If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Rom. 10:9-11
We are always tempted every time to say things as they appear, perceived or felt. However, many have taken this too far to the extent that they have thrown away the very foundation of faith, which is to give voice to what you believe. If any situation or circumstance, can convince you to only say what you see, you may be heading for defeat in every aspect of your life.
Faith (a belief of the heart) not professed cannot be possessed. Little wonder, that even after the believing the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, I must boldly and openly declare His Lordship in order for Him to become lord over my life. If that is what it takes to come under His lordship, you need the same to sustain your relationship with Christ. Remember the fundamental law of nature, that everything is sustained by its source. If you cannot declare what you believe, maybe you have not come to the place of a full conviction.
In the actual sense, thinking about it practically, we all say what we believe ultimately. However, as children of God, the question remains, what do you believe? The mouth will speak relative to the content of its source (the heart)
…For whatever is in your heart determines what you say – Matt. 12:34b
As Christians, we are called to fill our heart with His words and ultimately, our mouth will speak it forth.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom …. Col. 3:16
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mk. 11:22-24
This passage clearly teaches us to align our confession with the belief of the heart. Don’t be deceived, they may call you names and critic you, but let no one ever cause you to switch from speaking the word of God you believe, to only what you can perceive with your limited senses. That is what it means to be carnally minded. It leads to fear, doubt and death ultimately (Rom. 8:1-9).
Remember, fill your heart with His words, and voice those words over your circumstances and see God glorify Himself in your life. If we dare to profess what we believe, God is ever faithful to confirm them.
And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. Mk. 16:20
You are blessed.