“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV
This is the version of “profession of faith” common in sermons. But today’s blog post would be looking at this phrase from a different angle.
It’s very common these days to hear people talk about “speaking things into existence”. What makes this “weirder” is that even the unbelievers believe in this; they also believe in affirmations. Therefore, it suffices to say that profession of faith is a common ground for everyone: believer or unbeliever. But to us as Christians, it should mean more than just affirmations. It is, sort of, the basis of our faith.
Scripture makes it clear to us that as Christ is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). This means that the same authority and dominion He has, we have as well on earth (through our faith in Him); we function with and by the same Spirit. So, when we see scriptures like Romans 4:17– “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were”- we know that we also have the same authority.
“We believe, so we speak”.2 Corinthians 4:13
Faith is spoken. It is not just enough to have it. It is not enough to claim that you believe, you must profess it. There is a reason why the Bible lays emphasis on speaking our faith. Even in 2 Corinthians 4:13– “We, having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written: “I believed and therefore have I spoken” — we also believe and therefore speak,”-we see it again. We call the things which be not as though they are; that is speaking our faith. That was how God created the earth and that is how miracles are born. We hear of stories of people who were diagnosed with terminal diseases but while holding the diagnosis result in their hands, they kept at confessing their healing and just as they said it, it came to pass. That we profess a thing shows our level of faith in its possibility because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).
God created the whole world by speaking it into existence. He did not behold the darkness and panic, neither did He think in His heart what He wanted to see. God looked right at darkness and called out for light (Genesis 1:1-3). Because we have the same Spirit, our response to challenges should be the same; speaking into existence what we hope for instead of panicking or silently hoping for a miracle. The bible makes us understand that God said and He saw, what are you saying in expectation that you see?
We put our faith to action by professing it. This is the same theory behind confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from dead in order to access salvation (Romans 10:9). Thoughts are dormant, words are active. You activate faith and confidence in God within you when you speak it, it’s easy to doubt when it remains in you as a thought.
Action point: Don’t just believe, speak it.
Profession of our faith also helps in building the faith of others. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ has gotten thus far because of the grace of God and because people were not silent about their faith. At times, what draws a person to Christ may just be the active faith of another person. When you see the sort of confidence exuded by a person of faith-the way he proclaims how a situation would turn out to be- it challenges you to get even closer to God. That you are going through a tough time but still choose to speak like someone living her best life may be a source of encouragement to another person.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Romans 12:11