In high school and college, I worked as a deejay at a Christian radio station owned by my church. I so clearly remember sitting at my desk with my oversized headphones speaking to our radio audience: “You’re listening to KMTC 91.1 FM—Keeping you More an a Conqueror.”
At the top of every hour, I announced the time and played the national news, then I gave the local weather forecast for River Valley. In those old-school radio days, nothing was done on computer, so part of my job was to scan the wall of Christian albums for the perfect songs to minister to our listeners. At that time, KMTC was the only Christian radio station that you could pick up in our town, and it was one of the only stations in all of Arkansas that played faith-filled music and teaching from the Word of God. Radio frequencies on either side of ours were nothing but static, so if you wanted to hear what we were playing, you had to tune in to the exact FM frequency—91.1.
Did you know that faith is a frequency? It is only by faith that we tune in to God and He tunes into us. There is only one station that He broadcasts from, and there is only one way we send out a signal to Him—through the faith frequency. The faith frequency is the only wavelength that He rides on. Hebrews 11: 6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Without faith it is impossible to please God. What a huge statement that is! And nothing pleases the Father more than to bless His children. But if we want to receive anything from God, we must pray on the faith frequency, worship on the faith frequency, and live every moment of our lives on the faith frequency. If we want to dial into God, we have to tune in to only one frequency and turn everything else o . James 1:5-8 tells us how to do this: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask IN FAITH, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (emphasis mine).
A double-minded man is someone who listens to two different things. His heart is wavering, moving back and forth between frequencies. He is tuned into two different wavelengths. We frustrate ourselves when we try to tune into faith and fear at the same time—like listening to two different radios in the same room blaring different stations. At some point, we must choose which one we need to hear, and then tune out everything else. A single-minded man tunes into one station at a time, and he hears clear and precise. To tune in is to pay attention, concentrate, and give heed to. Proverbs tells us that if we want to be healed, we must pay attention to His Word and listen to His sayings.
A double-minded man also looks at two different things, but Proverbs 4:25 instructs us, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.” We have to set our face like int: looking in one direction, laying hold of a promise by faith, and keeping our eyes on the prize. This is being single-minded. There have been many times in my life that I have been tempted to waver, especially while standing for my healing. But I heard the Lord speak this to my heart once, and it has stuck with me ever since: “If I can capture your stare, I can change your circumstance.” The key word here is if. If we remain single-minded, believing His Word and wholehearted in trusting Him, we will win every time, for “this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).
So how do you “tune in” to God? If you want to pick up a good signal, you have to have a good antenna. I’ll never forget as a kid watching my dad working out in the garage trying so hard to finagle the two tall metal rods into perfect position so that he could tune in to hear the Arkansas Razorbacks play basketball. At the time, we were living out in the country, and if we wanted to pick up anything at all on TV, we had to do the same thing with that antenna. We’d do anything to keep from missing an episode of Star Trek: e Next Generation. It seemed like such an ordeal at the time, but if we adjusted our antenna just right by propping it up on a few books, tilting it on its side, squinting one eye, and biting our lips, all of the sudden something magical began to happen! The fuzzy static started to disappear as the picture and sound became loud and clear.
An antenna is sometimes called a receiver because it extends out to catch radio waves that are traveling at the speed of light. Your heart is your antenna. With your heart you can reach out to God, tune into His power, and receive all the light He has predestined for you. Sometimes it just takes making a few heart adjustments in order for the signal to come through loud and clear.
I want to give you three characteristics of a heart that is tuned into the faith frequency, a heart that hears clearly and receives freely. First is a thankful heart. Psalm 100 tells us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” A way to “tune out” is to do the opposite—murmur and complain. We can’t be thankful and unthankful at the same time. That’s being double minded! We’re either one or the other.
Thanksgiving is the language of faith.
It is the language of the overcomer! Faith is the only language that God speaks, so if we want to understand Him and we want Him to understand us; if we want to have effective communication and good conversation, we must learn to speak His language.
Second is a genuine heart. It takes getting real with God and believing that He is real to receive anything from Him. Jesus talked about this when He taught the woman at the well what real worship is: “But there comes an hour and it is now, when the genuine worshippers shall worship the Father in a spiritual sphere, and in the sphere of truth. For indeed, the father is seeking such as these who worship Him. God as to His nature is spirit, and for those who are worshipping, it is necessary in the nature of the case to be worshipping in a spiritual sphere, and in the sphere of truth” (John 4:23,24 wuest).
God lives in another sphere, another realm of reality, on the frequency of faith. He is so real and genuine that it takes a genuine heart to connect with Him. If we really want to worship Him and receive from Him, we must put away anything in us that is fake or false and get real with Him. He’s just waiting for us to start up a normal conversation like we would with a friend. It doesn’t take kooky talk and hocus-pocus to conjure up something with Him. It takes simple genuine faith to hang with Him. When we stop pretending, we start receiving.
Third is a willing heart. Our master has a heart like this. When Jesus was in the garden, His flesh didn’t want to go to the cross, but His spirit cried out to our Father, “Nevertheless, THY WILL BE DONE” (emphasis mine).
When I was pregnant with my second baby, we began looking for a new house to t our growing family. I became frustrated because I didn’t know what to do even after I had prayed and asked the Lord for wisdom. Jeremy and I really thought we were supposed to move to Colorado and set up our ministry there, but the more we looked, the more and more frustrated we became. We couldn’t get a witness on anything. So one night as I was putting Justus to bed and praying over him, I opened my heart up as wide as I could and cried out to the Lord regarding the house we needed, “LORD, YOUR WILL BE DONE!” And just as soon as I said that, I knew the answer. Deep down on the inside, I saw a specific house that our friends were living in at the time in a nice neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas. I had never thought of living there before, but in just a few short moments, I knew that was our new house. I hadn’t even been looking in the right state!
A willing heart creates a hearing ear. We had wanted to live in Colorado, but we had to tune in with a willing heart before we were able to hear God’s heart on the matter. I told Jeremy what I saw in prayer, and he called our friends that lived in that house. Come to find out, they were moving out in June, the same month we needed to move in! A couple of years later, the Lord directed us to what is now our ministry property in Texas, which included the fully functioning TV studio that we needed to start LegacyTV. This is what God had planned for us from the beginning of time; we just had to tune in and find it. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.”
We’re not the only ones tuning in to the faith frequency. There’s Someone else out there seeking and scanning the world over to find somebody who believes in Him and who will take Him at His Word. As a teenager, I was fascinated by my friend’s police scanner that could pick up all kinds of frequencies. We would scan and scan until we found something interesting enough to capture our attention. In much the same way, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chron. 16:9). The Common English Bible translation says, “ The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world.” God is scanning for faith. He scans until He hears us on the faith frequency. Faith is so captivating that it causes Him to stop in His tracks, listen to us, and then go to work in our lives.
You don’t have to spend another day trying to hear God through the static and noise. Tune your heart to the faith frequency, and you’ll hear Him coming through loud and clear.