Friday, November 9, 2007

Forcefully Laying Hold by Faith

The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. (Matthew 11:12 NIV)
One way the kingdom of heaven forcefully advances is through the Word of God. All creation is framed and sustained by it (Hebrews 11:3; Hebrews 1:3), and faith, which is how we forcefully lay hold of the kingdom, comes by hearing it (Romans 10:17).

As I noted in yesterday’s blog, there was a time in my life when I realized that I really needed to lay hold of the kingdom in regard to certain areas in my life. So I gathered up Scriptures pertaining to those areas and, pacing up and down the hallway of my house, I began to declare them forcefully, with a loud voice.

What was I doing? I was laying hold of the promises of God, claiming them as my own. I was pressing into the truth of them. I was confessing them with all I had within me. To confess something literally means to “same the same thing,” to agree with that something. The Greek word translated “confess” in the New Testament is homologeo, which literally means “same word.” When we confess our sins, for example, we are agreeing with what God has to say about them. When we confess His Word, we are agreeing that it is so. That is faith, and it pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).

Here are some of the Bible-based confessions I began making that day:
  • I remember the LORD my God, for it is He who gives me the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
  • I am prosperous and successful, for I meditate upon God's Word day and night (Joshua 1:8).
  • I will go up at once and possess the blessing God has given me; for I am well able to overcome all that keeps me from it (Numbers 13:30).
  • The God of heaven, He will prosper me (Nehemiah 2:20).
  • The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want (Psalm 23:1).
  • I magnify the Lord continuously, for He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His people (Psalm 35:27).
  • I delight myself in the Lord, and He gives me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4).
  • Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads me with benefits, the God of my salvation (Psalm 68:19).
  • All my fountains — my unlimited resources — are in you, O LORD (Psalm 87:7).
  • I am blessed, for I fear the LORD and find great delight in His commands. My children will be mighty in the land, for the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in my house, and my righteousness endures forever, for I have the righteousness of Christ at work in me. (Psalm 112:1-3)
  • The LORD makes me increase — me and my children. I am blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 115:14-15).
  • There is peace within my walls and prosperity within my palace (Psalm 122:7).
  • I prosper because I am generous and give freely. I am refreshed because I refresh others (Proverbs 11:24-25).
  • Prosperity and honor now come to me, for I receive instruction (Proverb 13:18).
  • From the fruit of my mouth my stomach is filled; with the harvest from my lips I am satisfied (Proverbs 18:20).
  • Whatsoever my hand finds to do, I do it with all my might (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
  • God goes before me and levels the mountains; He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. He gives me the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places (Isaiah 45:2-3).
  • I ask and it is being given to me; I seek and I am finding; I knock and the door is being opened to me (Matthew 7:7).
  • All things whatsoever I ask in prayer, believing, I shall receive (Matthew 21:22).
  • God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within me (Ephesians 3:20).
  • My God will meet all my needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
  • All things are mine (1 Corinthians 3:21).
  • My prosperity and progress appears to all, for I meditate upon God's Word, and I give myself diligently to it (1 Timothy 4:15).
  • God gives us richly all things to enjoy (1Timothy 6:17).
  • I enjoy good health and all goes well with me, even as my soul is getting along well (3 John 2).
Forceful men lay hold of the kingdom of Heaven on Earth by believing the Word of God.