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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Words Will Judge You

MATTHEW 12:36-37 NKJ
36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

ROMANS 10:9-10 NKJ
9 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.
10 For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.

The reason we are taking time to look at the importance of words is because most believers have neglected this area of studying what the Bible teaches. So we need to spend extra time on this subject.

Looking at Matthew 12:36-37 we see that according to Jesus our words will play a big part in judging us. You may wonder why that is the case, instead of just being judged by our actions. Because words precede actions. What you say indicates what you are thinking -- what is in your heart -- and all action is dictated by what is inside us.

Also, notice in Romans 10:9 the important part given to confessing the Lord Jesus in salvation. It is not enough to just believe in our heart -- we must also confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Confess means to speak in agreement with. In this case we are agreeing with what God has said, that Jesus is Lord.) This is the way faith works in every area. You must combine believing in your heart and speaking with your mouth.

This is not restricted to some future time of judgment. It is working right now. Today "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (which means deliverance)." If you are in bondage today, you can change it by the words you speak.

I did not say, "Just speak a word and you will be free." This involves a change in what you believe in your heart. It involves changing what is coming out of your mouth all day -- not just for a few minutes when you decide to "speak the Word." But you have to start and now is the best time to get started.

SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to get started, and keep on, speaking in agreement with Your Word.


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