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mountain moving faith:

Keeps a Good Report, -by KENNETH E. HAGIN

V of the Series: The Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Faith)

MARK 11:22-26

22 And Jesu s answering saith unto

23 Fo r verily I say unto you, That

this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart , but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

whosoever shall say unto

them , Have faith in God.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire,

when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 ^nd when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against

any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is

in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Thus far in our study we have covered these four points in this series of lessons:

1) Every believer has a measure of the God kind of faith. 2) This measure of faith can be increased

and by exer ­

by feeding it on the Word of God cising it.

On my knees around that altar I read the

whole book of Mark. It doesn't take long, there are only 16 chapters. I can't tell you why but Mark has always been my favorite Gospel. I

guess

of Mark which brought me off the bed of affliction

where I had lain with two serious organic heart troubles, a body practically totally paralyzed and an incurable blood disease. And so I read this book of Mark again; there is no telling how many times I had read it before.

I had rea d the entire book down through the 16th chapter where Jesus said, "Andthese signs

shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new

shall lay hands on the sick, and

tongues

they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18). I stopped

reading there and I sat down on the floor before the altar bench and was meditating about His saying "These signs shall follow them that "

That's what I was thinking about.

believe

I wasn't even thinking about the 11th chapter

the reason is that it was the 11th chapter

they

3)

Faith is of the heart, and not the head.

of Mark. That was the furthest thing from my

4)

Faith will not work when there is an

mind.

"unforgiveness" about you. And now as we com e to the fifth point, look again at the 23rd verse from our text. Notice that Jesus concluded that verse by saying, " he shall have whatsoever he saith." The fifth point from the "Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Faith" is: Faith must be released in words through your mouth. More than 20 years ago I was holding a revival meeting in the town of Graham, Texas . It was my custom during my meetings in those days to have two fast days a week; Tuesdays and Thursdays were my fast days. On one of those fast days I spent the whole day in the church building reading the Bible on my knees around the altar, walking up and down the aisles of the sanctuary praying, just waiting on God, reading and meditating upon His Word.

After a while I lay down on therug^tefere the altar, meditating on the 16th chapter of Mark. My hands were folded under my head as I lay staring up at the ceiling. Finally I just got to the place where I quit thinking. My mind got quiet. And about that time, on the inside of me, in my spirit, the Lord spoke to me. (You know Psal m 46:10 says , "Be still, and know that I am God " God doesn't speak to your mind, and God doesn't speak to your body. God is a Spirit. He contacts you through your spirit and you contact Him through your spirit. It is easy enough to get your body quiet. But you know how sometimes when you lie down at night to go to sleep and your body gets quiet, your mind can give you a little trouble just wanting to go on and on. But here I had gotten both my body and my mind quiet. And the

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moment I did, that's when the Lord spoke to me—on the inside—just as plainly as any voice I've eve r heard . Now I know it wasn't

seemed as if I could see them as these ministers flashed before my mind. And in every convention, every campmeeting, every revival, I had never

the believing part in order to get folks to see it."

like when I speak out loud to you what you'd hear

heard one—not a single one—preach about the

with your

ears . I didn't hear it with my physical

saying part of faith. Not one single one!

ears—but yet it was just as real.) Way down on the inside I heard these words, "Did you notice in the 11th chapter of Mark and the 23rd verse that the word say in some form is in that verse three times and the word believe is only there once?"

And so I said, "No, I hadn't noticed that." And

began to think. As I sat there in the floor before

Yet Jesus had said to me in my spirit, "You will have to do three times as much preaching and teaching about the saying part as you do

Then I checked up on myself and I'd been doing a little bit but not much along that line.

And I remember that I ros e up to a seated

That was about 25 year s ago. And at

that time

position and said out loud, "No. No, I didn't notice that." (And there is no telling how many thousands,

I began to do what He said to do—to say more about that part of faith. Now look at that vers e again. Let's examine

yes thousands of times I'd quoted those verses .

it. Notice that Jesu s said, "

and

shall not

Because on the bed of affliction at the point of death, nearly all night long I'd say and hang on

doubt in his heart, but shall believe (Now that is, 'believe in his heart.') that those things

to those verses . I'd say them over and over again. There is no telling how many thousands

which he saith (Those your 'words.') "

things which you say ar e

of times I had quoted this verse and I had never

Now, he believes in his heart that those

noticed that. But I am sure that's the way it

things which he saith

shall come to pass. He

is with you. You've read certain Scriptures for year s and then you'll read them one day and something just pops out on the page and you see something you've never seen before. You'll even

believes in his heart and he believes in his words. You believe in your heart, and then you believe in your words. And that gives you power over demons, disease, and circumstances!

wonder why you never saw it before. Isn't that right? God's Word is that way. You have to get

Then Jesus concluded this verse by saying, "He shall have whatsoever he saith." Now what

the revelation of it in your heart . And the reason you hadn't seen it before was that you hadn't gotten it in your spirit.)

real quickly I turned the pages back to the 11th

is it that Jesus says you ar e going to have? Is it what you believe for? No! A lot of people think, "Now if I believe strongly enough for something it will come to pass." Then at the

sam e

chapter of Mark and rea d that 23rd vers e again,

won't

time they keep talking unbelief. And it com e to pass . Jesu s did not say, "He

"For verily I say (You don't count this say be­ cause it refers to Jesus.) unto you, That whoso­ ever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cas t into the sea; and shall

will have whatsoever he believeth." Jesus said, "He shall have whatsoever he saith." Jesus said, "You will have what you say." And just as He said—you do have what you say.

not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that

If you ar e not satisfied

with what you have, then

those things which he SAITH shall come to pass;

check up on what

you

you

ar e

saying. Because all

he shall have whatsoever he SAITH." And there

you have and all

ar e

today is a result of

it was—say or saith—say in some form is in that verse three times concerning the "who­ soever" and believe is there only once. "That's right!" I said aloud. "I had never noticed that before." And then on the inside of me I heard these words, "My people ar e not missing it primaril y in their believing—but where they are missing it is in their saying. They have been taught to believe--but faith must be released in words through your mouth. You can have what you say." After He said that to me, in my spirit, then I

that altar I looked back. All the campmeetings I'd ever attended, every convention and every revival meeting I'd ever been to, every sermon I'd heard preached passed before my mind. It

what you believed and said yesterday. Let that soak in on you. Proverbs 6:2 goes well along this line, "Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth." The margin says, "Thou art taken captive with the words of thy mouth." Many Christians are blaming things off on the devil when actually they are taken captive themselves by the words of their own mouths. They ar e snared with the words of their mouths. One writer put it this way, "You said you could not, and the moment you said it you were whipped. You said you did not have faith, and doubt ros e up like a giant and bound you. You ar e imprisoned with your own words. You talked failure, and failure held you in bondage."

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Too few realize that our words dominate

us. And that is just what Jesu s is saying, "He shall have whatsoever he saith." Never talk failure. Never talk defeat. Never acknowledge for one moment that God's ability or power cannot put you over—because if you ar e talk­

you ar e

ing failure or defeat with your lips,

acknowledging that God cannot and has not put you over. Thank God He can!

Become

"God-inside"

minded. Remember

that I John 4:4 says, "

in

the Greater One is

in you? I believe He is greater than the devil.

Do you? I believe He is greater than the tests and trials that I face. I believe He is greater than the storm I may be facing. I believe He is greater than the problems whidt may be

is

that is in the world." I believe

that is

greater

is

he

you,

than he

in me .

Do you believe

He

confronting me. I believe He is greater than the circumstances which seem to have me bound.

I believe He is greater than sickness and

disease. I believe He is greater than anything and everything--greater than all things! And

that Greater One, according to I John 4:4, dwells

house to house peddling doubt. "See," they'll

say, "it's

School is down, the money's down and nothing's coming in. That preacher is just leading us wrong and now then he has turned around and got the wrong evangelist here." They'll just look around for anybody who has a slop bucket for an ear to

put a little slop in. I

might be getting right by

not going. I told you it wouldn't. Sunday

where some of you folks ar e living. But if I am that's all right. Maybe you'll straighten up and get right—then things will be better. The believer has no business peddling doubt.

Ten of those spies brought back an evil report. The Bible calls it that. What was it? It was a

report of doubt. Fo r you see , God had already told them the land where they were going was flowing with milk and honey. And they brought

back som e of the

giant cluster s of grapes and

pomegranates and figs. And they even said that it was a land flowing with milk and honey but! But! But!

People will come sometimes for help and I

will tell them what the Word of God says and give

and then

them Scriptures concerning their cas e

in

me!

they'll say, "Yeah, I know that, Brother Hagin.

"

Greater

is he that is in you, than he that

I

know

all

those

verse s

ar e in there

but,

you

is in the world." I often ask folks, "What is He doing in you? Is He just a spiritual hitchhiker? Did He just hitchhike a ride through life with

you? Is He just exces s baggage for you to carry?" The answer of course is no. He is in there to help you. He is in there to strengthen you. He is in there to comfort you. Prais e God! He is

in there to put you over.

In the Old Testament there is a proof text of what I am talking about. You will remember that when Israel cam e out of Egypt they cam e

right up to the border of Canaan to a place called Kadesh-barnea. From there they sent 12 spies

to

of those spies brought back an evil report; two of them brought back a good report. There is something here that we need to see. What is an evil report? It is a report of doubt. And a Christian, a believer, has no mor e business peddling doubt than he does peddling dope. Both of them are of the enemy. Some think I am extrem e in my thinking here, but I don't and I'm going to stay with it. And that is, if I were a pastor I would rather have dope peddlers and bootleggers in the church than doubt peddlers. That sounds extrem e but let me explain. You see, if there were dope peddlers and bootleggers in the church and you couldn't get them right with God you could turn them out and everybody would be in favor of it. But you try to deal with some of these old doubt peddlers and see what you get into. They'll go around from

spy

out

the

land. The Bible tells us that 10

can't ever tell what might happen." Oh yes you can tell—everything will happen that God said would happen if you will believe it.

And so, they brought back an evil report. They

ar e giants in the land. (And

there were giants there. ) And in our own eyes we are as grasshoppers in their sight. We're not able to take the land." That was their confession. They confessed what they believed. They be­ lieved they couldn't do it—they said, "We can't do it."—and they got exactly what they said! Fo r Jesu s said, "He shall have whatsoever he saith." Jesu s said that you can have what you say!

said,

"But!

There

The ten spies said, "We can't take the land." And they got exactly what they said. Israel accepted the report of the majority and said that they couldn't take the land. And Israe l got exactly what they said. They wandered in the wilderness till every man over 20 years of age had died.

All

except Caleb and Joshua, that is. Remem ­

bering

that Jesu s said that you can have what you

say, look at Numbers 13:30 to see what Caleb said, "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we ar e well able to overcome it." He didn't deny that the giants were there. No, we don't stick our heads in the sand like ostriche s and think they will go away. No, the giants ar e there, but we are well able to overcome them. Blessed be to God, we are well able to overcome them.

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And now, what did Joshua say ? Joshua said, "Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not" (Numbers

14:9).

Putting together what Caleb said with what Joshua said, their good report was, "We ar e well able to overcome it—the Lord is with us." When you ar e facing the giants of life, don't have a negative confession. Don't talk doubt and have an evil report. Faith always has a good report. "Yeah, but," some say, "I can't do this and I can't do that." Well quit talking about what you can't do—and begin to talk about what He can do. We're well able to overcome—for the Lord is

than he who

with us . Greate r is He who is in us

is in the world. And the Lord has told us, "I will never leave

thee, nor forsake thee." (See Hebrews 13:5.) Yet

a lady came to me at the close of a service where

we taught on faith and truth, crying almost hysterically, "Brother Hagin, I want you to pray for me." "All right, Sister, what is the matter?" "It seem s lik e the Lor d ha s forsake n me. "

"What awful sin have you committed to make Him forsake you?" I asked. "As far as I know," she answered, "Ihaven't

done one thing. But it just seems like the pre­ sence of the Lord is gone from me." "The Bible doesn't say that we walk by 'seems-like'. The Bible says that we walk by faith. And God's Word says that the Lord will never leave you, nor forsake you."

know that," she cried , "but it just seem s

like He has."

"Why you have mor e faith in 'seems-like' than you have in the Bible." "But I know what I feel," she said and she almost got angry. "Yes, but I know my Jesus . Jesu s said it,

it. We cannot be concerned by

what we feel." Thank God for a motto I inherited from the Southern Baptists. I wrote it in red ink on the fly leaf of my Bible as a boy on the bed of afflic­ tion. "The Bible say s it. I believe it. And that settles it." Seems-like or no seems-like. Feeling or no feeling. But if you'll start believing right, and thinking right, and talking right—then it won't be long until you'll be feeling right!

and I believe

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