:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The only possible way to live out this Christian walk is to walk by faith, every single solitary day.
There is no getting by it, through it, or around it: “The just shall live by faith.” That Scripture isn’t going anywhere either. It is required as long as you are living on planet Earth!
Many people are going through this thing called life, and every day there is a fight:
- A fight for your relationship with God;
- A fight for your family;
- A fight for your body, your mind, and your finances; and
- Even a fight just to live the victorious Christian life that we are all promised.
One of the keys to living that life is to know where your strength lies.
What will give you overcoming peace in a world of anxiety, worry, and uncertainty? Where can you go to find the answers to THE MOST difficult things in life? I have one of the answers to that question, and that is: go to the infallible, living, and breathing Word of God.
The Word is our FINAL AUTHORITY.
As believers, we base our entire existence on the little chorus I used to sing as a child:
oh that’s the book for me.
I stand upon the Word of God,
We believe the Bible is the “plenary-inspired” Word of God; which means every word is divinely inspired by God Almighty. Every “jot and every tittle”–in other words, every dot, every period, every comma–was breathed-out by God Himself.
The Bible is trustworthy because Jesus is trustworthy, and Father God is the Faithful Father, and the Holy Spirit is the inspiration of it all.
Second Peter 1:20-21 states that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own private interpretation; but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Before we go any further with this mentoring moment, let’s ask God to increase our faith.
With proper faith, when we begin to speak His Word, it will manifest from the supernatural into the natural. That’s when YOUR life and the lives of those around you can change.
So stop for a minute and pray with me:
“Father, Your word gives us boldness and authority to come into Your throne room and ask with confidence and assurance that You will hear us. As Your child, according to Your word in Luke 17:5, the disciples asked You to “Increase our faith,” so I am doing that too right now.
Father God, I open my heart to You right now.
I open my heart to receive a greater level of faith to believe Your promises and to see miracles, signs, and wonders in my life–and in the lives of those whom I love. Increase my faith, God.
Lord Jesus, I choose to believe Your Word and to be quick to say it. When I speak Your Word out loud, I believe that I will see the manifestation of what I believe. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!”
So how can you “say it and see it,” according to the Word?
Mark 11:23-24 contains our Scriptural basis for “say it and see it.” This passage says:
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:23-24).
WOW WOW WEE!!!!!! This is a really loaded verse. Let’s tackle it line upon line:
First of all:
It is very clear and specific that we are praying for things.
Sometimes, people say, “Oh, you shouldn’t pray for things.” Well, let’s go back to the very beginning of this blog post and re-examine what we said about THE WORD being our FINAL AUTHORITY. God is very concerned with your things.
Don’t believe me?
Look at the emphasis He puts on birds, grass, flowers, and all of nature in Matthew 6. If He is concerned about birds, flowers, and even knows the very hairs on your head, surely He is concerned about anything that you are concerned about.
The Psalmist says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
That is very powerful when it comes to that word “things.” He will give you the very desires of your heart? Really? Answer: Yes, really!
God loves you just that much. Paul talks about the ‘length, breadth, depth, and height of the Father’s love for us (Ephesians 3:18). Your Father’s love for you is unsearchable. It is unknowing and beyond comprehension; so it is no wonder to me that He would give me “things,” “desires,” “requests,” or any other way you want to label it.
He clearly says, “Whatsoever things you desire, WHEN YOU PRAY.” This is also so very key.
The Scripture is implying here that Jesus expects us to pray. It doesn’t say:
- “If you get around to it …”
- “If you get time for it …”
- “If you desperately need something, really really badly …”
No. It doesn’t say any of those things. The implication here is that, as a believer, our prayer lives are a “gimme,” a no-brainer: it is expected that we pray!
Then, He gives you the greatest key in getting your prayers answered:
Jesus said, “BELIEVE YOU RECEIVE THEM …” (here it comes), “AND YOU SHALL HAVE THEM!” In other words, “If you say it, you will see it!”
Now don’t be too quick to judge and criticize me.
You may ask, “Are you one of those ‘Word’ people or ‘name it and claim it, blab it and grab it’ people?” Well, I am definitely a “Word” person. If it’s in the book, I BELIEVE! But I also “rightly divide the Word of truth.” And according to 1 John 5:14-15, John breaks it down how we can have “whatsoever we ask.” He said:
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us:
and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
That’s it right there. 🙂
So then we have to ask the question, “How can we know what to ask God for?”
What can you “say” and expect to “see”? Well, since the Word of God is our final authority, we must look to its pages to find the answer to that question. Here’s what we find:
- We definitely know it is God’s will for us to be healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24).
- It is God’s will for our children to be saved (Acts 16:31).
- It is God’s will for us to prosper (3 John 2).
I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.
If it lines up with the Word of the Lord, then it is His will.
Nothing comes without faith, obedience, and being righteous/in right relationship with God. But if you ARE in faith, obeying God, and rightly related to Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can have ANYTHING!
But … you have to SAY IT to SEE it. You have to tell God what you want in prayer.
I can assure you that nothing you want will ever come to you without asking God first–and without your telling Him what you need.
In order to have what you never had before, sometimes you have to do what you have never done before. So I encourage you to pray BOLD prayers today. I dare you to step out in faith and begin to ask God for the impossible. When you do, you will see Him answer! You will even get to watch Him go beyond your faith!
If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. And if you’re not seeing it, it’s because you’re not saying it!
So what will you ask God for today? Don’t wait another minute! Close your eyes right now and ask Him for something BIG. Wrap your faith around these promises and pray a bold prayer.
Then, leave a comment below and tell me what you’re praying for, so I can agree with you in prayer!