The Apostle Paul - “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV)
Many have heard the statement “Seeing is believing,” however the statement “Saying is believing” is probably more true. Basically, until we say it, we don’t really believe it. When we have faith in something, we will have the courage to open our mouths and speak what we believe. Jesus said, “If anyone… does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24 NIV) The words we speak hold power, and they can shape our attitudes and actions. When we speak with faith and conviction, we unleash God’s power to work in us and through us.
Faith comes through the confession of our mouths. When we speak words of life, truth, and faith, we become more convinced of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Just as our words can build others up, they can also strengthen our own faith. As Christians, we should declare with our mouths what we believe in our hearts. The Apostle Paul writes, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:5-10 NIV) Whatever is too big for our mouths to say is too big for our hearts to believe.
It is important for us to remember that our words should be grounded in God’s Word and aligned with His will. The closer our words are to His truth, the more powerful they become in shaping our faith. We can trust that when we pray in faith and proclamation, we can see mountains move and miracles happen. Let us be intentional about the words we speak and confess. May they always be in agreement with God’s promises instead of our own circumstances. Our words should reflect a positive attitude of faith that believes in the goodness of God and surrenders to His will for our lives and for the world. May we always be encouraged to boldly speak with faith in our everyday lives, trusting that God is always at work in all things and in all circumstances.
Followup Activity - Reread 2 Corinthians 4:13 above. In what ways are you speaking faith in your life? In what ways do you need to speak faith in your life? Pray and ask the Lord to help your belief grow as you speak in faith. If you are leading your family through this devotion time, dialogue with them about how our faith is impacted by the words we speak. Then, pray as a family, asking the Lord to build the faith of your family through the words you all speak in faith.
Prayer for Today - Lord, help me to build my faith as I speak with faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.