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The Word is the highest authority. It has more credibility, it has more meaning, it has more power, and it has more ability than anything else there is. If we think we can get into heaven because of what we did, because of our church attendance, or because our good works outweigh our bad works - well, none of the things that you do can hardly even begin to pay for what God does for you. But thank God because of what Jesus has done for us.

If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. And all things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. He has already done it, he has reconciled us. God has taken care of the wall of sin that was between us and him, our sin keeping us from being able to commune and fellowship with the holy God. Because of what Jesus has done for us, God said that we can have fellowship with him. If you are reconciled with God, then God considers you to be holy and worthy.

The reason why Jesus came and died in the first place was because you were worthy. In the eyes of God you were worth all the effort, you were worth the blood, you were worth the word going forth, you were worth prophets prophesizing for thousands of years. As far as God was concerned there is nothing in the earth that is more worth saving than you. And that is why God will not give up.

If you are backsliding and won't listen to God, I guarantee the Holy Ghost is still going to be after you until you take your last breath. God is going to keep sending somebody to you to share the word of God with you because God thinks you are the most wonderful thing in the earth and you are worth saving. God wants man to be with him for all eternity. God has reconciled to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

I was reading the Bible by myself in my mother's basement and the Holy Ghost led me to two passage scriptures. It led me to Luke, Chapter 11. It said that if a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a Father will he give him a stone? No. Well, if he asks for a fish would he give him a serpent. No. It said, well if he asks for an egg will he offer something else? No. Then it says in verse 13, "if ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him."

I read that and I thought, "Well, he said he is the Father and that if I was a father with my children, I know how to bless them, how much would the Father bless me if I just asked him?"

Then the Holy Ghost led me to Mark 11:24 which says, "What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe." Then the light came on. It said believe that you receive then you shall have them. And it was like the sun came in the room. My problem was not that I was unworthy, and my problem was not that God was withholding from me what he had promised to me. My problem was I wouldn't believe what he said. So I had to accept the highest authority.

I lifted my hands in the basement of my parent's house and I said, "Father I thank you, I believe that I receive the Holy Ghost," and before I got the words out of my mouth, I started speaking with tongues. It was just that simple. See, the word is the highest authority, Praise God! See, you are a child of God, and he loves you and he has made it real easy for you to receive anything from him.

Now, when a believer puts God's word in their mouth, and they put forth the word of God against the circumstance some action is going to happen. There is greater authority in the word than what you are looking at. God's word says are healed. You know what his word says about your bankbook? It says that it runs over. It says that windows of heaven are open and blessings pour out and you don't have enough to receive.

God's word has more authority than what your bank account looks like. God's word has more authority than what the doctor's report is, and God's word has more authority than a husband who acts like a heathen. The Word of God says that love never fails, glory to God!

His word is enough. If he said go to the other side, you can do it. If he said I am calling you to full-time ministry, then you can do it. If he said I want you to witness to so and so, you can do it. God doesn't waste words. Anything that God says to do always has an anointing and power to get it done.

When you obey God, get your head out of the way. If he told you to do it, you can do it. Anytime Jesus tells you to do something, you can be sure the devil is not going to say, "Well Jesus said it that is it." If he heard Jesus tell you to do something, he is going to do everything he can to try to get you to back up. Now he knows he can't get Jesus to back up. The power is there, he has got to get you not to get active on what he said. So he is going to provide some bumps for you, some lumps for you and some wind. Winds produce waves. Now just because waves are coming, you have got to be cool.

Those waves are a testament. They are a compliment, Praise God. You got the word and the devil knows you will carry it out if he doesn't get in there. That is an attitude adjustment. Satan is just waiting for one time when you get off it. He knows he can't do anything to you because the anointing of God has got you surrounded as long as you are with the Word of God. See, you got an "X" on your chest, you are marked, not to be filled with fear. Jesus said the way you believed it is just the way you are going to get it.

When you are acting as though the word is the final authority, the victory seemingly comes in front of your eyes. It is an expression of faith. You don't get to victory and then look back, you look for bigger mountains to conquer. God takes you up, up. We read in Psalm 105 that "thy word is a lamp to my feet." It is the flashlight, glory to God, it is the light unto my path, when seemingly darkness is all around me. All I need to do is shine the word, I can see which way to go. The word will stand firm in the middle of test and trials.

The word of God is the truth. Now something else may be a fact, but the word is the truth. It may be a fact what the doctor said, but the truth said you are healed. It may be a fact that your bankbook says empty, but the truth says, "My God supplies all your need according to his riches in glory."

The facts may be you aren't strong enough, but the truth said "greater is He that is in me." It says you are more than a conqueror through Him that loves you. It says, thanks be unto God which always causes you to triumph. That is the truth and that truth is greater than the facts, glory to God. If you get the word in you and then get the word out of you by your mouth, something big is going to happen.

Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "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 says come to pass, he shall have whatever he says." Believe God that you are going to have your bills paid and then you will have so much left over you will be able to help somebody over here, and bless somebody over there.

You are going to have what you say, and I am here to tell you the will of God is not a problem. His will is already down, His will is that you be blessed coming in, blessed going out, blessed in the city, blessed in the field.

Now, you better start thinking about what you have been saying. You better start thinking about what you have been saying, what you really want to happen and line them up. If it is in line with the word of God, you have all the authority you need.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing about the word of God. You stay with that until you come to the place that is so locked in your heart. When you get your heart established on it and say with your mouth, you will have it. Speak out loud to the devil concerning your marriage, concerning your family, concerning your body, concerning your money, concerning God's will for your life. Say it with your mouth: "In the name of Jesus I profess God's word over my life, not only am I healed, I walk in divine health, glory to God. I thank you Father, hallelujah. God's perfect will shall be manifested in my life completely. In Jesus Name, I thank you for it dear Lord. Glory to God." The word is the final authority.

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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