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In Genesis 2:7, the phrase, "and man became a living soul," is better translated, "a speaking spirit." God created man in His own image with the capacity to speak and communicate.
A leading neurosurgeon has said that the speech center in the brain exercises dominion over the whole central nervous system. He also stated that this is a recent discovery. He said that you can cause different parts of the body to respond with stimuli to corresponding parts of the human brain. However when the speech center is stimulated, the entire central nervous system responds. This means that when anyone says, "I am weak," the speech center sends out the message to the whole body to prepare to be weak. This must be the reason God said, " Let the weak say, I am strong," Joel 3:10.

By Your Words

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
(James 3:2)
Actually, James 3 makes it clear that the tongue controls not only the body, but also the destiny and quality of our lives. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you'd have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.
A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything or destroy it!
(James 3:2-5 MSG)
This may seem to be a new discovery in medical science, but the Bible has revealed this fact for thousands of years. Medical science is finally finding out what the Bible says has been true all along.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. -
(1 Peter 3:10)
The first thing a doctor does when examining you is look at your tongue. When you go to God with a problem, the first thing He say is, "I see the problem. It's written all over your tongue." The speech center is the dominion center for our live. Our words will make us or break us. Our words determine the boundaries of our lives. Our words can limit us or loose us. God gave Adam dominion in the beginning through the power of the spoken word and that has never changed.

The Lord Jesus, the Last Adam, said,
By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
(Matt. 12:37)
Jesus also gave us the classic revelation of how faith works in Mark 11:23 where He said, "Whosoever shall say..he shall have whatsoever he saith." Few people take this revelation as seriously as the Bible emphasizes.

God Touches Your Mouth To Change Your World

Anytime God wants to change someone's life, He touches their mouth. God changes lives through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation! He puts His Words in our mouth to bring life, salvation, and healing. When God wants to change a city or nation, He always touches someone's mouth. God touched Isaiah's mouth with a coal of fire and sent him to speak words that would change a nation. Those words are still changing lives today, thousands of years later! God touched Jeremiah's mouth and changed his life and a nation. The list of people that God used to change a nation goes on and on, but the most important thing is that right now God is touching your mouth and changing your world

Man Is A Speaking
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(Gen. 2:7)
In Genesis 2:7, the phrase, "and man became a living soul," is better translated, "a speaking spirit." God created man in His own image with the capacity to speak and communicate.  The power of speech was a major distinguishing factor between the animal kingdom and man. Man was made a speaking spirit and given authority and dominion. Satan recognizes the power of spoken words and is constantly trying to get man to speak words that contaminate, defile and destroy. A constant war is going on for air time. Satan wants to stop the spoken Word in your personal life as well as in your city or nation.

Your Voice Is Your Ticket Out Of Satan's Dominion

Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.
(Num. 14:28)
The story of the nation of Israel's failure to possess the Promised Land is clearly described in Numbers 13 and 14. Everyone in these two chapters got exactly what they said. There were twelve spies sent to spy out the land and bring back a report. But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, won the war of words when they said, "We are well able to possess the land." Ten of the spies came back and said, "We are not able," and they died in the wilderness. Words are your address in the spirit realm. Your words custom design and specifically shape your own future. Your speech center exercises dominion in your life.

You Have Been Framed

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
(Heb. 11:3)
You often hear these words when working with prison inmates, "I have been framed." The person speaking doesn't realize how true those words really are. The truth is that everyone has been framed. Our words and the words of others have framed our world. Faith is always made up of the spoken Word of God. 

F.F. Bosworth said, "It is impossible to boldly claim by faith a blessing that you are not sure God is offering." You cannot boldly possess things you don't realize are available to you. If your confession is wrong, your thinking is wrong, and you will do without God's best blessings. As we speak the Word of God, it tears down, roots out, builds, and plants. (Jer. 1:4-12) God wants us to speak His words and frame the picture He has for us. He has a custom plan for each of us in Christ Jesus.  
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
(Eph. 2:10)
LEGO: Bible Building Blocks
Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "Whosoever shall say... believe those things which he saith...he shall have whatsoever he saith." He said believe once. He said say, saith, saith, three times. Dad Hagin said the Lord told him that he would have to do three times more teaching on the saying part than on the believing part or people wouldn't get it. The speaking part is vital to faith. Faith is released or put to work by speaking. Again, if you are silent, you lose by default.  

In Mark 11:23, Jesus used three different Greek words to explain the speaking part of faith. The first say is the Greek word epo, which means command. It shows the authority of the believer. The second reference to speaking that Jesus used was the word saith. This word in the Greek is laleo, which means to speak out, use your own voice, and be bold. The third reference to speaking is also the word saith. However this Greek word is lego which means a systematic set discourse.

At toy stores we see Lego sets that contain building blocks for children to construct according to the diagram or picture on the box. Jesus said, "I am giving you a lego set of building blocks that you can use to frame your world according to the picture and diagram I have given to you in the Word of God."

The Bible has given us a set of lego building blocks for salvation, healing, blessing, prosperity, and victory of life. Take the Word of God and build by putting His Word in your mouth and framing your future. "Your success and usefulness in this world will be measured by your confession and your tenacity to hold fast to that confession," - F.F. Bosworth.

In other words, don't just speak the confession, be tenacious as well. God can be no bigger in you than you can confess Him to be. A spiritual law that few people recognize is that your situation and circumstances are not what determine your future. Your words and your confessions actually shape and determine what you are and what you will become.

Source: The Spirit of Faith by Mark Hankins
Excerpt permission granted by MHM Publications

Author Biography

Mark Hankins
Web site: Mark Hankins Ministries
Mark and Trina Hankins travel nationally and internationally preaching the Word of God with the power of the Holy Spirit. The vision of MHM is to take the spirit of faith, the message of who the believer is in Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit to every generation and to every nation. Mark and Trina Hankins have been in full-time ministry for over thirty five years. Through church services, leadership conferences, mission trips, publications, radio, television, Bible schools, and the internet, MHM is reaching the world with the Word of God. Mark is known widely for his unique anointing to minister on the subjects of faith and the believer’s identification in Christ.

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