We are so delighted to welcome you to another series at this time. Our topic for today is anchored on Romans 10:1-10 and is something serious and significant.
The two main keywords in the bible passage above are mouth and heart. The mouth and the heart are the critical components influencing the destiny of a man. Meanwhile, the mouth can also be referred to as words, confessions or declarations while the heart is the mind or mindset.
The scripture in Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” This implies that your heart sets the course of your life and destiny. Your heart is the seat of your mind and the truth is that the greatest battles are found and fought in the mind.
“The battle of the mind is the battle of life; if you can triumph over the battles of the mind, then you are well ahead in living a victorious life.”
The heart is in close relationship and synergy with the mouth. It is the reservoir from where the mouth draws energy and influence to voice out and speak.
Matthew 15:16-18, “And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Is there power in your mouth (words, confessions or declarations)? Yes, your mouth words can alter natures, circumstances and destinies.
Proverbs 6:2, “Thou are snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
Proverbs 10:11, “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”
The life of a believer is guarded and controlled by his/her words and declarations. You must take charge and absolute control over your utterances. Your confessions must resonate and align with your faith in God’s words, promises and prophesies.
Children of Israel: The children of Israel received a promise from God to receive favour from the Egyptians towards their exit from bondage. They believed but engage their mouths by asking so much so that the Egyptians in great distress gave out their treasures. Do you believe that they could have missed out if they kept mute or asked amiss? Exodus 11:2, 12:29-35.
Joseph: Born as a child of destiny, hated by his brother because of his great dreams and eventually sold to slavery. Through circumstances, he migrated from slavery into prisoner. While in prison, he had an encounter with people from the palace and during interrogation, he sent a word to the palace. Genesis 40:9-14. Can you relate to the weight and power of his request on verse 14?
David and Goliath: David had defeated Goliath first from the position of his powerful words and declarations. 1 Samuel 17:45
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: The three Hebrew boys reinforced their unshakable faith with their confessions and overcame the destructive power of the fiery furnace. Daniel 3:16-17
Samson: The sad example is found in Samson who ended his life without a second chance by asking that he should die with the Philistines. Do you believe that he could have been alive if he asked otherwise? Judges 16:28-30.
You may need to pause now to have a reflection on some of your past confessions. Your words today are like seeds sown towards an harvest in the future. I encourage you to begin to watch your words and this must begin by guarding your heart. The two main gateways to the heart are eyes (what you see) and ears (what you hear).
The things you see and hear create lasting impressions in your mind upon which your thoughts and utterances are fashioned and framed. You must make cautious efforts and take responsibility for what you see and hear.
The word of God in Romans 12:2 encourage us to renew our minds. The world media generate all sorts of evil reports that filter into our minds to create negative thoughts as well as aberrations in our confessions but this must be handled by our minds renewal through the Word.
This great journey of keeping watch of your words can only be sustained by engaging the Word continually for mind renewal.