The word of God is first in your mouth, and in your heart.Romans 10: 8
The word of God says that faith comes by hearing the word of God, do you know that you can speak the word of God to yourself? If the word says, ‘In the Lord, I have righteousness and strength,’ speak it to yourself and faith will come into your heart.
The word says, ‘ & of Him, we are in Christ, who has been made unto us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.’ Confess that to yourself and let your faith build.
‘If death reigned through that one man, how much more those who have received God’s abundant provision of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, will reign in life through Christ Jesus.’- Romans 5:17
‘For God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ 2 Corinthians 5:21
Keep confessing the word, and let be established in your heart.
Confess out loud: I am the righteousness of God in Christ!
In Hebrews 13 vs 5-6, the Bible says, ‘because He Himself said…so we may boldly say’. So our response to God’s word is to speak out and confess His word. And in Joshua 1, God told Joshua to not let the book of the law depart from his mouth. And I learned through Pastor Prince that the Hebrew word for the word ‘meditate’ in that instruction from God, is actually to mutter, which makes more sense considering that it should not depart from your ‘mouth’. Thinking on the word day and night does not in any way meet the requirement to not let it depart from your mouth, you have to speak it for it to work like that.
I have learned that the first five books of the old Testament are sometimes referred to as the book of the law. However, in verse 7, God also told Joshua to obey all the law that Moses had given him. The law from Moses was also part of those first five books. Joshua was under the law, he had to mutter the law and not let it depart from his mouth.
But we know that we are under the new covenant, we know that we have received His abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, and by one man’s offense, many were made sinners, also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5: 17 – 20)
We are not under the law, for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Jesus gave us His grace through His death and His gift of righteousness, so what should we confess? What should we mutter? We get to speak all the other promises of God, yes, but where Joshua would mutter the law, what should we mutter?
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.Romans 10:4
We are not under law but under grace, and we are now slaves to His righteousness, so what should we not let depart from our mouths? No matter how hard life gets, we are better off speaking righteousness than we are complaining, even if you don’t truly believe it yet, speak, and faith will arise in you.
2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to [a]fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”Numbers 14
And Numbers 14 in the story of 12 spies that Joshua and Caleb were a part of, we also see that what we speak is important. They had said they would die and will not be able to enter the land, and they all died. In fact, God was so angry He wanted to kill everyone there and there but Moses pleaded for them.
8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they[c] are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”Numbers 14
But for Joshua and Caleb who believed that because God was with them they would enter the land with no problem, they entered the land with the next generation. In fact, we know Caleb was declared by God to have a different spirit (Numbers 14:24). Caleb and Joshua had said that the giants were their bread because the Lord delighted in them and was with them.
13And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,2 Corinthians 4
And as I said in Confess your righteousness in Christ daily, the righteous of faith speaks, unlike the righteousness of the law where people had to do things and live by them. ( Romans 10:5 -13) So whatever is going in your life, speak His righteousness.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 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): 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.Romans 10
In Mark 11, the Lord Jesus Christ talks about the importance of speaking. While in this situation He demonstrated that you can curse things you don’t want in you life, His overall message was that when you say something, and believe it in your heart, you will have whatever you say. And so we should believe we have whatever we ask of Him when we pray and it will be ours.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Mark 11
In my post, God’s promises for the righteous, I highlighted some of the promises we get through His righteousness. And we know that when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all the other things we want will be added unto us. So every time you confess your righteousness in Christ, believe that every promise that accompanies that righteousness is yours.
And last but definitely not least, in fact, this could be the most important, in Isaiah 45, God Himself swore that we shall confess that in the Lord we have righteousness and strength. I know I said this in the Confess your righteousness in Christ daily post, but it is so important I felt it needed to be repeated. So if for nothing else, do it for His glory. If nothing else I have said has convinced you, just do it for His glory.
23 I have sworn by Myself;Isaiah 45
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
24 He shall say,
[g]‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.
To Him men shall come,
And all shall be ashamed
Who are incensed against Him.
25 In the Lord all the descendants of Israel
Shall be justified, and shall glory.’ ”
This is not your own personal righteousness, it’s the righteousness of Christ. So every time you confess it, you bring to remembrance the finished word of the cross and give glory to God what He did for you. You acknowledge that it’s not by your own works that you are saved, but through His love sacrifice for you.
So give glory to God by confessing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
But don’t worry, if you don’t want to, others will, because God’s word shall never return to Him without accomplishing what He sent it to do. (Isaiah 45:23)
And as the Psalmist said, ‘I will go in the strength of the Lord God and I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.’
14 But I will hope continually,Psalm 71: 14 – 16
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
Will you do it with me?
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