March 30, 2012

No Offense Beats the Word of God

What do you have to say for yourself?  Open your mouth and it will reveal your heart.  The world is listening.
Matthew 12:34 says, “ . . . for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Words testify to a heart’s contents. We can peek into a person’s heart by listening with observant ears.

Maybe this is why professing faith in Jesus Christ with your mouth is essential to salvation.  If Jesus lives within your heart, then evidence of Him cannot help but come out of your mouth.

Romans 10:9-10 reveals that our mouths play an active role in our salvation.  It says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  There is a link between what resides in the heart and what is spoken from the mouth.

I always thought that the purpose of confession was repentance, but scripture indicates that salvation is also established via these means.  Where there is an active Lord over a life, then there are verbal expressions of praise, thanksgiving, declaration of subjection, and testimony.  The public will give witness to who our voices profess as Lord.

If Jesus is your Lord, then you have a testimony.  Has the world heard your testimony?   Could you share it with someone if asked?

Giving your testimony aloud sounds intimidating, as if it must be a lengthy, articulate or entertaining speech.  We assume that our whole life story must be told before an audience can grasp how one infidel becomes a Christian.  But the testimony of those saved is much simpler than that.  The plotline is the same for each of us, a sinner in need of a Savior by the name of Jesus.  Proclaiming Jesus' name is the only thing needed for a testimony to register in the ears of a listener.

Revelation 19:10 says, “And I [John] fell at his [the angel’s] feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Who knew that angels have testimonies?  I suppose this makes sense seeing as 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 tells us angels will be judged alongside the world; they too must give an account to God.  The angel speaking to John reinforces that he has the same testimony which John and the other disciples share, which is, “Jesus is Lord!”.  Only a profession of Jesus qualifies as a testimony. Without Him, words are just noise.  
When considering creative angles for evangelism, ministries often overshoot the runway.  Salvations do not require PowerPoint presentations, loud music or colorful literature for the gospel message to touch hearts.  Seekers simply need Jesus, au naturel. 

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

I desire to increase in faith and I desire the same for others.  There is no sure fire method of expanding faith outside of hearing God’s Word. I am an avid reader and enjoy chronicling my perspective in writing but I am keenly aware of the insufficiency of human sentiment. I can share personal stories, divulge my weaknesses, and empathize with your hurts, and perhaps these exchanges will contribute some small comfort to you, but shy of quoting God’s Truth over a situation, talk is ineffective.  Let me not waste too much time; let me profess the Word of God!

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

Some Christians seek an alternative to the Bible for sharing the gospel message because those they approach dispute the divinity of scripture and refuse to discuss it.  I say, good luck finding another text which is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.  When you exclude God’s Word from spiritual conversations you do no more than entertain one another with debate.  You have removed all power to persuade.

Can human insight discern another’s thoughts?  No.  Can human words interpret another’s heart?  Not even on our best day.  Nothing I say is infused with life and power except for scripture which, praise God, He has equipped me to recall! 

Let us recount His Word all day long!  Let His Word be on our lips.  Let us meditate on it day and night.  Let us hide it in our hearts so that we will not sin.  And let us echo His Word ALOUD for ALL TO HEAR, so that others may witness our testimonies and increase in their faith.

When quoting scripture we have 100% assurance of its effectiveness.  God’s Word is always a rod of influence.

Isaiah 55:11 says, “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.”

How motivating is the promise that you can be God’s megaphone every single day, guaranteed to accomplish a good work through your delivery of His Word?

God's Word never comes back void. It is life-bearing and powerful.  His Word is the magnetism which created the world.  Therefore speak it, preach it, teach it, and live it out!  Only it is alive. Only it pierces hearts.  Only it convicts while simultaneously pardoning.  Only it convinces a man that grace is personal, pervasive and powerful over sin.  

No other creative approach which man can contrive will touch a soul with laserpoint accuracy.  Only The Creator speaks the universal language of His creation, over all generations, shattering all preconceptions, effectively shining light on deception.  Only God will press revelation into minds and hearts. No matter how hard we try, humans can never enter territory where only the Holy Spirit can go.  We are simply messengers called to bring God’s message directly to the doors of hearts.  May we courier His Word faithfully and cheerfully!  All other conversations are merely detours from the reality that sin has separated man from God and God has provided the remedy in Jesus.

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