The Principle of Faith

For verily I [Jesus] say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto 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. (Mark 11:23)

Once I invited a pastor to go with me to a preaching engagement in California. This pastor was fifty-six years old. At the age of thirty-nine, he discovered that he had diabetes. So for seventeen years, he had given himself a shot of insulin every day.

This pastor was a good man and had a wonderful church. But somehow, he had failed to grasp healing. Now I didn't talk to him personally. I think that sometimes people are sitting around waiting for God to initiate something. And sometimes God does initiate something on His own. But people don't have to just sit around and wait on Him.

I wanted to teach this pastor about the authority he has in Christ. I know the authority I have, and as long as a person is with me, I can exercise that authority. But when someone is on his own, he has to exercise his own authority.

That's the reason things will happen many times in healing meetings - because people's faith is at a high and everyone is believing God. As a result, people get healed. But if people don't develop their own faith, they can lose their healing.

As we began our trip to California, I said to this pastor, "As long as you're with me, you'll not register any abnormal levels of sugar." I said that in faith. I didn't say that because I was led of the Lord to say it. I didn't say that because I was inspired to say it.

Many times people think that the Word will work if it is quickened to them. Well, sometimes God's Word is quickened to us, and it does work; that's true. But we make a mistake in thinking that's the only way it works, and that it always has to be that way.

I said that to my pastor friend because it is a faith principle. And faith principles work in the spirit realm just like natural principles work in the natural world. I don't have to get inspired to use the natural principle of the multiplication table. Three times three is nine. I know that.

Similarly, I can use the principle of faith at any time to receive the blessings of God.

Faith principles work! I exercise my authority in the spirit realm, and according to Mark 11:23, I can have whatsoever I say!