Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 15)
This article is a continuation (Part 2) of the article entitled “Believe in Your Heart and Confess with Your Mouth”.
Our scripture reading began with Romans 10:8-10, which says, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
In Part 1, we explored the truth about the importance of believing in your heart and the effect of confessing words with your mouth.
Now let’s look at what happened to a blind man in Mark 10:46-52, “Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
Here’s the story of a blind man who had obviously heard about Jesus’ miracles of healing for other people. And, believing what he had heard about the healings of others, he cried out for Jesus. We don’t know why others wanted to hush him – it could have been his disciples trying to determine who would be healed or maybe Jesus was busy with someone else and they didn’t want to interrupt the Master – but what we do know is that this blind man was determined to receive his healing.
The blind man was so determined, in fact, that he called out even more to Jesus even when those around him told him to be quiet. Now, when the blind man received the word that Jesus was calling for him, he threw off his outer garment, and went to Jesus. Why would he throw off his outer garment? I’ve heard some bible commentators say that it was his coat he threw off of him, and that blind people during Jesus’ time had to wear special coats so that others could distinguish them from the rest of the population.
While we don’t know why the man threw off his garment, what we do recognize is that this is a definite sign of his believe – his faith – his knowing in his heart that he was going to be healed. After all, if he thought for a moment that his sight may not be healed, he wouldn’t have thrown off his garment. If you had a seed of doubt and couldn’t see, would you throw away your garment – especially since you had to beg for money?
In this case, the “why” isn’t important – what is important is the act of him confessing with his actions. He also confessed his believe by saying the words. Jesus did healed people in different ways. Jesus asked him what he wanted. Again, we don’t know why Jesus asked the man what he wanted. But, what we do know is that Jesus oftentimes asked people questions or made comments in order to get people to confess their beliefs out loud – using their mouth. Once the man confessed what he wanted, Jesus response was, Go your way; your faith has made you well”. Jesus obviously wanted to hear the man’s verbal confession.
Jesus’ healing of this blind man correlates well with the verse in Mark 9:23 (NLT), when Jesus said to another person who was asking for healing, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
Here’s another verse that reiterates the importance of believing and confessing with your mouth.
“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” (Mark 11:23). Notice in this verse that the word “believes” is mentioned once and the word “says” is mentioned three times! And, the next verse continues, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)
In Matthew 15:11, Jesus tells us, “It is not what people put into their mouths that makes them unclean. It is what comes out of their mouths that makes them unclean.””
And, Numbers 14:28 says, “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say.”
What you SAY is what you GET.
Do you believe in your heart that your prayers are answered? If so, praise God that they are answered! Verbally confess to the Lord your thankfulness that your prayers are answered. If you doubt, then get back in that prayer closet and read God’s Word. Find 1-2 bible verses that apply to your situation, and meditate on those verses. Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and to give you insight into what’s going on in your life. Remember, your relationship with God is just that – a relationship. He loves you and wants you to put Him first. Show Him you love Him by spending more time with Him!
Remember: Do you speak faith-filled words or fear-filled words? God explained to me one time the importance of my words, and how they are seeds. Your words are seeds that are planted, and once they take root, they grow into trees. Those trees bear fruit – they will either produce good fruit or bad fruit. God also explained to me that this is a spiritual law. In fact, He told me that this spiritual law works in everyone’s life, whether you believe in Him or not!
So, don’t forget the importance of your words! Here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life: https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/
Romans 12:2, “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.”
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”
Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about them and speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom. I also pray that You would put a guard over my mouth, and that the Holy Spirit would quicken my heart to remind me how to improve my relationship with You, my God. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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