Fixing By Speaking
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ”(Romans 10:17) INDEED, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”(Job 42:5)
Christianity is called the great confession, but most Christians who are defeated in life are defeated because they believe and confess the wrong things. They have spoken the words of the enemy. And those words hold them in bondage. Proverbs 6:1-2 says, “… Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.”
In Genesis, God is presented as speaking the creation into existence. God speaks the word and it happens: heaven and earth, ocean and stream, trees and grass, birds and fish, animals and humans. Everything, seen and unseen, called into being by God’s spoken word.
In deliberate parallel to the opening words of Genesis, John presents God as speaking salvation into existence. This time God’s word takes on human form and enters history in the person of Jesus. Jesus speaks the word and it happens: forgiveness and judgment, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased, called into salvation by God’s spoken word.
For, somewhere along the line things went wrong (Genesis tells that story) and are in desperate need of fixing. The fixing is all accomplished by speaking; God speaking salvation into being in the person of Jesus. Jesus, in this account, not only speaks the word of God, HE is the Word of God.
Keeping company with these words, we begin to realize that our words are more important than we ever supposed. The confession, “I believe,” for instance, marks the difference between life and death. Our words accrue dignity and gravity in conversations with Jesus. Jesus doesn’t impose salvation as a solution; He narrates salvation into being through leisurely conversation, intimate personal relationships, compassionate responses, passionate prayer, and, putting it all together, a sacrificial death. We don’t casually walk away from words like that.
CONFESS AS FOLLOWS:
The Word of God is forever settled in heaven. Therefore, I establish HIS Word upon this earth. (Ps. 119:89)