The distractions do not have to be among the things that I have mentioned as examples: it could be anything that is not necessarily wrong, and even is good. But we ought not to let the good get in the way of the best. There is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1)—not just “hunting season,” “shopping season,” “planting season,” “football season,” “fishing season,” “baseball season,” etc.
By David P. Sanzo
Garnering the Power of Your Spirit
Hebrews 1:3 says that God is upholding all things by the “word of his power.” It did not say that all things were upheld by the power of God’s Word, but rather by the word of His power.
God activates His power by His word. All things are upheld by the word of his power. So we also activate the power of our spirit, by our words.
Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Now we know that faith is a spiritual substance, not a physical one. It is found in the spiritual world.
Therefore to release faith, our spirit man must be involved. It is not simply a matter of speaking a word physically, although that is a start. If the power of the spirit is to be released, the spirit must be speaking the word.
It is not a matter of just saying the right words, though this is better than saying the wrong words. But to activate the faith of God, it must come from your spirit being free from the weights that hinder your will and desire. If you will speak the Word of God from your spirit (your innermost being), then the power of the Word of God can be released.
If all you can do is simply speak the right words, then say them “until it gets into your spirit.” Once it—the message, the concept, or the faith behind the words gets into your spirit, the word will have great effect, calling down the power of God to do what the words say. Jesus said,
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).
Jesus told us that the moving of the mountain was based on speaking the word to that mountain with the faith of God. But when we speak to the mountain, it must come from the heart, the spirit. The spirit must be in agreement with what we say. Otherwise, there is doubt in the heart.
For your spirit to be involved in sending out the Word of God, it is similar to the power of an engine being “gathered together” in one block: if the engine block is cracked or broken, you will get no use from the power that otherwise would have been available from that engine. You must garner all the power of the engine into one place.
In a sense, this is how it is with the operation of faith. You must garner the power of your spirit. Garnering the power of your spirit or your will is accomplished by setting your will free from distractions. You must lay aside every weight that would so easily beset you in this race we are running.