Ask – Believe – Speak – Receive
When the first study was written, I was not given the entire message. I shortly realized that an extremely important part had been omitted. For any goal to be successfully reached, we must first begin with prayer to ask God’s help. We ask to learn God’s will in what we should seek, then to gain wisdom to know how to prepare for the battle and to gain God’s support. Scripture also tells us that we must fight a spiritual battle to gain the victory.
Eph_6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are told that we must ask in order to receive, and that we must ask for the right reasons following God’s will. That which is asked for in greed or to feed our pride or lusts will not be given. These things are not of God and would not benefit us. When we ask God for help we admit we need Him, believe in Him and honor Him for giving the answer.
Jas 4:2 You desire, and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and cannot obtain. You fight and war, yet you have not because you ask not.
Jas 4:3 You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts.
When Jesus fought Satan in the wilderness, He used God’s spoken word as His weapons. He spoke the living word, believing that it was true. Satan could not argue or stand against God’s word.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Jesus always spoke what he desired to happen:
Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Mat 4:5 Then the Devil took Him up into the holy city and set Him upon a pinnacle of the Temple.
Mat 4:6 And he said to Him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it is written, “He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and in their hands they shall bear You up, lest at any time You dash Your foot against a stone.”
Mat 4:7 Jesus said to him, It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
Mat 4:8 Again, the Devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Mat 4:9 And he said to Him, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Go, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
We bind or loose things using the spoken word which fixes our position and affirms our faith, giving honor to God. When we honor and trust God, God the Father supplies the power for change. When others agree with our position, God’s power is multiplied. Two or three establish the word even as the death penalty was established for criminals during the time of Moses.
Mat 18:18 Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven; and whatever you shall loose on earth shall occur, having been loosed in Heaven.
Mat 18:19 Again I say to you that if two of you shall agree on earth as regarding anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in Heaven.
Doubting indicates a lack of faith and hinders the answer to our prayers being received.
Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
Jas 1:8 he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.
Dan 10:12 Then he said to me, Do not fear, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard. And I have come for your words.
Dan 10:13 But the ruler of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days. But lo, Michael, one of the chief rulers, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
(Persia was representative of a worldly evil domain that was uncaring of Godly things. Persia, Media and Greece were wealthy trading states seeking earthly gain. Michael represented a heavenly guardian angel of Israel.)
When there is a stable faith present and the word of God is spoken anything is possible. Our words become God’s words when we are in agreement with God’s will. We are in unity with God.
Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith and do not doubt, you shall not only do this miracle of the fig tree, but also; if you shall say to this mountain, Be moved and be thrown into the sea; it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
Mar 11:22 And answering Jesus said to them, Have faith of God.
Mar 11:23 For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, Be moved and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said shall occur, he shall have whatever he said.
Mar 11:24 Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and it will be to you. Note that in verse 23 the mountain is being spoken to. It was created by God and must obey God’s will.
Therefore, whenever two faith partners agree together to bind and cast out sickness and infirmity both must speak in faith believing God that what is asked in God’s will is accomplished. All believing partners must agree that their speech will align with God’s word. Conversations between faith partners should continue speaking as though what was asked is received as they build each other’s faith. At the very least, we can agree that “God’s word says ___________ and I believe God, who does not lie.” We also continue speaking to the specific infirmity, reminding Satan that he is cast out and calling the infirmity healed, while praising God. The healing answer begins when we ask in faith. When we believe that it is completed, we can truly testify to God’s power and grace and praise Him even though the answer to the prayer may not have been manifested yet.
Overcoming the devil results from the cleansing of Christ’s blood (which allows God to hear and answer our prayers) and the spoken word of our testimony. Overcoming the devil applies to salvation, healing and anything that is asked in agreement with God’s will.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul until death.
When Jesus fought Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4) He used God’s word as His weapon. He spoke the living word, believing that it was true and Satan could not argue or stand against God’s word.