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Let Our Confessions Match Our Actions



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[Romans 12]

As I walked this morning and prayed, I heard this loud and clear, “let our confessions match our actions”. This took me back a little. I mean, I was praying for the Saints when I heard this. So, you can imagine my surprise when these words came to me. However, God, did not stop there. He let me see that the state of the world is not a surprise to Him, nor should it be to us. We, the Church, the Saints, the Christians, are not living up to what we are confessing. We are responsible for the confusion, the misguidedness, and the “accept all” attitude the world has now adopted.

I started hearing different scriptures go through my mind. I am going to share with you what was shared with me.

Romans 10:9 is the basis for all of our beliefs as Christians. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (KJV). This is how we all got our start. Something, the Holy Ghost, pricked our hearts to the point that we accepted Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior. We became saved. This was our first confession into Christendom. Then, we had to work on biblical teachings, precepts, and living. As we grow in Christ, more is required of us.

We are told in Romans 12:1-2 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, not to conform to the world, and be transformed by renewing our minds. However, I can attest that many have not done this. We are so angry with the world for allowing same-sex marriages, but we have Christians who are living together and they are not married. We have more children out of wedlock from Christians than ever before, and if you walk in many of our churches, you won’t be able to tell if you are in the hottest club, or a church by the way some are dressing. (I am not talking about women wearing pants, either.) Saints are marrying unbelievers, hanging with sinners, and taking on the ways of the world. We have forgotten what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6: 17, “wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (KJV). What is the unclean thing? Being unequally yoked with unbelievers, communing with darkness, agreeing with Belial, taking part with infidels, and agreeing with idols, these are the unclean things mentioned in verses 14-16. It seems nothing is sacred any longer. Homosexuals are our best and most faithful musicians, choir directors, and singers.  Whoremongers, adulterers, fornicators, thieves, liars, coveters, and fence-straddlers are allowed to hold positions and be recognized because we need the tithe and the membership. I must say, God is not pleased.

couple-praying1We walk around spouting “for with God nothing shall be impossible,” but we continue to stay in poverty, lack, fear, and defeat. We don’t believe our own prayers and this is evident by our shocked reactions when there is an answered prayer. We are throwing up “hail Mary’s” hoping God will answer, but not really believing in the power of His word or our prayers. Think about it, if we truly believed in our prayers, and in the power of the word of God, why have we not been present in God’s presences during all the tragedies going on around the world? The word of God states, “…if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19, KJV). So, when we agree and go to the Father for provision, it is done. When we agree and go to the Father for deliverance, it is done. When we agree and go to the Father for healing, it is done. When we agree and go to the Father for peace, it is done. Then, why are so many Christians walking around sickly, dying, broke, barely making ends meet, and in sin? Because we don’t believe the “words that are coming out of our mouths”! God has stated that we can speak to mountains and they have to obey (Mark 11:23). But the key to all of this is believing. Mark 11:24 tells us that we can ask for whatever we desire, but “when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (KJV). So, it is obvious that we don’t believe our prayers. If we did, more change would happen, more souls would be saved, and others would look at us and ask, “what must I do to be saved?” (Act 16:30, KJV). Yet, we want the world to believe what we do not. Be reminded of the scripture in Hebrews 11:6, “without faith it is impossible to please him [God]” (KJV). The question is, “are you pleasing God or are you disgusting Him?”

God’s promises are sure (2 Corinthians 1:20). You can rest assured that they will come to pass. We only have to be faithful to God, and His word. God’s promises to us are thousands of years old. We are admonished to not let any “corrupt communication proceed out of” our mouths (Ephesians 4:29, KJV). This has many implications and meanings. Don’t speak doubt, don’t speak unbelief, don’t speak death, don’t speak rejection, don’t speak anything that is against the word of God. Ephesians 4 tells us many things that we should adhere to and avoid. For instance, we are to put off the former conversation of the old man, we are to be renewed in the spirit of our mind, we are to put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness, we are to put away lying, not sin when angry, don’t hold on to wrath, not steal, we are to work, give to the needy, be kind to one another, be forgiving, and we are to not give place to the devil. Once we have done these things, then we can walk in the promises of God indicated in Deuteronomy 28:13, “and the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them” (KJV). We can be heads of state, congressmen/women, senate leaders, state representatives, and the like. Then, we can see biblical change in the land,

if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV).

God has given us the power to be world changers. We have to believe what His word says, and we have to walk judiciously according to His word. John 14:12 states, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (KJV). I implore each and every one of you that may read this to return to your first love and “repent, and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5, KJV). Time is winding down. We, the Saints, the Christians, those called of God, are responsible for how we present or misrepresent Christ. Let not blood be on your hands for a soul lost because you failed to do what you have been called and instructed to do. Make sure your confessions and your actions line up with the word of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, KJV)


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About Paula Bibbs-Samuels

A born again believer since 1995. Since this time she has served in the church in many different areas. She is now employed with U.S.B.C., and continues in ministry. A mother of two, Paula is a dedicated parent and she is committed to see them become successes in whatever field of education or course of life they choose. Paula is a part of many community committees in order to help those who are deemed less fortunate, or those who need a “voice” when their own cannot be heard. Paula’s goal and heart’s desire is to minister the love of Jesus to as many as possible. A graduate of Lubbock Christian University, Paula has been sustained by God through the struggles of life, and the successes created by faith.



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