No matter what your need is today—finances, healing, promotion or a miracle in your family—only one thing is needed to bring it to pass: fully persuaded faith. The good news? You can activate your fully persuaded faith today and start taking what rightfully belongs to you.
What kind of faith does it take to move the mountains in your life? The money you need, the healing you’re seeking, the family restoration you desire so deeply…what kind of faith will deliver it into your hands?
Fully persuaded faith.
What is fully persuaded faith?
It is highly developed faith—the kind that cannot be moved and always takes the victory. It takes possession of everything that grace has made available and doesn’t leave anything on the table.
When you find out what it means to be fully persuaded, and what it takes to stay that way, your whole life will change. When you look past your circumstances, take God at His Word, and obey without hesitancy, you will activate fully persuaded faith and see manifested victory every day.
1. Look Past Your Circumstances
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body.” –Romans 4:19 (KJV)
Have you ever noticed when you begin to stand on the Word of God, your circumstances seem to cry out all the louder? Symptoms in your body seem stronger than ever, your bank book shouts, “Mayday!” and your family seems to get along even less! Why? If the devil can get you to focus on your circumstances, or what seems real in the natural, he has your eyes right where he wants them—off the Word of God.
He knows if you’re looking at natural circumstances, that is likely what you’ll speak. And whatever comes out of your mouth is what will come to pass. That’s spiritual law. So, whatever has come out of your mouth in the past is what you’re living right now.
You might say, “Well, I don’t believe that.” Not believing it doesn’t make it any less true. A law is a law. At one time, people didn’t know what gravity was. They had all kinds of ideas that you could fall off the earth in one place or another—they really believed that. But just believing it didn’t make it true, because there is a law of gravity. Spiritual law brought that law into existence, and it’s the same spiritual law that gives your words power.
Abraham received the promises of God again and again, because he was fully persuaded and refused to look at his natural circumstances. When God promised to make him the father of many nations, he didn’t consider his own body, his feelings or the medical facts. He only considered what God had said. He was fully persuaded.
Another great example is the time when Smith Wigglesworth went to visit a church member whose family member had recently passed away. Smith and his wife went to pay their respects. When they arrived, there were two glass French doors separating the entry from the parlor. Behind the glass doors was the dead man lying in the coffin. Smith walked in, didn’t say hello to anyone—just opened the glass doors, walked up to the coffin, yanked the lid open, and pulled the man out of the box. He stood him in the corner, pointed his finger at him, and said, “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” The man slid down the wall. He went over, caught him by the suit, picked him back up and said, “I said, walk!” He slid down on the floor again.
Finally, Mr. Wigglesworth went over, picked him up, threw him in the corner and said, “I said, walk!” And the two of them came walking out of the parlor, shouting, praising and glorifying God.
That’s the definition of looking past circumstances and being fully persuaded!
2. Take God at His Word
“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” –Romans 4:21 (KJV)
Most of us truly desire to believe—fully believe—God’s promises. We want to receive them, we want to be fully persuaded. Yet, often, the battle is on to defeat unbelief and walk in that perfect faith that doesn’t doubt for a moment.
So, how do you get to the place where you are fully persuaded?
If it came by praying for it, Jesus would have said so. But it doesn’t. You have to reach out and take it. The kind of faith you need comes only one way: by hearing the Word of God. You can’t feel it coming. If you’re trying to recognize it by the way you feel—you’ll miss it.
Being fully persuaded means you know that something is God’s will for you. How do you know if something is God’s will? By whether it happens or not? No. The Word of God is the will of God. All the promises of God are yes and amen. So why would God promise you something that was not His will for you to have?
When you’re fully persuaded, nothing can keep you from taking God at His Word. No “fact” is bigger than the truth in your mind and spirit, and you cannot be moved.
Abraham never moved from God’s promise that he would be the father of many nations, even when natural circumstances continued to challenge the promise after Isaac’s birth.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” –Hebrews 11:17-18 (NIV)
When you take God at His Word, if you see or feel something that is opposite from the Word, you will not be moved by it because you are moved only by God’s Word. You see, Abraham wasn’t “trying” to believe God—he wasn’t just mentally assenting to it. He had immersed himself in God’s Word until that Word was more real to him than the things he could see.
If you don’t have that kind of faith for healing or finances or anything else right now, then stay in the Word until you get it! After all, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, KJV).
Read, study, meditate, listen to good, faith-filled teaching, watch the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcasts EVERY DAY until God’s Word about your situation is more real to you than the circumstances you can see with your natural eyes. Keep on keeping on until, like Abraham, you don’t stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but grow strong in faith as you give praise and glory to God (Romans 4:20, KJV).
Being fully persuaded does not come by experience in the natural—it comes from being rooted and grounded in the Word of God.
3. Obey Without Hesitancy
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” –Hebrews 11:8 (NIV)
Some people want all the answers before they obey God. They want everything to make sense and feel safe before moving forward. They want to know what they’re getting into. There’s just one problem—that’s not faith!
When God gives an instruction, He rarely gives us the full blueprint of the plan ahead. He expects more. Think of all the people in the faith hall of fame—Hebrews 11—who were given instructions that made no sense in the natural. Noah could have questioned the idea of building a giant ark, using a lot of resources, and risking his reputation, when rain had never before been seen on the earth. Moses could have abandoned the whole exodus plan when Pharaoh said no time and time again. The Israelites could have resisted the order to march around Jericho seven times to get victory, when it didn’t make much sense in the natural.
Yet, each of these faith heroes obeyed God without hesitancy—and they all got the victory. Moving forward without all the answers was the only way they were going to reach their destination—the promises of God.
It may seem safe to sit back and wait to see the full picture, but it can be dangerous both physically and spiritually. That’s where Corrie ten Boom was when she said, “The center of His will is our only safety.”[I]
When the Lord first called Kenneth Copeland into ministry, He instructed him to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. But Kenneth didn’t want to go back to school, and all he could see was the financial distress he and Gloria were facing.
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Common sense told him if they couldn’t make a living working six days a week, they certainly couldn’t survive his going to school. (Common sense will keep you bound to the natural when it’s time to step out in faith.) So, he didn’t obey.
When a pastor friend invited him to lead worship at a church in Houston, he accepted. But as he and Gloria, along with their two small children, headed back to Fort Worth to pack for the move, they were in a terrible car accident.
Kenneth recalled it this way: “You could have named me Jonah. I fit every symptom of Jonah. I was going in another direction and we had this terrible, horrible car wreck. Now don’t you ever get the idea that God brought that car wreck on us. No, no. I brought that car wreck on us.”
Gloria was sick with the flu, and Kellie, just a toddler, was in shock. John was a 4-month-old baby who suffered a broken arm and four broken ribs. As Kenneth sat in the hospital with his family, he began repenting and asking God to forgive him for being a Jonah—one who delayed obedience.
As he repented for his disobedience, he felt the power of the Lord come upon him. As it did, healing came into the room. Baby John finally fell off to sleep, Gloria went to sleep and Kellie went to sleep—all of them peaceful. Right then, he agreed to obey the Lord and go to Tulsa—not Houston.
There’s safety in obeying God, and stepping out of His will can put you in danger. When you’re fully persuaded, you won’t hesitate to follow orders. God is the Master, and when He gives orders, we are to obey them immediately!
That’s the kind of faith that is pleasing to God—to have faith in the One who gives the orders. That’s why Jesus was so impressed by the faith of the centurion in need of healing for his servant.
Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this, they do it.” (Matthew 8:7-9)
To live fully persuaded, you need to become a person who understands what it means to be under authority—who knows how to obey orders. You are not just a child of God—you’re a soldier in the army of the Lord, and your promotion comes from following orders.
That means we can’t go AWOL (absent without leave), and expect to see a manifestation of THE BLESSING in our lives.
Have you gone AWOL?
Did you go AWOL from a church you were called to be in because they didn’t treat you like you wanted them to? Were you called to be in a certain city, but you didn’t stay or didn’t go? Are you loving others the way you love yourself, and loving fellow believers as God loves them?
If you haven’t been obedient—repent—and get right back where God told you to be, and quickly! The centurion was a man under authority, and who had been given authority. When he said, “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed,” (Matthew 8:8) his feelings had nothing to do with it! The same goes for you—your feelings don’t have anything to do with your obedience. When God says it—you just obey!
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When you look past your circumstances, take God at His Word, and obey without hesitancy, you will activate fully persuaded faith that brings manifested victory every time! You don’t have to live in the here and now, with only what makes sense to the world. You can live a life that supersedes all reason and expectation. You can live in victory!
[i]The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherrill, Chosen Books, 1971.
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