8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith which we preach)
‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”. If you know the Word, it’s always there. If
you don’t know the Word, you are in trouble when trouble comes. Did you hear what I just said? The Word
is near you. It’s always near you. The Word that you have put inside of you is always there and always handy,
always ready and always there for BATTLE.
Where is it? It’s in your HEART and it’s in your MOUTH. That’s the 2 places it has to be to do you
any good. Now, let’s look at it and read on.
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 unto righteousness,
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So, I’ve got to talk. You’ve got to SAY something. Faith is VERBAL. Faith is verbal. There are times
where you have quiet faith. Israel walked around 6 days and didn’t say nothing! And on the 7th day he
made a loud shout and the walls fell. The amazing thing to me is not on the 7th day that they shouted and
the walls fell… because Christians know how to shout and know how to talk. The amazing thing is that
they walked around their problem for 6 days and didn’t say nothing!
Can you walk around your problems and have the confidence - when God tells you to speak – it’s going
to fall? Okay? Faith talks. You don’t ever run into battle without talking. You don’t ever encounter
mountains without talking. I’m amazed at people that pray to God to move mountains. God never said
He’d move your mountain. He said, ‘Talk to it!’
What is your obstacle? What stands in the way of who you are and who you’re supposed to be? TALK
to that thing! You have no idea how much I talk to obstacles. If I have money obstacle, a person obstacle,
a committee obstacle, a decision obstacle, I TALK to that thing and command it to be thou REMOVED
from my midst and be cast into the sea.
How many of you have an obstacle standing in front of you and it doesn’t want you to get to the other
side of it? You’ve got to talk to that. You’ve got to tell it it will move. You’ve got to tell your past it will get
out from in front of you. You see what I’m talking about? Speak to those things. Faith is verbal.
Remember, David ran at Goliath. He just wasn’t turning a sling. He was TALKING. Every time you
come toward a giant you never run at a giant with your mouth shut. You run at your giant talking. Because
Faith is verbal.
David slinging that sling and he said, ‘You can come at me with a sword and spear, but I come at you in
the name of the Lord God of Hosts who this day shall deliver you into my hand.’
I mean, the whole time he’s turning, he’s TALKING.
Faith is verbal.
Ron Carpenter, Redemption World Outreach Center