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When God Speaks - How to Receive God’s Promises for Your Life

By + Doctor Christian Harfouche | 8 min read

When God Speaks - How to Receive God’s Promises for Your Life
We Can Know God’s Will

We live in an hour when great opportunities have been granted to us, because we know more of the will of God than Christians have ever known before. There has never been a generation in human history that has had the access to God’s will that we do today. Great men and women of God in past generations have spoken forth revelations from God, and these revelations have been preserved in books, records, tapes, and videotapes, so none of us has an excuse for not knowing what God’s will is, let alone for not speaking the perfect will of God for our lives.

God has given us the ability to express ourselves through what we say. He has also given us the ability to block off, reject, and not receive what we hear. He has even given us the ability to hear His Word and not do anything about it! But, thank God, He has also given us the ability to hear the Word, believe it, declare it, and act on it. And when we do that, we will become the most powerful breed that has ever existed! We will become a brand-new breed of men and women, because we have been born again.

No Longer Mere Mortals

We will no longer be mere mortals walking around, blinded by the god of this world, for we are brand-new creatures who have been created in Christ Jesus unto good works.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 KJV

Just a few verses before, the apostle Paul had said:

3 But if our Gospel be hid [if God’s Word is hid, if the words God has spoken through the prophets are hid], they are hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV
A Question Straight From the Garden of Eden

There is one particular diabolical method the devil uses — and has always used — to blind the minds of men, and that’s through words. He’ll ask people exactly what he asked Eve in the Garden of Eden: “Hath God said?” He’ll ask them, “How do you know Jesus is the way to God?” He’ll ask, “How do you know you’re going to get anything from God?” He’ll ask, “How do you know God means you when He gives a promise?” Notice this about the devil: If you take his mouth away, you’ve taken his power away! He’s a dragon. He’s going to breathe fiery words to you that are nothing but lies. He’s a wolf. He’s going to use his mouth to devour the sheep, if he can. He’s as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He’s using his mouth to find himself a candidate for defeat!

So Satan uses his mouth against you. And he blinds the minds of people who don’t believe. Why don’t they believe? Because they believed the devil rather than God. They heard an evil report and believed it.

When God Speaks

If you believe, it’s because you heard a good report and believed it. We just read in Second Corinthians about the God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness. We serve a commanding God; a God who speaks commands.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Genesis 1:3 KJV

The original Hebrew text says, “And God said, ‘Let there become light,’ and light became.”

This shows us something. When God speaks words, they are spirit and they are life! When He sends a capsule of Spirit-filled words, the spirit and life in those words explode to carry out His will and His plan. We see an example of this in the first chapter of John’s Gospel:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5 KJV

Why couldn’t the darkness overcome the light? When you admit even a tiny bit of light into a dark place, you can still see. All you need is one candle in a dark room and the darkness cannot overcome it. Light cannot be extinguished by darkness, but darkness can be blasted by light!

The Light of the World

As we read, the Bible says that “God, who commanded the light to shine...hath shined in our hearts.” Why did God shine in my heart? Not so I could sing a little song about “This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine.”

That’s not why He shined. The light that shined in our hearts is not “that little light,” because He said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14).

So God is not shining His light in your heart to hide it there, and He’s not putting it in there so men cannot see it. It’s in your heart, but it’s supposed to shine in the same strength, brilliance, and glory that a city built on a hill would shine.

God’s Light Shines Through Words

How can we get God’s internal illumination to shine through us? We must use the same method God used to release the life and the light that is in Him — by using the power of words. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

The devil gets nervous every time I get ready to speak. He runs around and works overtime before I’ve said a word. He tells people, “Don’t listen to him!” He whispers in their ears, “False doctrine!” He says to someone else, “Not for you.”

Why does he do this? He’s afraid of what I’m going to say. And if that doesn’t work, he messes around with the sound system. Isn’t that the truth? The devil gets nervous because words are not dead; they are alive! They are spirit and they are life.

Someone may say, “I don’t believe that. I don’t have any power in my words, because God does not want to help me.”

Words have just as much power to bind you as God’s Word has to set you free. In the Old Testament, Moses challenged the children of Israel, “Choose life” (blessing) in Deuteronomy 30:19.

The Test of Faith

In order to choose something God is going to give you, you must believe something you haven’t seen yet. That’s the test of faith.

It’s not a great thing for me to believe that I’ve got a ministry, but it is a great thing to believe that the ministry is going to go beyond what I see in the natural.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” according to Hebrews 11:1. Faith in the now is the substance, the pink slip, the title deed. It is the tangible, visible assurance that proves to me that I already possess what I don’t yet see.

That means I can begin to speak words that declare, herald, publish, and proclaim what I don’t yet see in the natural. That’s where your test of faith is.

Do you want to be victorious in God? Start being like Him. He didn’t say, “We’re hoping light will be,” or, “Let us try our best to make man in our image.” No, God spoke it, and it stood fast. He proclaimed it, and it happened!

God’s Report About Your Future

God said to you and me, “Since you’re made in My image and in My likeness, believe My report.” Have you ever thought about it? God’s report is usually set in the future. God’s report is about a victory you have not yet won. God’s report is about a heaven you have never visited. God’s report is about a prosperity that exceeds your present circumstances. God’s report is about a destiny you have not yet achieved.

When do you believe God’s report? Not when it happens, but before it ever comes. When do you start talking it? Before it ever happens. That demands strength, because it means you’ve got to make a decision to walk and talk faith even when you don’t feel like it.

We can experience a victory in our Christian walk that will last a lifetime, because it’s not dependent upon a special manifestation or an impartation of the Spirit. It is God’s power linked in with your decision that says, “I’m going to hold on to my power through words and act in accordance with the ways of God.”

If we would make that decision, we would begin to conquer every area of our life where we are not victorious, and our direction will be up, up, up. Every day with Jesus would truly be sweeter than the day before.

This is an excerpt from
The Hidden Power of Your Words
by Doctor Christian Harfouche.

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