Central Truth: It was not the giants in the land of Canaan that kept the Israelites out, but the giants of fear in their hearts.

Our text for this lesson, Mark 11:23 which is quoted below, is one that we have used many times in our series of studies on faith, for in it we see the faith formula for moving whatever mountains may be present in our lives. Whether your particular mountain may be sickness, unsaved loved ones, financial difficulties, or family problems, you can find the solution in this verse of scripture. This particular verse is especially meaningful to me as its truths, shed abroad in my heart as a bed-ridden boy of sixteen, brought to me divine healing and set my feet on the pathway to a deeper faith in God.

The last phrase of our text says, “… he shall have whatsoever he saith.” In other words, you can have whatever you say you can have. What you say is your faith speaking. This works in a negative way just as it does in a positive way. We see an example of this in the Old Testament story of the twelve spies who were sent into Canaan to spy out the land.

A Report of Fear

Numbers 13:17, 18, 25, 27, 28, 30-32

17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

18 And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

Of the twelve spies who went into Canaan to search out the land, only two, Caleb and Joshua, were men of faith and vision who said, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” The other ten came back with a negative, fearful report of giants in the land. The Bible called their report an “evil report.” Why? It was a report of doubt and fear. What then is a good report? (A report of faith).

The ten fearful spies were in the majority, and the children of Israel accepted the majority report. When they did this they were saying that they couldn’t take the land. And they got exactly what they said. These spies and the rest of that generation of Israelites, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, never saw the Promised Land. They believed that they couldn’t take it and they didn’t. They wandered in the wilderness until they died. What they said came to pass.

Theirs was an example of faith in reverse. After all, even when you doubt, you are believing something. You are believing in defeat. You are believing the wrong thing. You always get in your life what you believe for and what you say. If you don’t believe what you are saying, then you shouldn’t say it, for it you keep saying something long enough those words will eventually register on your spirit. And once they are registered upon your spirit, they will control your life.

A Report of Faith

Numbers 14:6-9

6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephuneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

8 If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

Notice the good report of Joshua and Caleb. Their trust was in the Lord and their hearts were filled with faith that God was able to bring them into the land that He had promised to their forefathers. Twice in verse 9 they admonished the people not to fear. And what was the result of their report of faith? (They were the only two men of their generation to enter the Promised Land.) You can have whatever you say.

Many people come to me and ask me why they can’t get healed. I always smile and tell them that they have already said they can’t. Their words give them away. You can locate people by what they say.

Before praying for people, I usually try to get them to make some kind of a confession of their faith. I ask them if they will be healed when I lay hands on them and pray. If they answer that they hope they will, I tell them that they won’t, because they are in hope and not faith. Those who have a quick confession full of faith receive almost instantly. Others make a confession with some hesitancy, but that hesitancy is what defeats them. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine.

It is not something big that keeps God’s children from being healed. It wasn’t the giants of the land of Canaan that kept the children of Israel out. It wasn’t the giants that defeated them. If it had been the giants, they would have defeated Joshua and Caleb also. The people defeated themselves by their own thinking, their own unbelief, their own declaration of non-faith.

It is not the giants in life that defeat you. It is not the storms of life that defeat you. If you are defeated, it is because you have defeated yourself. You have defeated yourself by wrong thinking and wrong believing. You have defeated yourself by wrong speaking. You can have what you say.

Caleb and Joshua said that they were able to overcome the giants. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and all the people of that generation who had accepted the evil report of the ten spies had died, Joshua became the people’s leader, and he and Caleb led them to victory. When Caleb came to Joshua and said, “Give me this mountain,” Joshua looked back several years and realized that their talking right had won them victory before. He wanted to locate Caleb, so he asked him if he was able to take the mountain. Joshua wanted to hear his confession of faith. He told Caleb that there were giants in the mountain. But Caleb, full of faith, said that he was well able to take it. And he did.

Many things happen because we expect them to happen a certain way. They happen because we believe it and talk it until it comes to pass. I have found this true in my own experience. Some time ago I read about a scientist who said that when one gets older his brain isn’t as soft as it was when he was younger. It gradually keeps hardening. I reached the place where I couldn’t remember things as well as I once did. I went along this way for a while until I realized that there wasn’t any need for this. The mind is part of my inward being and spirit, and it never grows old. The very moment I started believing right and talking right, I could quote all the scripture I had ever known, and my memory actually got better.

We fail sometimes because we gel ready to fail. We prepare for failure. We think and believe it, and then we do it. As believers, however, we have no business talking failure or doubt. We should talk faith.

Memory Text: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall 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 saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23)
Faith in Action: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only ….” (James 1:22)

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  1. Glory to God in the highest… Thank u father for giving us the key

  2. Praise God fr raising many Generals of faith.
    Just stumbled on this while preparing a message.

  3. Great message indeed.can l get the website for to subscribe for daily devotional form Kenneth hagins ministry..

  4. awesome message lets get talking and begin to turn things around ; has anyone here checked out the ten commandments website ; Sabbath keeping churches ?

  5. Read meditate on his word. Sonko. Pray fervently in the spirit; submit and surrender every sin and the things that so easily beset you and you will know and have God’s will for your life, my brother in Christ.

    1. I strongly believe that whatever I say shall come to pass in my life . The words I speak have power enough to produce whatever I say , so I must always be careful of the words I speak , if I believe in negative things when I speak I will get exactly what I have say , so the same will happen if I speak negatively.
      I must learn to tame my tongue to never say things that I don’t want.
      Mark 11:23

  6. Oh Deuce.. I wish we had Kenneth Hagin Ministries down here in Nigeria. Rev Kenneth E. Hagin – Oh bless his heart – has served as a mentor to me and my little ministry. His books are mind-blowing. I love him to the moon… and back.

    1. Amen!
      You have TBJoshua in Nigeria Lagos, I love that man of God! I watch EmmanueTV all the time, it is such a blessing!

  7. This is powerful I really love every bit of tenses right the title very inspirational

  8. I am a student of Faith I am encouraged by how much Faith the servants of the Lord displayed in dangerous circumstances, and I have realised that that is what the church is lacking and I want to boldly teach about FAITH.

  9. I am so glad to find this Kenneth E. Hagin, faith based teaching Web-site. I have always loved his teachings and those of Charles Capps, and the Copelands, Billye Brimm, and others. I am 73 yrs. young female still believing The LORD JESUS has more anointed Ministry for me to do. I am still believing the LORD will allow me to go to Africa, I am in Very Good Health, and still able to use my Registered Nursing Skills & Preach the Gospel!!! It was just like finding a Pot Of Gold, when I happened upon this Web-page. God Bless This Ministry Continually For The Faith Building It Does In The Kingdom Of God. amen

    1. Why would you want to come to Africa? Is that truly you call?If it is then let’s talk more!!

    2. We the people of Africa (especially Nigeria), will very much be glad to have people like you around. Africa has been so blessed to have great men and women of God graced our land, most recently (November 2017), we were privileged to have Evangelist Bonke with us and we look forward to having more of these great men and women with us in the near future. God bless you

      1. Indeed you are so blessed in Nigeria! You have TBJoshua! I feel so blessed watching EmmanuelTV! My dream is to visit SCOAN one day! God bless you!

  10. I am particularly inspired by this write up. The statement, it is not the giants, storms in life that defeat us. If you are defeated,it is because you have defeated yourself by wrong thinking, bekieving & wrong speaking. You can have what you say are very profound & i suggest that all take note of them & watch our thoughts, since it starts there. I have been blessed-Israel

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  12. I have being inspired by this ministry, i thank God for the insight i have receive. May God keep this ministry strong and sound in jesus name

    1. Author

      Jane – Yes, as long as those desires are included in the promises of God. Faith is the substance of our hopes, and true hopes are desires that have promises to back them up in the word of God. Read this two articles – Do God’s Promises Cover What You Want? – Hagin and Things That Can Be Hoped For.

      Kenneth Hagin articles have to be taken in the context of being submissive to the will of God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes as a divine witness upon your hope as being the will of God.

  13. This article is very very blessed for me while I am reading fully. I am continuing reading your all articles. I believe It will definitely bless me and so many others. God Bless you.

  14. I thank God for this teaching as well.indeed i can have what i say..thank you for teaching me what i did not know, i am ready to learn and change my life by these teachings.please always remember me in prayer (i want to discover Gods will for my life).

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