The Word of Faith
“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:8-10
In Paul’s thesis to the Roman church, he made mention of the word of faith and taught that it operates by believing and speaking. In this case, believing the word of God and speaking in agreement with that word. To say the same thing in agreement with another is what is known as confession. Christianity is also called the Great Confession, and Jesus is revealed to be the High Priest over our confession (Hebrews 3:1). This means that He is the administrator over the words that we speak, and He judges appropriately, whether in line with the covenant or not.
Faith requires confession, and many Christians today don’t understand the power in confessing God’s word, so they fall short of enjoying the fullness that God has in salvation. Romans 10:10 says with the heart one believes, but the benefits of salvation only come when we begin to confess them with our mouth. Words are powerful. They carry ability to create or destroy. Proverbs 18:21 says “death and life are in the authority of the tongue, and they that love it will eat of its goodness”.
Though the promises of God are clear and evident in the Bible, many still fall short of enjoying what was written for their benefit, and the result of which is people then trying to reason their way out the truth of God’s word. What these have failed to understand is that confession of God’s word comes before realization of the promises therein. This is primary in understanding faith.
If we confess our freedom, that the Son has made us free, God makes that confession a reality. Thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words, leads the heart out of defeat to victory. If only a Christian understood that his confession has been his greatest enemy and not the devil. Jesus defeated the devil; He whipped him, and made a public spectacle of him (Col. 2:15). He stripped Satan of all power and in turn gave it to the believer to be used under the authority of His name (Mark 16:17-20). Proverbs 6:2 says that you are entrapped by the words of your mouth.
Jesus demonstrated and taught faith by saying He only says what God says (John 8:12). If Christianity means that we ought to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, then we ought to be saying only what God says. Jesus has been made the administrator of our confessions (Heb.3:1); this means that He takes the words of our mouth that are in line with God’s words and He judges accordingly.
Why is our confession of faith so important?
Understanding the answer to this question starts from understanding the creation of man. Genesis 1:26 reveals that man was created in the image and likeness of God, and in Genesis 2:7 we see that man became a living being. However Genesis 2:7 in the Targum Onkelos, an ancient Aramaic translation, says “and man became another speaking spirit like God”. God is a speaking Spirit. He starts and does everything through words. Words convey thoughts, ideas and will of the entity speaking. So when God decides to act, He speaks. When He was going to fix the mess of a dilapidated world, He spoke recreation into being (Hebrews 11:3). Words though invisible are powerful and creative forces. Like God man is created as a speaking spirit, and the words of a man’s mouth determine the world around Him.
Some people think that when they speak, they are just describing the state of things they see. Unfortunately this is not true because if man was created in the image and likeness of God, it would follow that man must speak after the same likeness of God. What you say is your faith speaking. Romans 4:17 reveals that God in His nature calls nonexistent things as though they have always been in existence (Romans 4:17). This is true because when God was to create the world, Genesis 1:2 reveals that the earth was dark and void, but God didn’t describe the situation, but He said “let there be light”. He called light out of darkness. A Jewish translation reads that God said “light be”. This connotes the idea that God called light into existence as if the light had always been. Your nature is to call things that are nonexistent as though they have always been.
To shed more light, Jesus taught that we speak out of the abundance of our heart (Matt: 12:34). The words that you speak reveal what is in your heart. They reveal your faith. Jesus said in Matthew 12:35-37, that:
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things, and evil man out of evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you that every idle words that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof, in the Day of Judgment. For by your words thou shall be condemned”.
So when God said “light be” it is because light was in Him. This is exactly how John introduces his gospel:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” John 1:1-4
All things were made by Him―the Word―and there was not anything made without Him. So all things were in the Word (i.e. logos of God personified). This is a revelation of God, and a revelation of the human spirit. All things in your world are in your words. So what you see in your surroundings is a reflection of what was in your heart, and the words you spoke from your mouth.
Here are a few more Scriptures that talk about your words:
Jesus in Mark 11:22-23 describes the faith of God as that which speaks what it believes. He taught that you can have what you say.
“22 Jesus answered them, have faith in God.23 I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” GNT
Proverbs 12:14 likens the returns of a man’s words with the returns of his labor
“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.” NASB
Your words can either secure your destiny or destroy it
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3, NIV
The truth vs. perception
The truth about truth is that the only absolute truth in the world today is the word of God. Jesus said in John 17:17 , speaking to God, “your word is truth”. The Psalmist in Psalms 119:60 says concerning God “all your words are true”. Jesus who was proclaimed by John (inspired by the Holy Spirit) to be the Word personified, said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Therefore if we are seeking truth in life, we ought to be seeking God and His word.
Most people have a difficulty understanding what is true and what they perceive in their life. There is a relativism mindset that is slowly destroying men of their faith in God, causing them to repudiate the word of God. This mindset of “what’s true for me may not be true for you”. But logic and science teach us that truth is universal; gravity is true in America as much as it is true in Japan. If God’s word says something concerning you, it is true, what you see around you may be perceived by your senses as facts, but that doesn’t make them truth.
Truth is absolute, it is unchanging, and it is unyielding. Truth is eternal; “while we do not look at the things which are seen (perceived facts), but the things which are unseen (truth or the Word), for the things which are seen are temporal, but the unseen things are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18, additions mine). The believer must learn to bring the perceived things in subjection to the truth. When God saw darkness, He brought darkness under the truth which was light. He did this by speaking words of faith. Likewise you can bring issues in your life that are contrary to truth under by speaking words of faith. Speak the word of God only!
Faith joyfully confesses its victory over the witnesses of the senses. That’s what 1 John 5:4 is talking about “whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes― faith! The Bible is God’s confession. The more you read it, the more His thoughts saturate your mind and fill your heart. Then being full of His word, you can speak them in faith, and they won’t return void. You will say what He has said, and experience the reality of the words spoken. This takes you away from being a mere mortal to the realm of the supernatural.
Notice what 2 Timothy 3:15 says “and you remember that ever since you were a child, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”, GNT. The Word of God is capable, and in it is the wisdom to navigate you through the difficult situations you face. It has the wisdom of God that trumps the perceived facts in your life.
Remember when Jesus called Peter to work on water (Matt.14:22-32); at the mention of the word “Come”, Peter stepped out. He was walking on the word “come”, but the Bible records that when Peter saw the waves, he was afraid and he began to sink. Initially Peter stepped out on the truth, but then he began to look at what his sense where telling him, and this caused him to be afraid. Likewise if you pay attention to what your senses tell you―your body says you’re sick and in pain, your eyes tell you that you are broke, ugly― you will be crippled by fear, but if you keep your focus on what’s true, you will do the impossible.
If you want to live in victory
Revelations 12:7-12 sets the scene for the defeat of satan, verse 11 gives us the key to how this victory was perfected “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Another translation says that they gained their victory by the words which the spoke. This is the fact of life, if you are to win, you must learn how to speak words of victory.
There are no greater words of victory than the word of God on the lips of the heart filled with faith and rooted in love. You have to confess what the word of God says about you. Refuse to allow Satan to influence your mind with negative attitudes which ultimately translate to negative words. Jesus came to set you free from the lies of the enemy. He came so that you may be free from poverty, fear, depression, frustration, worry, sickness, sin, defeat and death. Jesus came to give us abundant life; a life of health and prosperity; a life of victory, strength and power ([John 10:10).
If you are facing financial hardship, get a few Scriptures that talk about prosperity (3 John 2, Prov.10:22, Phil.4:19, Ps.23:1) and read them softly, read them aloud, think upon them, personalize them, paraphrase them (this is called meditation) until an image of the word forms on the inside of you. Your heart through meditation should begin to form pictures of you prospering and living in abundance. Though the circumstance may continually tell you that you are broke and you still lack, you must keep speaking based on the image in your heart. Make sure faith’s realities fill your imagination.
Don’t let the picture of prosperity be stolen. Keep meditating on the verses of Scripture every day, and every night. Continually speak them in the midst of your circumstance. When you meditate and you speak, you don’t put the truth out to sometime in the future. They are present truths. You don’t say based on Proverbs 10:22 that “I will be rich because I am blessed”, rather you declare with boldness “I am blessed, and I am rich”. Your confession based on 3 John 2 is “I prosper and I am in health as my soul is prospering”. Your confession of truth must be in the present. Start them with “I am…”As you do this, faith will begin to create opportunities, attract resources, inspire ideas that will take you out of your financial rut.
God intends for us to be fruitful and to rise above all opposing circumstances and problems through the power of the Holy Spirit to a new life in Christ. In face of apparent defeat, we confess our redemption and deliverance, and it becomes a reality. You are not asking for it because it is yours already in salvation, but you thank Him for it.
Understand the following truths and embrace them: redemption never becomes a reality until we confess it. Faith gives courage to confession and confession gives boldness to faith. So start speaking God’s word in your situation!
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