Empty Words - Part Two | Devotions to Produce Spiritual Growth
with Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Can we truly say that our hearts and our words demonstrate true faith and belief in God? You know…it’s so easy to speak words but to actually believe in the words we speak, is a whole different thing. Before we go any further, I would like to share two Bible references with you this morning and the first one is found in Matthew 15:8 and we read… “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Also, let’s turn to Matthew 14:31b, which reads… “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
How many of us can say that we speak faith but don’t feel it with our hearts? It’s as though our words come out of our mouths, while our hearts back off and question what we just spoke. Do we realize that when our hearts don’t match up with our words; then it’s as if our words have come forth from our mouths, while falling instantly to the ground, with no meaning or purpose to them? I have come to see throughout my life; that when I speak from my heart; that there is a “wow factor,” to what I am saying. In other words…our hearts should add a sound of excitement and anticipation, to what we speak, when it comes to having faith in God.
Do we realize that when we speak words of faith alone; then that makes our hearts distant from God? There can be moments, when we say to ourselves… “I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed but yet God doesn’t seem to hear me.” Could it be that the words we speak have fallen to the ground…before even reaching the throne of God, due to a heart that hasn’t believed in the words we first told Him? Today, we need a voice that not only speaks faith but actually says… “Yes…I believe that God can do all things!” When we choose to not only speak faith but also believe in the words we say; then we have actually opened up every door of our heart to God, which makes it much easier for Him to do the work that He desires to do.
As we continue to walk into a new year, let this be the time, when we allow our faith to soar into the heavens…to a place where God not only hears our cries for help but is also able to read the tablet of our hearts, through a faith that says… “I am weak oh Lord, but you are strong!”