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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.

(KJV)

Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God

Mark 11:22: “Have faith in God.”

Mark 9:23: “All things are possible to him that believes.”

Hebrews 11:1: “Faith gives substance to our hopes and makes us certain of realities we do not see.”

· And then, of course, there are the many epigrams that abound today regarding faith:

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”

“Faith, like muscle, grows strong with exercise.

“Faith is the outstretched hand of the soul taking what Christ offers.”

· Most of us do not question the value of faith. It is the acquisition of faith that we struggle with. Have you ever longed to have more faith but didn’t know how to get it?

· Have you ever wanted to live by faith, like those we read about in Hebrews 11? Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I had more faith because I know that I would be a better person.” Well, right in our text is the key to opening the door to a greater faith. Let’s look at the phrase in verse 17: “faith to 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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