“I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from my mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.” Isaiah 48:3 (NKJV)

Many of today’s Christians are people of dedication and commitment. They are people who invest volumes of time and money into becoming trained to do something in life. There are men and women who have spent years becoming a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer, a pilot, a mechanic, and on and on we could go. In fact, this quest to become skilled in some area in order to allow us to “earn a living” drives the current trend toward so-called free college tuition. As people have sought degrees the increased demand has driven up the cost of college, which has resulted in more loans and debt. All in pursuit of a skill that will permit us to pay the bills, and fund our adventures.

Most people are not seeking skills and careers as an end, but as a means to an end. They are willing to invest what is necessary to earn enough to be able to support their outside activities, whether that’s some kind of compassionate work or some extracurricular activity, and then to be able to play on the weekends. And remember, we’re talking about Christians here, not the world.

In general, people understand that in order to see some success in this world, you have to invest something. However, when it comes to spiritual things, it seems that we think it should work differently. While people of all stripes will accept training programs for jobs, take out loans to go to college, or join the military to earn a skill, when it comes to the things of God it seems that we just want it to fall on us. Oh, we’ll listen to teachers and preachers. We will get excited about things they say, victories they’ve experienced. And completely ignore the investment of their time, and even all their energies, into learning what God has said in His Word.

We are swayed by failure and confused by philosophies invented by people who thought those philosophies up to explain the failures, or even successes, they saw and experienced. We are reasoned away from who God is, who we are, and what we have by these same philosophies.

One of these comes back to the opening text. God declares things, and because he does they come to pass. And he told us to do the same. You doubt it? Read Mark 11:23:

“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.” 

If words mean anything, then these words mean what Jesus said. Of course, in this day and age, we have another problem. We don’t really believe words mean anything anymore. At least, only what we want them to mean. People are offended over words, while choosing to speak words that are harmful, foolish, cruel, apathetic, and require that others allow them to do so. Lawyers bend words to profit their clients, in fact, to even create situations in which they will have clients. We’re not concerned with phrases such as, “his word is his bond” anymore. Because none of us wants to be bound by our words.

I’ve lived through seeing my daughters wounded by friends who just don’t think anything of changing plans at the last minute because they feel like it, or because something seemingly better has come along. There are even times when the kids are forced to change their plans, because the parents who approved the plans in the first place, no longer like those plans.

All of these things have polluted our understanding of the power of words. Particularly, the power carried in God’s word. In Hebrews 1:3 we find that God upholds things by words of power. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is living and powerful. And in Ecclesiastes 8:4, we see that “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” Jesus is the King of kings, where his word is, there is unlimited power. 

But the power of God is limited. It is limited by our unbelief. If we speak what we see, rather than speaking what God said, we are speaking unbelief. Thus, we are limiting God’s power in our lives. God forbid!

I know why we do so because I’ve done it and I too often still, do it. But I have set myself on a journey of investment. I am investing in knowing God and knowing his word. I am determined to become as proficient at this as I have anything I have ever done. As I do so, then I build myself up in faith (Hebrews 10:17, faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing the word). And as I am built up in his word then Mark 11:23 begins to be more of a reality in my life. Glory hallelujah. I see victory because I have what I say, and I say what God says!

Remember that God loves you, and so do I! We desire for you to walk in All God’s Best, always. God loves you just as you are, but he loves you far too much to leave you as you are!

To learn more about God’s love and compassion for us, check out these related posts (click on the title for the link):

Is It “All Good”?
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