Whenever we use our Android or iPhones, we become consumers of a computer technology called “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” or WYSIWYG. This technology presents images or icons to the user that represent the application or program you are using. WYSIWYG technology also allows writers to produce work that looks like print on a page.
In the world, people base many decisions upon what they see. Because of this, many apply this principle to their lives.
In the Kingdom of God, though, we don’t get what we SEE, we get what we SAY.
Let’s look at our core text:
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
Many theologians have pondered, “at what point was Jesus conceived in Mary’s womb?” The answer to that lies in the aforementioned Scripture.
We are created in the image of God (to look like Him) and the likeness of God (to speak like Him). In Romans 4:17, Paul tells us that God speaks things that are not as though they were.
Let’s consider that for a moment. God stepped out of eternity into nothing, spoke something, and created everything. Everything that exists began as a thought in God’s mind and was brought into being by His Word.
God has given us the same power. Before any building, ship, car, factory, or anything is built, a thought conceives it and a word sets the birthing process into motion. Let’s take a look at a familiar proverb:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21)
For anyone that doubts this, I pose a question – which is more powerful, a nuclear bomb or the instruction to use it? The instruction, of course! Without an order to use it, it is little more than a big, dangerous paperweight!
When the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought before Jesus (John 8:3-11), the religious folks were looking for Jesus to cosign her execution. But, instead of condemning her, He forgave her. The religious folks were looking for the weight of the law but Jesus demonstrated the superiority of Grace.
When Jesus sent the 12 and the 72 out (Luke, chapters 9 & 10), He commanded them to preach the Gospel and heal the sick. Notice He didn’t tell them that He would do the preaching or the healing but that they would! He delegated His authority to them.
When Jesus and His Disciples were on a ship, seemingly about to sink, Jesus calmed the storm with a Word and rebuked the Disciples for their lack of faith (Mark 4:35-41).
That is what dominion is, delegated authority. God gave it to us at creation and Jesus restored it in redemption.
In Joel 3:10, the Bible tells the weak to say they are strong.
We are to speak things that are not as though they were.
My favorite example, though is when Jesus came into Bethany and saw a fig tree and, because He was hungry, went looking for some fruit and found none. Because the tree was a hypocrite (it had leaves and no fruit), Jesus cursed it (which He had the right to do, because He created it) and the Disciples were amazed by the result.
Jesus had an entirely different lesson for them, though. In Mark 11:22, Jesus says to the Disciples, “Have faith in God.” But the literal translation of this passage is, “Have the God kind of faith.”
Why is this important? Because God doesn’t lack confidence. He and His Word are one and when He says something, it comes to pass! Jesus is telling us to have the same kind of confidence in our words as God has in His!
But Jesus goes further! Watch what he tells them in verses 23 and 24:
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:23-24)
Our problem — as the Body of Christ — is we, generally, do not believe that we already have what we’ve asked for. We’ve been blinded by sight. We are so moved by what we see that we become oblivious to what God has said. Even though the Bible tells us we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), we rely more on our sense knowledge than spiritual revelation.
In this new year, we are going to have to make some decisions. The most critical one is whether we are going to operate according to what God says or what we see. The second is perhaps just as important — are we going to align our words with God’s Word.
We are going to have to do as Jesus did in the case of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:35-42) — tell some folks to “wait outside” until what we believe and say manifests.
In the world people say “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
In the Kingdom of God, we need to learn to say, “I believe it, therefore I see it!”
What you say — not what you see — is what you get!
© 2015 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)