“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 it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are save.” (Romans 10:9-10)
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13)
The principle of believing and confession is not limited only for the salvation of our souls, but also applies to the whole counsel of God in relation to the workings of our faith in this present life. Paul has given us a tip of the iceberg explanation of how faith works:
First of all, you have to believe the integrity of the Word of God in your heart. The truth is that God has raised Jesus from the dead. And if Christ is not risen, our faith is futile or in vain, and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17). The resurrection of Christ is the very foundation of our faith. Everything became possible for believers because of the resurrection of Christ. Because Jesus rose from the dead, the following belongs to you: salvation, deliverance from sin and effects of sin, freedom from the power of darkness and of the devil. And without the revelation of a risen Christ in your heart, you are a miserable thing.
Second, you have to confess or declare the authority of the Word of God with your mouth. The word “confess,” means to declare what you believe or to give evidence of your faith by saying it, speaking it, and telling it. It is necessary for you to use your mouth in order to confess your faith.
God did apply the principle of believing and confession at the time of creation. God is a faith God and when He speaks, He speaks the word of faith. He is the author and the finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). At the creation, God had spoken the things in His heart, and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:1). He therefore declared what was in His heart, by saying, “Let there be …,” and there was. Not only did He do it once, but God did His confessions successively until He completed all His work and then rested.
To believe in your heart is not the same as to believe with your mind or head knowledge. Your heart is distinct from your mind. We have an old saying, “Use your heart not your head,” or vice versa to imply where do you base your decision: it’s either your instinct or reason.
You need to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth the results of the resurrection of Christ. The following verses will tell us what we have in Christ after the resurrection:
Romans 6:4-6, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life …knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Colossians 3:1-3, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things which are above, not on things on earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
In Christ, your old life was crucified and it was gone forever. You were once a slave of sin but not anymore. The lust of the flesh and the lust of this world were defeated. Your old man is dead forever. Majority of believer’s difficulties in life is rooted in living the life of the old man, or the flesh. People who live in the newness of life are those who live according to the spirit and not according to the flesh. The flesh is where all the troubles begin.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy murders, drunkenness, revelries …” (Galatians 5:19)
However, if a believer continues to walk according to the Spirit, he shall not fulfill the desires of the flesh. And the only way to walk in the Spirit is to live the life of a resurrected life in Christ:
“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24)
Faith is founded on the integrity of the word of God alone. Faith is never based on anyone’s life experience. Every experience is unique and distinct from the rest of human experiences. No one can replicate someone’s experience and copy someone’s faith. Therefore, you cannot mirror others’ faith. Your faith stands alone in the integrity of the word of God.
The fact that some followers of Jesus in some part of the earth are suffering, having hardships, trials, persecutions, and living in poverty; does not diminish the integrity and the faithfulness of God’s word. You cannot conclude that it is the will of God for those people to be poor, to suffer and forever in hardships. That is not according to the whole counsel of the word of God.
You cannot twist the word of God and bend it according to the situation of these people. If you do, you are giving them false hope, manipulating their minds, their hearts, and faith. You are acting the hypocrisy of Dr. Feel Good. You don’t want them offended by truth of God’s Word; therefore, you are playing around with their emotions.
Faith is not based on what you think or what you feel. Faith is not according to any denominational doctrines and church traditions. Faith is not based on what you believe is acceptable behavior or acceptable circumstances or situations in life. Faith is not based on something that has the appearance of an emotional attachment to one’s situation.
Faith is not a denial of facts. This problem of faith is occurring during the prayer for the sick. When a prayer of faith applied to a sick person, we expect healing to manifest. However, if there’s no healing occurred based on the observation of our naked eyes, we tend to accept that God did not heal the sick. Faith is defeated right away if we base our belief on what we see or feel at the time of prayer. We do not deny that the person is still in his bed sick, however, we stand on the word of God, that by the stripes of Jesus he was already healed.
Faith is not “blab it and grab it.” There is no scriptural foundation that supports, “whatever things you believe, and confess you have received it, then you’ll receive it.” You cannot just believe and confess that you received a new husband or wife, or a new car or a house. And then roam around confessing that you have them already. That is not according to the principle of believing and confession.
Faith is based on the integrity of the word of God alone. The word of God is God Himself. You cannot separate God from His word. If you claim God’s word does not work in your situation, you are accusing God has limitations. You are simply saying God is not able to help you out.
The Word of God is Himself. You cannot separate God from His Word:
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
“But the word of the Lord endures forever, now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25)
Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-4, 14 NKJV).
In the Old Testament, the Israelites failed to enter the promise land because fear overwhelmed their heart. They cried, complained, and spoke negatively against the word of God. In spite of the assurance of the promise of God, they hold on to believe that they’re unable to defeat the strongholds of their enemies. They all agreed that they all looked as grasshopper in their enemies’ eyes. Ultimately, they received what they’ve believed: that generation never entered the promise land.
In Mark 11:22-23, Jesus revealed how faith works through the principle of believing and confession. He said, “Have faith in God. 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 he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
Every believer has a mountain in life. It’s either financial hardship, problems in relationships, pain and sufferings due to unexpected events in life, sickness and disease, and others. Jesus tells you to speak, without a doubt in your heart, to your mountains to be removed. And it will obey you.
Speak to your financial situation that your God shall supply everything you needed through Christ Jesus. Speak to your weakness that you can do all things through Christ, and that the grace of God is sufficient enough to sustain you. Boldly speak that you are more than a conqueror in Christ, and that you always triumph in Christ. Speak that you have the joy of the Lord in you, and that joy of the Lord is your strength.
Do not speak defeat. Do not speak weakness. Do not speak you cannot do what the Lord has told you to do. Do not dwell in the atmosphere of negativity, doubt and fear. Only speak the word of faith, faith that overcomes the world.
In Mark 5:25-34, gives us a testimony that if you believe in your heart and speaking it your mouth will give result. In this scripture, a woman who had a bleedings for twelve years was instantly healed from her disease. The woman believed in her heart and had spoken in her mouth that if she makes contact or touch the robe of Jesus, she would be healed. She had spoken the word of faith, and she received her healing.
Faith is a combination of believing in the heart and confessing with the mouth.