Sunday, March 10, 2013

Does What I Say Matter? By Reba Altizer

Does what I say matter?

According to the Bible it does. I know when I read this scripture :

Psalm 19:14
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
it always causes me to stop and think. Does the words of my mouth please Him? Does what I meditate on please Him?

It definitely makes the God of the universe more personal and involved in your life, which is right where He wants to stay.

It is amazing how He choose to make us His children, by what way?  The words of our mouth and the belief in our heart.

1. Salvation comes by confession

Romans 10:9-10
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

It seems like a lot stems from what we say, think, and confess in our walk with The Lord.

1 John 1:9
New International Version (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

2. Faith comes by confession

Romans 4:
17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”[d]) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”[e] 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

The action in this verse is calling those things that do not exist as though they did. He had to speak what He believed even though the circumstances were screaming different.

Matthew 21:21-22
New International Version (NIV)
21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Faith mixed with Declaring the Word of God will make a difference.

Psalm 6
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.

How can we cause God to arise in our situations?  Only by declaring His Word over situation.

"Truthfully I say unto you, Whatsoever YOU shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever YOU shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." [Mt:18:18]

"Let us hold fast the profession (Confession) of our faith without wavering (the words that we speak); (for he is faithful that promised;)" [Heb:10:23]

"Cast not away therefore your confidence (faith and trust in Him and His promises), which has great recompense (promise) of reward (results)." [Heb:10:35]

3. We are transformed by confession

Romans 12:2
New International Version (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We don't confess the Word of God for His sake but ours. The meditation on His Word changes our lives because it transforms our mind, heals our hearts, and declares to us who we are in Christ. It destroys the lies of the enemy. The Bible offers many scriptures of how God describes you with words like “chosen”, “righteous”, “complete”, “included”, “forgiven”, “anointed”, “friends”, and “alive.”

The only true way to walk in Victory in a World with so much negative influence is through a true personal relationship with Jesus where you read His Word and let it wash your mind and allow Him to renew you so you can go out into this world and be the salt and the light He has created us all to be. We can't give what we don't have.

2 Corinthians 5:17,18
New International Version (NIV)
 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

I started this devotion by asking if it matters what I say and I am concluding it by saying I believe it does. If living a life of victory was easy every one would be doing it. It takes the Holy Spirit, real discipline, and self control to do this but it is so amazing when our words and meditation are pleasing to The Lord.  We see change in our lives and others. I love the way this scripture is written in the message bible;

Philippians 4:8
The Message (MSG)
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Reba Altizer~

Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

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