Conditioned Responses...of the Faith Kind
I love to talk about my youth being renewed, praise God! When someone talks to me about getting old and feeble, it’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull because I’ve built up a conditioned faith response about that. When somebody starts the “old and feeble” routine, I’ll say, “My mouth is filled with the good things of the Word of God so that my youth is renewed. You can do what you want to, Brother, but I’m not going to fall apart in my old age.”
You may think that’s extreme. But I’ll tell you something, until you build up those kinds of conditioned faith responses, you’ll just flow downstream with the rest of the world. You’ll end up drifting into sickness, poverty, depression and all the rest of the devil’s deadly stuff.
You can live above the rotten circumstances of the world if you’ll guard your words. I have faith-building things I say every day of the year. I don’t wait until I’m facing a crisis. I build my faith continually: “This is a ministry that is debt free…. Thank God, we’re a family without tragedy….” I say those things every single day. I even confess Psalm 103 when I brush my teeth!
God calls that putting up “the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16).
Every time you do that, your spirit will get stronger. Your spiritual muscles will get in shape. If you keep on exercising those faith responses, when the devil does send some deadly situation your way, you’ll be ready for it. You’ll be able to deliver the knockout blow that will put Satan on his ear. You’ll be able to resist him and he’ll have to flee from you.
Conditioning yourself to respond in faith isn’t complicated. Anyone can do it. You train yourself in the spirit just like you trained yourself to tie your shoes when you were 6 years old. By practicing.
Practice responding in faith that same way. Work on it. Do it over and over again until it becomes an automatic, conditioned response. If you’ll do that, when you need it, your faith will be there for you.
Speak the Word
“God satisfies my mouth with good things. He renews my youth as the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:5)
Scripture Study: Isaiah 54:14-17