I wrote a blog a couple of days ago about loving by faith. That topic has stirred more and more in me the past few days and has flooded over into other areas of life as I've heard, read, and been told more and more things very similar. "Love by faith". "Forgive by faith". "Give by faith". "Praise by faith". Essentially my pastor summed it up last wednesday when he said, "You have to believe that what your doing is doing something." That's faith. When we choose to do the Word we must believe that our obedience to the Word is doing something, particularly that it's doing what the Word says it'll do. Over and over in scripture we see if you will, then I will promises. We must believe that if we do... then He will and..... He will. He is faithful.
If you read much of my writing at all you've seen that I am a big fan of Brian Simmons and the Passion Translation. While not only reading through his awesome interpretations of various books of the Bible, he also writes a devotional paragraph every morning and every night where he includes incredible insight and encouragement from the word.
This is a piece of a his post from last night:
"Every time you feel a deep need, receive more of My grace. Like a river that always seeks the lowest place, My grace runs down into the deepest need of your heart and fills it to overflowing. Soon you will leap over every way and run victoriously through the ranks of the enemy's forces that have come against you. I will train you in My grace to win every battle and defeat the discouragement that has sought to muffle your voice. You will rise and run into My grace and find all that you need, for I am the Extravagant Father who understands you fully. So come and expect Me, the Faithful One, to work through you change the world around you."
Go ahead and read that paragraph again, pause on each statement, and let it sink in. I'm not sure about you, but when I read that it resonated inside of me. It flipped a switch deep in my heart. It uplifted me, it encouraged me, it brought that overwhelming grace and lit a fire.
When the enemy comes to attack you, he attempts to steal your voice. He wants to shut you up, he wants to cause doubt, fear, and insecurity. BUT the Extravagant Father who knows you fully will fill you with grace to win EVERY battle, to defeat discouragement, to RISE UP and run the race, and He will work through you to change the world around you.
"Anyone can sing with praise after the walls fall down. Faith will shout in triumph at your wall until it crumbles."
Don't allow discouragement, failures, or insecurity to muffle your voice, but rather RISE UP IN FAITH. YOU HAVE A VOICE. You have a voice to sing, praise, and shout in triumph until your mountain crumbles in front of you. You have a voice to encourage, exhort, and love well those that are around you. You have a voice to declare the mighty works of the Lord. You have a voice to speak life. Don't allow the enemy or circumstances of life to muffle your voice.
I love how God confirms and confirms and confirms His Word and His direction. This past friday as we began to shout out for victory, for triumph, for chains to be broken off of our minds, our families, our community, we were SHOUTING in FAITH that walls were crumbling down. Shouting for provision, shouting for poverty to be eradicated in Liberty, shouting for love to prevail, shouting for lies of the enemy to be proven false, shouting for justice and mercy, shouting for victory, shouting for joy, shouting to declare that we believe the Word and we trust God.
Everything we do must be in faith. Faith that He is who He says He is and He'll do what He says He'll do. Even as I come lay my life on the alter in surrender, my surrender must be in faith, faith that He will take me and make me into what He desires. Faith that He is faithful.
So use your voice today. If the lies of the enemy are trying to overwhelm you then speak Truth and sing praises until you're overwhelmed with His truth rather than the enemy's lies.
2 Timothy 1:12 TPT
"The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God. And my faith in Him convinces me that He is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in His hands safe and secure until the fullness of His appearing."