Faith without WORDS is dead! We are created in the image of a communicating God, and it’s not what goes in the mouth, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If we believe, we need to confess Jesus is Lord. What comes out of the mouth on a regular basis will reveal whether faith is operating in the Christian life. You can’t believe that all things work together for good to those who love God and then say, “Woe is me, I’m doomed!” You can’t believe that the Lord has made you righteous, and then carelessly speak profanity. Words are expressions of what’s dominating inside.
That’s why it’s so important to have the Word dominating. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). Notice that when the Word dwells richly, we all become teachers! It doesn’t just apply to pastors, but it speaks of teaching and admonishing one another. And it doesn’t say to use sermons, but psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
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