Keep looking at what the Word says. You see so many folks are looking at themselves, at the conditions, at the symptoms. If God’s Word assures you that He heard and answers your prayer, then if that Word doesn’t depart from before your eyes, you are going to see yourself with what you prayed for.
That’s faith in God’s Word. When you see your-self with the answer based on God’s Word, that’s when you know your faith is solidly based on the Word of God. You see, failing to take God’s medicine – His Word – according to instructions is what defeats so many folks in their prayer life. Notice all of that agrees with what Jesus says in Mark 11:24: “… what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that you receive them, and ye shall have them.” You’ve got to believe you’ve got your answer before you get it! Someone might say, “I’m not going to believe anything I can’t see.” But even in the natural realm, we believe a lot of things we can’t see.
For example, during World War II, when radioactive materials were loosed into the atmosphere due to exploding bombs, the whole world became concerned about something they couldn’t see. You can’t see or feel radioactivity, but you can definitely see and feel the result of radioactivity. It’s a destructive power. Also, scientists believe in many things they can’t necessarily see but just as people became alarmed about the unseen radioactivity in this world and believed it even though they couldn’t see or feel it, I believe in the power of God even though I can’t see or feel it. I believe what the Word of God says about the Holy Ghost, the great Unseen Power of God, whether or not I feel or see Him.
Besides, I have had some of the greatest healings take place in my meetings when I never felt a thing. I have had some of the most marvelous things hap-pen when the service seemed dead. So, you see, feelings don’t have a thing in the world to do with faith. God is with me, and His power is always available whether I feel like it or not. I’m not basing my faith on what I feel; I’m basing my faith on what God said. And He said, “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).
6 So that we may boldly say, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Is that what you are saying? Are you boldly declaring, “The Lord is my helper”? That’s what you need to be saying! “Well,” someone said, “the Lord’s forsaken me. You all pray for me. I don’t feel like I once did.”
Your feelings don’t have anything whatsoever to do with what the Bible says. I’ve heard people say, “I don’t know whether I can make it or not; I hope I can. You all pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end.” That is not what the Word says we are to boldly declare. So many people are boldly declaring their defeat and failure: “I’m whipped.” “I’m defeated.” “The devil’s got me bound.” But nowhere in the Bible do you find where He said to boldly say that. The writer of Hebrews said, “. . . for he [Jesus] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper…” (Heb. 13:5,6).
So quit saying the wrong thing and start saying the right thing. Say, “The Lord is my Helper” (Heb. 13:6). Is He? Then say that He is. Say, “The Lord is my Healer.” Say, “Jesus took my infirmities, and bore my sicknesses” (Matt. 8:17). Didn’t He? Then keep talking about God’s delivering power. Say the right things and believe the right things.
Friends, it is just simply wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong talking that whips folks. You see, the devil can’t defeat you because Jesus has already defeated the devil for you. Satan doesn’t defeat you; you defeat yourself. Or if he does, you permit him to do so. It’s a consent of ignorance.
God has given us His Word to get our thinking straightened out, so that we won’t be ignorant and so our believing will be right. And if our thinking is right and our believing is right, then our talking will be right. So say, “The Lord is my Helper. The Lord is my strength.” Real faith in the Word says, “If God says it’s so, then it’s so.” If God says by His stripes I was healed, then I’m healed (Isa. 53:4,5; 1 Peter 2:24).
If God says He shall supply every need of mine, then He does it (Phil. 4:19). If God says He’s the Strength of my life, then He is (Ps. 27:1). In other words, real faith in God simply says about one’s self what the Word says. Thank God, I have what the Word says I have. I am what the Word says I am. If God says I’m strong, I am. If He says I’m healed, I am. If He says He cares for me, then He does. So I just simply quietly rest on the Word, for the Word says, “For we which have believed do enter into rest. ..” (Heb. 4:3).
Quietly rest on the Word regardless of natural evidence that would satisfy the physical senses. Real faith is built on the Word! We should meditate in the Word and dig deeply into it and feed upon it. Then the Word will become a part of us just as natural food becomes a part of us. In other words, what natural food is to the physical man, the Word of God is to the spiritual man. So this Word builds into me – the real me, the inward man – confidence and assurance. Remember, “. . . faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17).