// Kenneth W. Hagin
It's a beautiful sight to stand on a mountaintop and look down into a valley. But it's a different perspective altogether when you're in that dark valley trying to get up to the mountaintop!
We have probably all had "valley experiences" or times of trouble and hardship. But it is possible to get out of those valleys. God wants us to live continually on the mountaintop of His victory in Jesus Christ!
You have to come out of your valley if you're going to experience the abundant life God intends for you to have. God has provided the way for you to come out of the valley, but He's not going to do it for you.
You have to get yourself out of your valleys—the valleys of sin, past mistakes, financial despair, and sickness—by coming in line with God's Word. Then you have to make confessions based on what His Word says about your situation.
Faith That Receives
The woman with the issue of blood in Mark chapter 5 blasted her way out of the valley of sickness by receiving the dunamis, or the power, of God by faith. She didn't know it, but she was using the same faith principles that Jesus gave us in Mark 11:23. In this scripture, Jesus taught us how to activate God's power to blast away obstacles so we can walk out of any valley the enemy tries to put us in.
23 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.
The law of faith Jesus is talking about here is to believe in your heart what God says, confess it with your mouth, and then act on what you believe. Let's see exactly how the woman with the issue of blood obeyed this spiritual law.
What did this woman do when she heard about Jesus? She said, "I know what I'll do. I'll go to Jesus and touch the hem of His garment. And when I touch Jesus, I'm going to receive my healing" (Mark 5:28). She said it!
First, she believed in her heart that Jesus could heal her. Second, she said it with her mouth. Third, she did something about it. She went to Jesus and touched the hem of His garment in faith. And then she received what she had said was hers! (See Mark 5:25–34.) That's exactly what Jesus said to do in Mark 11:23!
The Bible says, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). Jesus is the living Word (John 1:1). So when this woman heard about Jesus, faith came to her.
In the same way, when we read or listen to the written Word, faith comes to us. That's the only way we can make our faith grow. We don't get more faith by praying for it. The Bible says God has given every person the measure of faith (Rom. 12:3). We don't have to get any more faith. We just need to use and develop the faith we already have!
Faith in God's Word is like a blasting cap to a stick of dynamite. If you throw a stick of dynamite down on the ground and it doesn't have a blasting cap on it, nothing will happen. But once you put a blasting cap on that dynamite, watch out! If you throw it down and that blasting cap hits just right, that dynamite will ignite and explode!
In the same way, when you use the measure of faith according to Mark 11:23, it becomes a blasting cap to the dynamite power of God. Just add that blasting cap of faith to God's power. It will blast you out of any valley the enemy tries to trap you in!
What happens if you hook up a bundle of dynamite sticks to a detonator, put the dynamite on a mountainside, and set off the charge? The blasting caps will ignite, and the explosion will blow a huge hole in that mountain!
That natural example of dynamite can help you understand how to operate the spiritual law of faith. The power of God, which is like the power of a dynamite blast, is available to us. We just have to ignite it with our faith. We do that by believing God's Word in our hearts and
confessing it with our mouths.
You can come out of any valley you may be in right now by blasting your way out with God's Word! There's no use for you to wallow in the muck and mire of sin, condemnation, poverty, or sickness! There's a way out of that mess!
I don't care if the devil has thrown all kinds of obstacles onto the path that leads out of the valley you're in. Jesus already told you in Mark 11:23, "Just believe in your heart and say to any problem or obstacle, 'Get out of my way!' and it will be removed." That's how to blast those obstacles out of your way so you can come out of any valley!
It's Your Choice!
Many people think they need to stay in their valley because God put them there. They think God is a mean Ruler looking down on the earth with a giant flyswatter in His hand, just looking for someone to hit. And every time someone does something wrong, He swats them and says, "Ha! I got you, buddy!" Many people picture God that way. But He's not that way at all!
The devil—the enemy—is the one who's mean! He tries to entangle us in his snares and bog us down in his valleys of defeat. He likes to keep us trapped in the shadows where we can't even see daylight because the mountains are so high.
The devil will hold you captive in his valleys of defeat as long as you let him. You see, it's your choice. You can choose to keep walking in those valleys. In fact, you can be born again, filled with the Spirit, and Heaven-bound, and still live in the valley all your life.
But God doesn't want you to live in the valley of defeat. He wants you to act on His Word in faith, blast your way out of the valley, and live an abundant life in Jesus! Living for Jesus is the greatest life there is!