The Road to Victory! Part One.
God reveals spiritual things by His Spirit. God is the Spirit and His Word is spiritual. It is designed to speak to our spirit as to a born-again- by-His-Holy-Spirit believers. Our studies today are in Romans, Chapter 10.
Verse 6. It says, “But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, do not say in your heart who will ascend into heaven, that is to say who will bring Christ down from above or who will descend into the abyss, that is to bring Christ from the dead. But what does it say, the word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart. That is the word of faith which we speak, and if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
While I was driving I turned to a Christian radio station and the preacher was quoting Scriptures from the Bible. When I heard the Scriptures, my mind quickly turned to that Scripture and I knew what the next sentence was. And the Lord spoke to me very clearly. He said, “Do you see how your mind is working?” A mind is like a magnet; it turns to the things that it knows. How is it that our mind is working?
The Bible says, But if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness. That’s one part of our walk with Christ. We believe in our heart, yet that’s not enough. We need to speak what we believe with our mouth.
Our heart is where the Spirit of God dwells. And it is important for our mind to listen and receive when our mouth speaks what the Word of God says. It’s very important to speak the Scriptures. We, people, need a certain way to process things in order for our mind to work. We can believe, but we also must bring these things into our mind. Our mind is like a computer that God has created. The capacity of it is amazing. Anything that you believe only but never put into your mind is wasted. It’s not going to work. You see, God has created our mind but sin has polluted it. That’s why the Lord said that we need to renew our mind with the Word of God. Pay attention that God did not say to create our mind but to renew it or to make it new again. Because this will affect the way we walk with God.
A lot of people believe in their heart but their mind is not there. Therefore, if their mind is not there. When I was just listening to the Scripture, I already knew what the next sentence is because it is in my heart and mind. So, when it is in your mind then you can say things that are there and believe God for it. The Bible says if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart; —confess and believe. If you want to do something and you believe you really want to do it but you never talk about it, you never bring this up, you never cultivate it, most likely, these things will never happen. It’s because we are motivated by what we say. It’s important. We may believe that God can do all things through us, and this is so, and believe and wait, but never put it into practice because it is not in our mind.
So just to believe is not enough. We have to speak things. We have to build things up and when we are speaking these things, they are to be born in our mind. When we are speaking these things, we give birth to that vision and when it is born, God can move things to its fulfilment.
Verse 10, For with the heart one believes unto righteousness…We believe unto righteousness, which is to accept Christ as our Saviour in our heart, means to accept Him and His Word. With the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Sometimes we think that unless we confess with our mouths we can’t be saved. That’s not what the Bible is saying. It is believing with your heart first. So, confession alone doesn’t mean much as well. If our mind is filled with what your heart has then our life is going to be operated by what is in our heart. We cannot make ourselves praying, seeking God, following God, obeying God, living for God just because we believe so. The only way we are going to do this is when our mind is going to be in tune with God just as our heart is. And the only way we are going to renew our mind is through the Word of God and through speaking these things. Confessing them, saying them, you begin to expand (filling) your mind just like you studying something new.
The reason that people struggle with faith it’s not because they don’t believe. The Bible says that demons also believe but they don’t go to church to worship God. Demons are not filled with the knowledge of God. Their mind is filled with demonic and satanic influence. So, that’s the way they think and operate.
You know the Bible say this, From the abundance of the heart the man shall speaketh. Also, what the man thinks this is who he is. We reflect Christ and show His fruit not because we have accepted Him only but because we are filled with Him. How are you going to be filled with Him?
Your spirit, your soul, which is your mind and body, has to be lined up with God, and it all comes from one source—from your heart where the Holy Spirit dwells. So, we have the spring of the Living Water that shall come out of us. That spring of the Living Water that God has given us individually, is actually for us, so that we would connect our mind and our body to it in order for it to flow freely.
In 2nd Corinthians, Chapter 13:13 it says, I pray that your spirit, soul and body shall be sanctified; set apart. We are made to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Imagine when God begins to speak to you and when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will understand what God is saying to you. The communication will be so clear. Some people say, “I don’t know what God wants for my life”. It’s because you don’t hear God as yet. We must train our mind in the spiritual things of God. This is His language. We need to learn in order to know. You see, as it says, and with the mouth confession is made– with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. In the time of trouble, we can speak forth God’s promises to the Devil and he’s going to flee. Likewise, if every day we are going to meditate and then speak of what God said in His Word, we will be set free and delivered from the attack of the enemy. I want you to know that the Word of God can do wonders for you! God will encourage and build you up! God will bring life, health and deliverance! God will prosper you in all that you do!
When Satan was testing Jesus in the wilderness, He was hungry and the devil told Him, if You are the Messiah, the Son of God, turn these stones into bread. It was the perfect opportunity. Satan reminded Jesus that He can turn stones into bread. Did He do it? No! Because Jesus recognized who was talking to Him. Yet the Lord had the power to turn stones in to bread but He said …man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.
How do you identify who is speaking to you—the Devil, the flesh or God? Satan may bring things just exactly the way the Word of God says but with a little misinterpretation. And a lot of people go for it because it sounds exciting to them. It is a wonderful thing that God has given us the Bible! The Holy Spirit will interpret the Scriptures to you to help to understand what God says. Be careful not to deposit a doubt when God is revealing the Scriptures to you. Because doubts also stay there. So, the next time you want to receive something from the Lord and you cannot because the doubt is somehow still in your mind and will actively block faith, what do you need to do? Renew your mind by the Word again. Look into the Word of God and believe.
I remember we had a miracle meeting here in Montreal at the Palais de Congress. There was a lady there who was struggling with the issue of speaking in tongues. The reason was that her husband told her that this demonic. He was constantly discouraging her by saying that it was all wrong and it is not from God. His mind was not open to the Spirit of God and the revelation of the Word of God. It was more like he was figuring this with his own mind. But by the grace of God at that meeting, the Lord broke through and set her free and she was baptized in the Holy Spirit! She began to speak in tongues!
What was the stronghold? Where was the stronghold? The stronghold is not in your heart, it cannot be. If the Holy Spirit is dwelling in your heart, it’s the Well of the Living Water. But it is our mind that is stopping us from receiving. So here is the truth. Faith must operate not only in your heart but also in your mind.
Even to receive healing, it’s very important to believe. Not just to believe that God is the Healer but to believe that He can heal you now. Think about this: If something happens to you, right away, what is it that your mind immediately tells you? Most of the time the negative things. It’s over. It’s finished. It means our mind is filled with negativity and not faith. It is also the indication that fear is operating there. Did Jesus respond that way? Never. Why Jesus never had fear? It’s because He was free. His mind and life were filled with God and His Word.
It’s in our hands to train our mind. For as the Bible says, for with the heart we believe unto righteousness. We believe with the heart unto righteousness, that God is righteous, God can do all things, God is everything. Now we need to transform that faith and truth into our mind. And then, as soon as we begin to perceive with our senses something that is coming against us, we will take a stand by faith against it.
Renew your mind with the Word of God and believe! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2, …spiritual things are revealed by the Spirit. That’s why Jesus said, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.