You may have seen on social media, but I was in South Florida leading worship (and speaking once) for a conference there. We had some incredible times in God’s presence! Flying back Tuesday, it’s also why I didn’t post anything until today.
Sort of expounding on my last entry concerning worship and restaurant corridors, I want to give you what is probably a familiar verse, Romans 10:17.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Maybe you’re reading a scripture and carries extra meaning to you on a particular day or in a particular battle. Maybe you’re amazed that the lyrics to a song during Sunday service speaks directly to your current state or situation. Maybe there’s a still, small voice reminding you to have hope and confirming divine peace.
All of these can be examples of Christ’s word entering your spiritual ear. You hear it, experience it, and faith is stirred; but is this the end? I don’t believe so.
Not only are you to experience Him, but you also show your agreement by letting come out of your own mouth, demonstrating it with your own life. What Christ has “announced” to you, you then release into your natural world.
In a way, Christ’s word to you is transformed in your mouth to become Christ’s word to your world.
It’s like a circuit. Your light switch is always connected to electricity, but you only see the light come on when you flip the switch and complete the circuit. Without that, the gap remains.
The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
But the earth He has given to the sons of men.
The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor do any who go down into silence;
But as for us, we will bless the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
Praise the Lord! –Psalm 115:16-18
The earth has been given to humanity, but it’s not the dead who inherit it just as it’s not the dead who will praise Him in it. Yes, you continue to bless His name for eternity but it is the physically alive whose praise transforms everything around them!
This is not about the so-called “name it, claim it.”
Going back to Romans 10:17, it’s recognizing the word of Jesus to you now, knowing faith is rising, then speaking, praying, singing, declaring, agreeing with what He’s communicated.
Again, like that light switch, you can be receiving power and impartation from the King constantly, but there’s something different that occurs when you let it out of your mouth and/or demonstrate it with your actions.
It’s certainly part of being not only a hearer but a doer (James 1:22).
I can be guilty. Maybe you can too. Let’s not take His faith-filled word for granted! Let’s not only mentally or even spiritually agree–let’s align our mouths and lives to what He’s given us!
What are your thoughts on this? Does this make sense? Do you ever struggle with doing something with what He’s spoken?