It has been a while, and I am sorry for that. The raindrops are still coming, and I have one to share this morning.
Hebrews 10:23 says: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" (I know that I should have put a period inside that quotation mark, but I had to leave the original punctuation, because it feels like God just winked at me! He loves me and my prodigal!)
So I am taking notice of this verse. It tells me to not let my faith waver in my words. I am to "hold fast the profession of" my "faith." The New King James Version puts it this way: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."
Our words are powerful! Have you ever told a story from your past so many times that you KNOW it is the truth, but when you tell it in the presence of someone else who was there, they remember it a totally different way? My sister constantly reminds me that I caused her to brake her tailbone when we were children. She says that when we were living in Grand Bay, Alabama, I was pushing her on our neighbor's flying jenny way too fast, and she flew off. The way I remember it is that she was trying to sit on the corner of the bed and missed, falling off and landing on the hardwood floor. I also remember that the neighbor who owned the flying jenny lived across the street from us in Gordo, Alabama. We have both told that story so many times, that the details have gotten out of whack, most likely on both sides.
So, back to the scripture at hand. Let's keep our words full of faith. I would never want one of us to allow our words to talk us out of believing that God can and will save our lost loved one. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able, but only as much as we allow His power to work in us. Let's read that verse: "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." We always focus on the first part of that verse, and for very good reason: it builds our faith. But if we look at the last part, it seems to say that we can limit what God will do, not can do, by how much we allow His power to work in us.
Let's confess our faith, profess our faith, and NEVER say that IF God saves our lost, it will be a miracle; or that their salvation seems impossible; or that we see no hope; and so many other negative things we say when we see negative circumstances. Let's look for those raindrops that point to the promises of God coming true. Let's use words that build up our faith, that state firmly what God's Word promises and what God has promised us personally. I KNOW God's promises are true, and that He keeps EVERY ONE OF THEM!!!
One more verse that is well-known, and I will try to quit. (It is hard to stop when it feels like God is pouring this all over me and into me!) Philippians 4:8 says: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." If we think on these suggested things, our words will be as God requires, because "out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)
Let our words speak faith only, and see what God will do!