The Spirit of Faith
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13
The Great Profession
Christianity has been called, “The Great Profession”. This is because, at the core of our belief system is the belief that when we profess Jesus as the Lord of our lives, we are redeemed from death and enter into the Kingdom of Light. Our profession of faith, what we are believing, is at the foundation of our receiving all of God’s promises.
Confess and Believe
Romans 10:9-10, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Notice the connection made in verse 10. When you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, the result is salvation. Interestingly that word salvation comes from the greek word “soteria”. Soteria not only refers to salvation but also includes healing, and deliverance, both physically and emotionally. So what we are seeing here is that in order to receive these things in our lives, we need our hearts and mouths to line up together. This happens when we have the spirit of faith, “we believe and therefore we speak”.
Watch Over Your Confession
Speaking words that line up with our faith is a foundational truth. As believers the truth that is in our hearts must also be heard from our lips. If we are not mindful of our speech it is very easy to end up speaking negatively.
The world around us is very negative. From the media and much of what is on TV, radio, magazines, and the internet; to listening to the conversation at the local coffee shop or our own family and friends. We can often find our selves being drawn back into to looking at the world and life in a negative way. The problem with this is that “the spirit of faith” works both ways. You believe what you speak whether it’s good or bad, positive or negative, life or death.
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the very power of life and death comes from what we speak, and then goes on to say that the people who love it will eat its fruit. That means that for those who love to talk, they will eat the fruit of the words they speak. You can look at it this way; the words we speak are planting, watering, and fertilizing seeds in our heart which produce fruit in our lives. Our words can produce for us either life, or death, depending on the word seeds that we plant in the gardens of our heart. What will you choose?