Jesus told the story about the man who went to his friend at midnight to ask of bread. The friend would not get up, so the man just kept knocking until his friend got up and gave him bread. He got what he asked for. Jesus ended the story with these words: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
By Joy Haney
Notice in a portion of the verse in Malachi 3:16 that they not only thought upon the name, but they spoke often one to another. You speak only what is computed into your brain. The whole verse is about fearing the Lord and thinking upon His name, so it is evident what their conversation was about. It centered around the name and the power of the name. The Word was rich to them, not something to be endured, but they ate it as a child would eat cotton candy. It was something to be desired. It was a treat, not only for special occasions, but every day the name was like honey or chocolate. It was never stale, boring, or musty; it quivered with delight on the tips of their tongues.
You get what you say! Be careful what you say, for it shall come to pass. Words never die; they are forever floating in the universe. Scientists tell us that the sound waves set in motion by our voices go upon an endless journey through space, and that, had we instruments deli-cate enough, and the power to take our stand upon some planet years afterwards, we might find them again and recreate the words we spoke. All words are recorded in heaven; yes, even the idle ones.
Jesus showed the power of the spoken faith.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I 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 11:22-23).
The little woman with the issue of blood spoke her healing before she was healed. “For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole” (Matthew 9:21). She talked to herself. Jesus said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” In other words, “The things you have spoken and believed have come to pass.”
Whatever is spoken shall come to pass, if faith is accompanied with the spoken word. The words can be words of doubt or they can be words of faith. Whatsoever he says shall come to pass.
Jesus told the story about the man who went to his friend at midnight to ask of bread. The friend would not get up, so the man just kept knocking until his friend got up and gave him bread. He got what he asked for. Jesus ended the story with these words: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and he that knock-eth it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9-10). Faith was in the voice, purpose, and the knock; faith received, found, and opened the door. Faith always receives and opens doors that are sealed shut.
Jesus told the people that their words formed their destiny. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment, For by thy words thou shalt he justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).