Heart and Lips

Our confession must not contain lazy or deliber­ately vague words. There must not be any space between our heart and lips, lest what should be the confession of true reverence become a mask for evil. The Word must be near us and within us. There must not be any delay between the heart and the lips. We must have a faith of con­viction as well as of words….The Apostle Paul explains the prophet’s words: “That is the word of faith, which we preach; because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” True devo­tion consists in rejecting doubt, and in right­eousness from believing, and salvation from confessing. Don’t dally with ambi­guities. Don’t babble vainly. Don’t debate God’s powers in any way or try to limit His strength. Stop searching over and over again for the causes of unsearchable myster­ies…. Faith lies in simplicity, right­eousness in faith, and true godli­ness in confession. For God doesn’t call us to the blessed life through tiring investigations. He doesn’t tempt us with rhetoric. The way to eternity is plain and easy: believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess that He is the Lord. …Jesus Christ died so that we could live in Him.

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