Nov. 26, 2002

MK 11:22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. [23] "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.

RO 10:16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" [17] Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. [18] But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:

"Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."

[10] Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. [11] If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. I Pe. 4

I believe that many of us have the notion that there is speaking and there is doing. One of them involves just words we think, and the other one, action. And yet Jesus tells us that if we have faith in God and proclaim to the mountains in our lives to be removed, then they will be removed into the sea. This sounds very much like a form of action to me. This sounds very much like something is accomplished through the words that are spoken here. We are also told that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Ro. 10:17 Faith involves action and faith in this instance is birthed through the hearing of the message from the one whom is speaking it.

[9] That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Rom. 10

The words that we speak are very powerful. Consider how the world and the universe came into being by the creative word "spoken" through God.

GE 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. [4] God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.

Through the creative agent of speaking this very powerful word, worlds came into being, the sun and moon and all the stars and planets in the sky were birthed, and all the sea and land creatures were created as well. We know from looking at the book of Proverbs that the tongue is a very powerful tool and that it can be used for good or for evil.

PR 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Many think that we are only doing something that is inherently good when we do either good deeds for someone, or help people in some way. This is oftentimes labeled as works of service, or "helps." Some consider that speaking words, even if they are the "words of God," that surely this is not the same as employing "action," or in helping others. But what I am saying here is that speaking is action. It is bringing forth those things that are not as if they were. It is calling forth the things of God into the hearts and minds of people. It becomes a very creative force, and yes, it can be used for evil purposes as well. Words can hurt and words can bring life and sustenance as well.

With our hearts we speak forth the things which are within them. From our hearts then in faith, our words utter things spoken that have then sprung forth from that faith. And then in this manner in which we speak forth these things, our hearts are stirred to more and more faith, and finally into "action," or to "doing." We become people of faith through the words that are spoken. We press forward into action and into faith beyond that which we see with our eyes. We see through the inner revelation of Christ in us, and in this place where the "eyes of our hearts have become enlightened" it gives us heavenly vision and a purpose to believe, and then to speak.

2CO 4:13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, [14] because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.

The Lord tells me that:

"Speaking is the same as doing when the words that you speak bring action into being."

And I believe that that is the essence of what I知 trying to put forth in this article here. When the words that we speak bring forth doing or some form of action, then these words can be labeled as "doing." While what I have been saying here is true, something of even more importance is our being, our very character or nature in relationship to God and His purposes in our lives. Perhaps that will have to wait for another time.


Stephen Hanson