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The Highest Calling of the Church - Faith Part 7
Dr. Allen M. Barber
March 9, 2008

The Law of Appropriating Faith

We are studying how to live by genuine biblical faith in every aspect of our Christian experience. Today's article concerns the Law of Appropriating Faith (remember according to Romans 8:2, the spiritual realm is governed by law just as is the natural realm; therefore, we need to know what those laws are in order to live successfully in overcoming the enemy). As we saw in the Law of Personalized Revelation, real faith begins with getting a word from God, which is called rhema and standing on it. After we receive a word from God, we must believe it (Heb. 11:6). Mark 11:22-24 tells us two important things about faith - speaking to the mountain the rhema received in our spirits until it (mountain) goes away (the Greek text implies a continual speaking; and believing that what we ask for in prayer we have received (past tense). The time for faith to work is when we pray not afterward. We believe that we have (present tense) what we are believing God for at the time we pray. Faith is always past and present, never future. If you are waiting for God to act or waiting for the thing you are wanting to come to pass, it will never happen, for you must believe that you have what you pray for when you pray:

Mark 11:22-25 NKJV

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

The key is you must believe "your very own word" that is based upon the rhema. In olden days, men were more inclined to believe their word because a man's word (when I use the word man, it is a general biblical term that means both man and woman) meant something, not like today when men do not keep their word, but lie, cheat, and steal. I tell you this that I have learned in my *38 years of walking by faith (not always in strong faith - sometimes weak and sometimes no faith at all), God expects us to keep our word in what we tell Him and also others. Failing to keep our word to Him is lying, as it is to other people. Lying can become a habit or just being careless with what we say, and before long, unknowing to us, we do not realize we have created a "mouth" condition whereby the law of faith does not work for us. We must establish (this is extremely important) a pattern or habit of keeping our word as well as believing our word for faith to operate in our lives.

Faith is not always present tense - what we are saying at the moment, but how we have conducted our lives up to the present time. Is there any biblical concept for that? Yes, read the life of Saul where he continually failed to keep his word and obey God. As a  result God rejected him and removed him as king of Israel (even though God allowed him to remain as king for 40 years, his life and rule were practically useless). Many modern day ministers occupying pulpits today do not realize their ministries count for little because they do not keep their word, but break promises and lie often. The same is true of the saints. When we tell someone something no matter how small, we are to keep our word. A lot of stressed out kids today are psychologically impaired due to parents failing to keep their word. Children learn not to trust their parents because of many broken promises and we wonder why our children are killing each other.

You must believe the mountain or problem in your life has already left you as you continually speak to it. This is real genuine biblical faith. You are telling the mountain you have a word from God (rhema) therefore it must leave. Because you believe it, you keep speaking to it until it is gone. When you pray, you also know in the spirit (have the confidence) that your request has been heard and the answer received "then" not later. I John 5 expresses this truth:

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Notice the petitions we have is in the present tense "at the time we pray" and ask for the will of God to be done in our lives. Asking anything according to the will of God involves both the logos (written general revelation of the Word) and the rhema, (personalized revelation). Once we have the rhema based on the logos, we can believe God and confess the word of faith out our mouths. It is unfortunate that a segment of the Charismatics have corrupted these passages making them strictly a materialistic concept rather than a high spiritual principle for living faith 24/7.

Manley Beasley shares that the great man of faith of past years, R.A.Torey, had a problem believing Mark 11:24 - that when you pray, you must believe you already have it. Then he says, "Mr. Torey decided it was not important what he thought, but what God said and chose to believe the text. Many books on the life and works of R.A. Torey prove he lived an extraordinary life of faith. Much of God's truth seems foolish to the natural man and carnal Christian, yet we are to obey the Word of God with childlike faith. When a young child responds to his father's command to jump into his arms from a high position, he does not hesitate because he has firm faith that his father will catch him. This is the kind of trust we are to have in the Word of God. We are to believe the Word of God not because we even understand it, but because IT IS THE WORD OF GOD!  If God says it, we can believe it! When we believe it, we have it!

I recently had a conversation with a young lady who was diagnosed with an unusual illness (the doctors had no clue to the cause) concerning faith for healing. She claimed to be a Christian, but she was trying to have it before believing it. Her comment was the kind I hear a lot from professing Christians, "If it is God's will, I know that He can heal me." That statement has doubt written all over it. God has already said in many places in His Word that it is His will that we be healed (Isaiah 53; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24 and several others). That is the logos word; then we ask God for a specific or personal word for our healing, which is the rhema word and when He gives it, we speak it out our mouth over our bodies and against the sickness until it is gone. I tell you that I have done this many times and watched serious illness leave my body - rarely the first time I confess it, but after continual speaking the rhema word.

My wife and I watched the rhema word of God cause a large lump in her breast and the discoloration in the external skin (all symptoms of breast cancer) vanish within one month. We observed the lump grow smaller and smaller and become softer (when she first discovered it, it was hard as a rock - another symptom of cancer). At the end of thirty days, she called me into the bathroom with a big smile on her face to show me the lump was completely gone. This is why I pay no attention to those who attack me for my teaching on "Speaking faith" based on rhema for we know it works. If someone wants to deny the truth of Mark 11:22-24 just because the "name it and claim it" bunch have misapplied it, and remain sick, then do so, but for me and my household, we will live by faith that is in our heart and in our mouth.

Some say that believing the Bible according to Mark 11: 22-24 is presumption and actually putting God on the spot. I have read several articles and books written by the intellectual so-called Bible scholars who have no clue of the spiritual realm and attempt to discredit those who choose to believe God and do what He says. Speaking to the mountain and believing you have the petition the moment you pray is not putting God on the spot or presumption, but cooperating with Him. Manley Beasley says, "The problem with people who disbelieve Mark 11:22-24 is their faith is not based on truth from God, but their opinions (there is a plethora of human opinion today in the body of Christ that is not the truth of the Word and the saints are living by their carnal opinions not what God has said). If our faith is not grounded on the Word of God, it is not working faith - it will not work for you or anyone else!  Moreover, "if your faith is not working, then it is you and not God who needs to adjust!

Manley relates his experience with his illness and says, "That in 1970 he was in the hospital with seven terminal illnesses (not one, but seven in his body at the same time). The doctors told him he was going to die, but God told him he would live to see his children's children (Psalms 128:6). For months he continued to die, but he refused to doubt the promise God gave him from Psalms 128:6 (a rhema word). The fact that he wrote his booklets on faith in 1978 proves the doctors were wrong. Manley defined faith as, "Believing it is so when it is not so in order for it to be so because God has said it is so."

I shared this before, but the leading liver specialist in Dallas, Texas, told me in the summer of 1975 that I had incurable liver disease and dodged my question when I asked him how long I had to live (I was a young man at the time with my full life ahead of me). When a liver specialist tells you that you have incurable liver disease and will not answer your question about life expectancy, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the answer. On my face before God in our bedroom, the Lord gave me a rhema word from Hebrews 13: 8 - "Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever" and the precise word I heard in my spirit man was to get up off the floor and walk in divine health. I did and have been healed of incurable liver disease for **33 years. I have never taken any medicine or been hospitalized for liver disease since God gave me the word for my healing. I had my liver checked about five years ago and it was normal. Our God is the healing God, but we must believe His Word for it to work in our lives.

May the Lord bless you and teach you how to walk by faith - the kind that works!

The above article is my own experience as well as excerpts  taken from Manley Beasley's booklet, Faith Workbook No. 2. 

Note: Since writing this as I have shared on this website, I was diagnosed with chronic Atrial Fibrillation in 2010 and previously in 2009 of an enlarged root aorta and had heart ablation surgery in 2011 and 2012 to correct the A-Fib (irregular heart beat). Unfortunately the surgeon was not as skilled in this type of surgeon as he claimed. In 2013, I was blessed to have the leading electrophysiologist in Dallas, TX, Dr. Brian Deville, perform the third surgery. I am now about 100% in normal rhythm and have been for 2 years.

I asked God for a rhema for my healing and he gave me Proverbs 14:30 where the Hebrew meaning of sound heart is "to heal by medicine", specifically by "stitching". The secondary root meaning is "to correct a disturbance and an interruption", which describes what A-Fib does - it interrupts and disturbs the heart beat causing it not to beat normally.  While the Lord did not heal me this time apart from medical help, He did heal me by faith in His Word.  After King Hezekiah was given a word through the prophet Isaiah that God was going to extend his life by 15 years, the prophet told him to apply fig leaves on the boil, so God used a rhema word and a physical treatment to heal Hezekiah. The greatest healing comes without medicine, but sometimes due to our own weak spirit and faith, God will use medicine to heal us.

I know why God did not heal me strictly by a Word of faith this last time, but told me to have the surgery. However, most of you could not handle it so not wanting to weaken your faith by a misunderstanding, I will keep it between me and God.

 *This April 2015, I will be 44 years old in the Lord and still learning to walk by faith.

** Healed of liver disease for 40 years (1975-2015).  The disease is still in my liver (granduloma of the liver) but it remains dormant, that is, never been hospitalized or sick because of liver disease.  The rhema word of God keeps my liver functioning normally.  Every time I have a physical (annually), the doctors point out that the liver bilirubin level is elevated (abnormal). However, I just tell them it is not a concern for the Great Physician has it under control.