How do I know what I really believe? I listen to what I say. Being “circumspect” at the moment has involved listening to what comes out of my mouth. It has pointed out thoughts and attitudes in my life I was not aware of.
Jesus tells us in Matt 12:34 and Luke 6:45, that if we want to know what is in our hearts (in other words, what we really believe and don’t just give intellectual assent to) it will be revealed by what comes out of our mouths.
Recently I realized that Satan also listens to what I say, because he does not know my thoughts. I always thought as a kid, satan could read my mind, but Psalm 139 makes it clear that only God knows my thoughts, he knows everything about me. Satan only knows what I really believe, what I am thinking about, by what I tell him. He could suggest thoughts to me in order to get an idea of what my beliefs are, but it is possible for me to dismiss thoughts that are not true and focus my thinking on truth. (Phil 4:8)
According to 2 Cor 10:4-5 I can allow him to captivate my thoughts (think only how he wants me to think about), but God makes it possible to take control of my thoughts and submit them to the authority of Jesus.
So, my thoughts can be controlled by Jesus. What I really believe is a product of my thinking and faith. What I really believe is revealed by my mouth. I call it the heart-mouth connection. We see this connection in Romans 10:10 “For it is with your heart that you believe…and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess that you are saved.”
The heart is inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the heart starts to believe and as the mind reflects on this belief, the mouth operates. Jesus teaches another aspect of this heart-mouth connection. Teaching the disciples, he says in Mark 11:23
‘Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
The principle is that you can bring to pass whatever you say and believe in your heart, the one condition being: the heart and mouth have to agree. I am not suggesting any “name it and claim it” theology here, I am merely pointing out this heart-mouth connection in scripture. Jesus is pointing out that when the heart and the mouth agree: power is released to move mountains.
Now, the enemy also knows this principle, it applies in the negative, as well as the positive. Our enemy likes to fill our minds with perceptions and illusions that captivate our minds, negative thoughts that come out of nowhere, their goal being to ultimately destroy us. If he can get us to say negative things, which we believe in our hearts, power for negative in our lives is released. A powerful strategy would you not agree?
So too, when we give expressions of faith and trust in the Lord, that agree with what we really believe in our hearts, power is released into our lives, and consequently mountains are moved. What would happen in our lives if we started making sure that what comes out of our mouths, reflects what we really believe in our hearts?
It is important to watch what we are saying. Is what comes out of your mouth negative or faith-filled? It is equally important to look at what we really believe in our hearts and compare it to the word, the truth. It is also vitally important that we watch how we think, because our thinking becomes our beliefs.
There is a definite connection to how we think, what we believe, what we say and the power released in our lives. When the heart and mouth agree, creative power for negative or positive is released. It applies to everything in our lives, whatever we say and believe with all our hearts, will come about.
Being “circumspect” I took some time to listen to my mouth and think about what I really believe. Here are some of the questions I asked myself:
- What is your heart and mouth agreeing about? Can you see the impact of that in your life?
- What are you saying and believing about other people, despite your prayers?
- Are you saying you believe one thing, but confessing something else with your mouth? Is this the lack of answered prayer or power in your life?
- How is God responding to your faith, impacted by what you say? For example, what you say after you prayed?
You may think these questions are not very difficult, but I challenge you to listen to your mouth for a while, critically examine what you have to say and see what you hear.
Father, please forgive me for the things I say, they do not reflect what I say I believe. Help me to get my speech in line with what I believe. Help me to examine what I believe to make sure it aligns with the truth. Build in me a heart of faith that gives expression to words of faith.
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