Pastor Roger Anghis
April 29, 2012
Before we get started I think that it is important that we understand that the Word is a living thing. John 6:63 “. . .the words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” Because of this, we will always be able to get new revelation out of scriptures that we thought we had already gotten the revelation there was to get. Enter into this study with open heart and mind, not with the ‘I’ve heard this before’ attitude. Remember also that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word. It may be this time that you hear the Word that you breakthrough to a new level of understanding that will remove that burden and destroy that yoke.
Mark 11.22 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” This commandment is just as much for today as it was for them 2,000 years ago. We have to operate in faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So God tells us to have faith in Him and then He tells us how to do that: (23) “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.” You’ll notice that there’s a point being made here. That point is, it is very important what you say! How do we please God? 2 Corinthians says that we are to walk by faith. We are to live by faith and part of that faith is believing what God has told us in the Bible. If that’s the way we’re supposed to live, then that’s how we’re supposed to live. I see no reason to make apologies for it.
If a Christian doesn’t live that way, then he is missing out on most of what God has for him. Notice that right after He tells us to have faith, He tells us that we are to speak. I don’t recall anywhere where Jesus spoke to an infirmity and then said, ‘ I sure hope this works. I haven’t healed blind eyes yet.’ No! He expected everything that He said to come to pass. That’s why He didn’t mince His words. We are supposed to do the same thing. There are those who will call us the ‘Name it and claim it.’ Crowd, or the ‘Blab it and grab it’ crowd. And these terms are used in a very derogatory manor. There are even those who make fun of us for speaking in faith. Some even go as far as despising us for what we do. What we have to do is keep in mind that the devil has been able to infiltrate the church over the centuries with his doctrines and lies and his deceptions and one of those deceptions is the power of “confession”. The devil has got ‘decreeing a thing’ over in the realm of magic and abracadabra. If we discount “confession” we are simply not taking God seriously about what He has told us about the words of our mouth. Jesus is the One Who is talking here and He doesn’t lie. We know that most of the church doesn’t believe that they can have what they say simply by listening to how they talk. Even so-called faith preachers will say things that will curl your hair.
I’ve heard people say that God killed their child. I’ve hear preachers say that God could care less about your problems. He’s got bigger things to worry about than you and your problems. This is giving power to something that is NOT supported in the scripture.
Jesus goes on to say, “Therefore I say unto you, Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Jesus is telling us that we have to believe BEFORE we receive. That goes against everything we were brought up to believe. This verse is talking about prayer and we have to be mindful of what we say about what we prayed about. You don’t want to finish a prayer and then say something like, ‘I sure hope this works.’ Or ‘I sure hope it’s God’s will that I be healed.’ Those kind of statements are NOT in agreement with your prayer. Your prayer may be the most eloquent prayer, but if you speak in doubt and unbelief afterwards, it will negate your prayer. You won’t move any mountains when your words don’t agree with your prayer.
Ever hear someone say, “I’m waiting for God to move this mountain.” It says “. . . that whosoever shall say unto this mountain”; It doesn’t say anything about asking God to move the mountain, it says that we have to speak to the mountain. This alone should wake us up to the importance and the power of words. If we expect our words to be full of power and be life changing, then we have to believe what we say will come to pass. Idle talk has to go. Dirty jokes have to go. Idle talk has to go.
As you become more selective in what you say, you’ll be able to have more faith in what you say. You may think that it would be nice to have the kind of faith that some of the patriarchs had. To be able to stand there with the fire crackling in the background and tell the king, ‘We won’t worship you no matter what you threaten us with. Or to stand at the shores of the Red Sea, with pharaoh bearing down on you and you tell the Red Sea to part. Or maybe facing Goliath with the courage that David did and fearlessly run into the battle with just a small stone. We do have that same kind of faith. 2 Corinthians 4:13 “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore I have spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” If Paul could read and believe and then speak, then we can too. If you don’t believe in something, you won’t talk much about it. You can tell what a person who is sick believes by listening to what they say about their sickness. If they speak of the sickness and never bring up what the Bible says about healing, we know what they have more faith in, the sickness. If you bring up 1 Peter 2:24 they’ll say ‘Yeah, I know that, but the doctor says…’ , or ‘Yeah, I know that, but my body still hurts.’ We can see that they don’t believe the Word nor do they believe that what they say change their situation.
You know that you believe the Word and what you say when you can smile through the pain, you’re happy through that trail because you know that you’ll come out on top. It’s a bad witness to be down in the mouth all the time. Always looking like there’s no hope. Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness (Hebrews 1:9) and 1 John 4:17 describe how we are supposed to be, “. . . because as He is, so are we in the world.” Jesus is not sad or depressed, frowning and looking like no hope for mankind, hoping He can make it through eternity without all hell breaking loose. He’s happy, He’s cheerful and has a peace that goes beyond understanding. There are so many people who aren’t Christians simply because they have relatives that are. And if that’s how you have to be to be a Christian, they don’t want any part of it. Why are these Christians sad and depressed? They don’t believe the Word of God. They don’t believe that they can control their circumstances by speaking life to them. Believers are supposed to be joyful, victorious and peaceful. James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
(19) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James is informing us that it is better to listen and get all the facts before you speak out. How many know that there are those who will not be satisfied until all have heard their opinion even before all the facts are presented. You hear some talk show hosts that ask their guest a question and then constantly interrupt them during their answer. “Always making sure that it is their opinion that is talked about the most.
James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
(27) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” There are two religions. Man’s religion, which is not good, and true religion, which is of God. It doesn’t make any difference which religion you are, if you can’t control your mouth, it’s all for nothing, useless. In this same chapter (vs. 23), James says that we need to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. The number one way to be a doer of the Word is to speak the Word consistently. In the next chapter he tells us that faith without works is dead.
James 3:1 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
(2) For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” We have to ask that if we do all the right things, yet we do not control our mouths, it’s all in vain? Is it true that if I can control my words I can control my body? Can I control my heart, my lungs, my kidneys? James says the ‘body’ and all those are parts of the ‘body’. The Amplified says ‘control his whole body and curb his entire nature’. If you can control your mouth, you can control your life.
Let’s say you get a bad report from the doctor and everyone you meet, you tell them what the doctor says, and it isn’t good. What are you doing?
Proverbs 6:2 “Thou art snared with the words of they mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth”. The literal translation says, ‘you are captured by the words of your own mouth’. You talk the bad report and you talk the bad report over and over keeps you on the road to the end result that the doctor said. You are snared by the words of your mouth. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” God says that we were healed. The physical evidence is attempting to exalt itself above the knowledge of God. Cast that down. We are made in the image and likeness of God, we have the power to create and destroy with the words of our mouth. The Word tells us we can be victors in all things. All means All. Some people go to secular doctors for their problems and the doctor gives their problem a ‘name’ and then they’ll walk around saying, ‘My cancer or my diabetes.” My arthritis, my allergies, my heart problem, my bad back. Why would you want to claim these diseases as ‘yours’?
You’ll notice that the people that ‘claim’ these things NEVER get rid of them and quite often, they even die of them. Why do they continue to talk that way? They BELIEVE it!! They know what the Word says, but they believe what the doctor says. God gave Joshua directions on how to have continuous success and that advise is the same for today.
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Psalm 89:34 “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips”.) Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of they mouth: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
You may not believe what the Word of God says, but start saying it anyway. In the times that we are in now we are going to have to know the Word of God and believe the Word of God. Without a strong foundation in the Word, we will not be able to stand against the enemy. If we don’t believe what the Word is telling us, the devil will do what ever he wants in our lives. Be determined to believe. If it was good enough for the patriarchs, then it’s good enough for us.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org