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Summary: What happens when faith and confession collide?

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The Power of Words: Spiritual Relativity

· Words shape and define our lives

· Words reveal the faith we have in our life

· Recap of last week…

1. OUR WORDS CAN DIRECT US AND OTHERS IN LIFE:

2. OUR WORDS CAN DESTROY US AND OTHERS:

3. OUR WORDS DISPLAY WHO WE ARE AND WHAT’S IN OUR HEARTS

4. OUR WORDS CAN DELIGHT OTHERS:

Mark 11:12-24

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.

13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.

14 Then he said(he answered in KJV) to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,

16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.

17 And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: "’My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ’a den of robbers.’"

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19 When evening came, they went out of the city.

20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.

21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"

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.

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

(NIV)

· Here Jesus taught us a valuable lesson not only about words, but about a principle of faith that is associated with our words

· What is the principle?

Rom 10:9

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.

(NIV)

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.

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

(NIV)

· The reality you live in many times is relative to the belief of your heart and the confession of your mouth

· There is a reaction when faith and confession collide

· R=FC2

· This principle is not just effective when used for the positive things in life

Rom 1:16-17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.


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Ray Acevedo

commented on Jul 4, 2009

What an awsome look at what words can do. I''m feeling really encouraged right now. Good work Pastor, GOD BLESS!

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