God says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. So, if we make a positive profession of faith and talk about the works of God with our lips, all our problems can be resolved and we will be able to give glory to God. Then, how can we realize the importance of our confessions and enjoy a victorious life with the profession of faith all the time?
- The importance of positive confession of faith
When faced with certain situations, those who believe in God need to be even all the more positive. Even some worldly people find a breakthrough and achieve many things because they have a positive mind-set. The Bible also tells us that God worked on those people who professed faith positively, who believed His Word, and who acted upon it.
When the Israelites had come out of Egypt and before they entered Canaan, Moses sent out twelve spies to report back on the land of Canaan. Their confessions were totally different from one another. Ten out of the twelve were afraid of the inhabitants of the land and spoke ill of the land. They made negative reports. Only Joshua and Caleb made positive reports because they believed the promise of God.
Numbers 14:7-9 reads, “꿚he land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey?
They professed positively and it was a profession of faith. As a result, they were able to enter the land of Canaan. Among the men who were twenty and older who came out of Egypt at the time of the Exodus none but Joshua and Caleb could enter the land of Canaan. All of them died in the wilderness.
A centurion came to Jesus for healing of his servant’s paralysis as described in Matthew chapter 8. Jesus was moved by the heart of the centurion and wanted to go to his place to heal his servant. Then, the centurion made an amazing profession of faith?Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
Jesus praised his faith, saying, “I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” Just as the centurion had spoken, his servant’s disease was completely healed. If the Lord praises our faith like the centurion, all our problems can be resolved quickly. No matter how difficult our problems are, God can solve any of them. So, if we pray, fast, and obey the Word of God; and, if we profess with faith, then nothing will be impossible.
The following passages from Mark 7:24 say that a woman of the Syrophoenician race kept asking Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter. But He said, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Most people would have felt bad or mistreated and would have left the place, but she rather unchangingly kept asking for His grace with a humble attitude and said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”
The woman came before Jesus with faith, so she wasn’t hurt or offended by any words she heard and she didn’t change. Seeing her goodness and faith, Jesus immediately healed her daughter. As shown in her case, when we ask before God in a humble manner, the answer surely will come although we are faced with a difficult trouble.
In Daniel chapter 3, the king Nebuchadnezzar threatened Daniel’s three friends with being cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire if they did not fall down and worship the golden image that he had set up. Daniel 3:17-18 says, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” They ended up being cast into the furnace but God protected them and even the hair of their head didn’t get singed.
If we don’t compromise with the world like them and act in the Word of God, even if some trials or persecutions come, everything will be made to work together for good and we can receive blessings and glorify God.
- One whose talk brings a rod to his back and one who brings himself a blessing
The Bible shows us many cases where some people bring a rod to their back with the words from their mouths, while others are blessed by their words. Esau, the elder son of Isaac, sold his birth right to his brother Jacob for lentil stew. He spoke without regard to his words, and future things were done as he had spoken. All blessings of the birthright as a first son were handed over to Jacob, his brother.
2 Kings chapters 6 and 7 also tells us a similar situation. The army of Aram laid siege to Samaria and the siege lasted long, so there was a great famine such that some people ate their children. Then, Elisha prophesied, “Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.” The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”
Then Elisha said to him, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it.” The following day, he was standing at the gate to manage the people who came out of the castle to gain food and in the end, he was trampled on by the many people at the gate and died. He denied the word of the prophet and he received the cursing. In this way, a single utterance can bring the work of God or the work of Satan.
2 Chronicles chapter 20 says the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon came to make war against Jehoshaphat of Southern Kingdom of Judah. Jehoshaphat turned his attention to seek help from the LORD and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. Then, the LORD said through a prophet that He would save them. Jehoshaphat the king encouraged the people saying, “Put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”
Accordingly, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army. Then, God worked so that they could achieve a victory without a war just because God saw the king’s positive confession and the deeds of faith.
- In order to receive answers to whatever we ask for with our lips
Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Does it mean that if you confess with your mouth everything will be done as you say? If you doubt in disbelief yet still just say that you believe, it does not lead to the achievement of the profession you made. It is not that everything will be done in accordance with the words we utter with our mouth alone. We have to believe in our hearts without any doubt and then make our profession.
Those who believe in their hearts practice the Word of God, they cast away untruthful things, and they have come out of darkness into light. They give out the fragrance of the Christ and act as light and salt in the world. It is the true meaning of “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness.” People who truly revere God and love Him, live by His Word and seek His will so that God can answer the prayers of faith confessed with their lips
Suppose a person gives offerings diligently, helps the poor, and attends every kind of services and all kinds of meetings. Although he prays to God, he is continually faced with a series of hardships, far from receiving answer. Then, eventually he complains and says, “Where is God!” What made him change like this? If he truly believed God from his heart, he would not change, but maintain his patience until the end.
But he doesn’t believe in his heart, but he just professes his belief with his mouth. In the end he reveals his real heart. Thus, we should understand the reasons why some people receive answers while others don’t, even though they all work faithfully and give a lot of offerings. Those who truly believe God receive answers just as they confess with their mouths. Unbelievers can’t receive answers, though they profess their faith, because it isn’t a true profession. In the end, the evil that is in their hearts will be revealed.
James 3:11 reads, “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water”. If you say you believe and you speak negative words, which is like the bitter water, it is not faith. When we believe God with patience until the end, He surely gives us answers just as we say with our mouths. I urge you to look back upon your words, checking if you complain or blame others with your mouth when you are in hardship or faced with tests and trials. Check to see if you hurt God’s heart and the hearts of pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ. I want you to have holy lips that send out only sweet water and to make only positive confessions of faith. By doing so, I hope you will receive answers to whatever you ask and give glory to God.