Too often, the full potential of our lives remains unfulfilled. Perhaps even you have not received the fulfillment of prophetic words which were spoken over your own life long ago. Should you continue to wait for God to sovereignly act on your behalf or should you do something yourself? The answer is this: you must do both at the same time. Have faith in God, and do not stop working or acting in agreement with your faith.
Acting is Believing
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:28-29 ESV
God’s works are His will being made evident through demonstration. It can be said that in order to see God’s works demonstrated through our lives, we must believe Jesus. Believing is not a passive feeling or a mental agreement with something that you were taught was true. Believing is faith in action.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 ESV
You have probably read this scripture thinking that when you finally believe, then you will actually be able to do the things that Jesus did. Consider looking at it differently. When you put faith into action, you will be demonstrating that you believe Him. Your works or actions reveal what you believe. In other words, you are already acting on what you actually consider to be true by faith.
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 ESV
Boldly stepping out to do the things that Jesus did will demonstrate that you believe Him, and God will act when you do. As far as He is concerned, “it is finished”. He is looking for faith in action.
The Walk of Agreement
Jesus not only put His faith into action, but He also acted in agreement with the prophetic words that were spoken over His life. He intentionally aligned His life and took action in agreement with those prophetic words. Jesus even deliberately did things in certain ways. He took specific action, ordering His steps in agreement with the prophetic words.
In Matthew chapter thirteen, Jesus explained to his disciples that the reason He spoke to others in parables was to fulfill what Isaiah prophesied concerning them, that they would hear but not understand. He spoke clearly and plainly to His disciples, but He only spoke in parables to others. He could have easily spoken plainly to everyone, but He chose to act in agreement with the prophetic word.
Several times throughout the gospels we read that Jesus said something to the effect of, “in order that the scriptures might be fulfilled”. Each time he deliberately chose to take action based on faith in God and the prophetic word, He was aligning His life and actions according to the Father’s desires. By aligning Himself accordingly, He made room for the prophetic word to become a fulfilled reality in and through His life.
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3 NKJV
God will never come into agreement with you. You must agree with Him. In order to walk with God, you may need to go back to the place where you took a wrong turn and started blazing your own path. Put yourself back into a walk of agreement with God and His plans for your life. Then begin to walk again on the path that He has prepared for you.
Walking God’s path for your life, as Jesus did, requires surrendering every bit of your self and life to God, including every ambition and desire other than for Him alone. You must even surrender the right to do whatever you or anyone else thinks is good and reasonable for your life, and instead choose to order your life in the way that God desires. That is what it means to have faith in God, and to enter into His rest.
Surrender is the inward, spiritual action of entering the restful place of faith in God. True faith is impossible apart from surrender. Therefore, your faith can only be released to the degree that you surrender your self and your life to God, but it is acting on that faith that makes God’s will evident through demonstration.
Physical Action Finishes Faith
Living and acting out of that surrender is often hard work, but it creates the ideal conditions for the power of God to freely flow out from within you. Notice the words, “hard work”. Putting surrender and hard work together may sound like a contradiction, but it is not. Surrender is a spiritual action, while the hard work is physical action. You may be good at doing one or the other, but the key is doing them both together.
Remember this: physical action finishes faith. One is useless without the other. Without action, faith will eventually decay and rot until the death of doubt completely destroys it. But without faith, action is completely futile and worthless.
So by ordering your steps and aligning your life to be in agreement with God and the prophetic words spoken over your life, you put your faith into action. This releases the glory of God over your circumstances and gives God the opportunity to fulfill His promises concerning you.
God is longing to fulfill everything He has always intended to do in, through, and for you. He only requires that you believe. So have faith and take action. Surrender and work. Only believe.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.