Another effect of the Word of the Lord is faith, that the certainty of knowing a thing is so. Romans 10:17, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Often, when God speaks to you faith happens. And there’s a difference between belief and faith. I believe everything in the Bible. But I’m also going to be honest and tell you this: I don’t have faith for everything in the Bible.
I believe that the dead can be raised. I personally don’t have the faith for that. I believe God could grow my hair back – Amen! Hallelujah!? But I do not have faith for God to grow my hair back. I actually heard a faith healer say one time you need to believe that God will cure your baldness and He will. Quite frankly, it sounded dumb then and it sounds dumb now. I can just see it, “In the name of Jesus grow!” Give me a break, it sounds like a Rogaine commercial! Do I believe God could grow my hair now? Of course I do, I’d be a fool not to. He made my whole body, but I’m also honestly going to tell you I do not have the faith for my hair to grow. I think that’s part of being in a fallen world.
On the other hand, if He shows up to me with some visitation, either in a dream or a substantial encounter in which He speaks into my heart and tells me He’s going to do it, then my belief is going to graduate to faith and I’m going to not just believe that it can happen, I’m going to know that it will happen. That’s one of the things that happens when God speaks. You know it. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Now, I know that hair is a dumb example. But how many times has He spoken to you and given you faith to do what He is calling you to do? We have all experienced that.
In Romans, it is said of Abraham “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what God had promised he was also able to perform.”
An interesting thing about Abraham, he considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He considered himself well advanced in years. But never the less, concluded that God was able. Faith is not the absence of doubt. Faith is the conviction that stares doubt squarely in the face and concludes that what God said, He can do. So the Word of the Lord produces conviction, faith, and also courage, the boldness to stand up for what is right.
Joy is an unquenchable inner excitement that cannot be contained. Jeremiah 15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God almighty.”
Psalm 119:162, “I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.” What would you do if You won the lottery? I mean how silly would you be? How giddy and giggly and happy? Now, I’m using a very carnal example to point out how much more radiant with joy should we be at the treasures we hold in the Bible. “I rejoice at your Word as one that finds great spoil.” May the God of peace fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” One of the things that happens when the Lord speaks to you is joy.
The next effect is tied right to it and that is peace, an overwhelming sense of well-being. Isaiah 48:18 “If you had only paid attention to my commands, your peace would be like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Listen to my voice, pay attention to what I say and your peace will be immeasurable.” And I Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” The more confused you get as you pursue a course of revelation, the slower you ought to go. Because God is not the author of confusion. We ought to just back up and say, “time out. I’m not going any further till you confirm more to me Lord, and make it clearer to me. When that happens, move out again.
Peace. Jesus said, “These things have I spoken to you that you might have peace.” Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
One translation says it will act as umpire, that the peace of God will act as umpire over your heart. That’s a pretty vivid picture considering we go up to bat every day. There’s a lot of pitches that come at us and they all look like something I ought to swing at! And the Lord says, “Let peace be the umpire in your heart.” What’s really good is that the umpire is on your team.
The thought of the umpire being on my team is kind of nice. I can see the pitch coming and he says “Don’t swing at this, it’s a bad pitch, let it go, ball one (again) ball two. You get 4 balls and you’re walking in faith. Let the peace of God act as umpire in your heart.