Les Nessman’s Kind of Faith

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22-24 NKJV

From 1978 through 1982, CBS aired a situation comedy called WKRP in Cincinnati[1], which centered on the trials and tribulations of a struggling AM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was truly hilarious, and unlike most sit-coms today, it was family-friendly with only the occasional mildly-suggestive gag line. Those were the days.

One of the funniest elements of the show involved the nerdy, obsessive newscaster named Les Nessman and his futile campaign for a real office with walls and a door. Les was so convinced that he deserved an office that he marked out a masking tape office floor plan around his desk; he even left a break in the tape for the door. Contributing to the humor in Les’ unfulfilled dream was the fact that he continually reminded the other characters to use the “door” upon entering and exiting his “office.”

To Les Nessman, there were real walls, a real door, and a real office. He used the “door” and insisted that the other characters do likewise. Les Nessman never got a real office, but throughout 90 episodes over four years, he had real faith.

Les Nessman exercised faith that Jesus tells us to use in Mark 11:23-24. While there was no indication that Les “had faith in God” for an office (see Mark 11:22), Les obviously “believed in his heart” that his masking tape outline was an office, should be an office and would be an office. He called it an office and insisted that the other characters so.

What do you really want? If what you really want is promised in God’s Word, you need to develop “Les Nessman” faith. The good news is that such faith in God’s promises is real life, not a sit-com. All of God’s promises are sure (see 2 Corinthians 1:20), and when you ask “anything according to His will, He hears [you]” (see 1 John 5:14-15). Whether or not you will have what God has promised is not up to a director, a screenwriter, a production company or a television network – it’s all up to your faith. Just as Les Nessman’s masking tape was the substance of the office he hoped for and the evidence of the walls no one could see, your faith must become the stuff that your desires are made of and the proof that they do exist. You must speak that faith and believe in your heart that what you say will happen – then you will have what you say. Be an “imitator of God” (see Ephesians 5:1) and “call those things that be not as though they [are]” (see Romans 4:17).

See and call yourself healed and active. See and call yourself prosperous and able to bless others. See and call your loved ones saved and serving God. See and call your marriage like heaven on earth. See and call your kids behaving well and achieving their dreams. By faith, see and say that all of God’s promises coming to pass in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t be concerned with how things appear or what they feel like to your natural senses. Let your faith be real. Let it be substantive and evidence that you already have everything that God has promised to you. God’s Word is true, not make believe; therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you can see and call every one of your hopes and desires fulfilled in the natural.

I’m convinced that if Les Nessman were real, he would have been given his office years ago, and if Les could do it, so can you.


[1] WKRP in Cincinnati, MTM Productions (1978-1982), full credits available at http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKRP_in_Cincinnati (last visited Thurs., June 28, 2012).




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