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Sunday 11th September


Thought: I want to talk this morning about our core beliefs and how this affects our lives. The things we see in life, our life and how we view those around us are through the lens of our core beliefs. What makes up our reality is what we hold as a core truth. When we understand and explore our core truth we can begin to understand our actions and reactions to the world around us. The argument between nature and nurture plays a part here in knowing ourselves. If we are struggling in areas, then the faith that is at our very core makes us return and go back to the first principle. Knowing ourselves or being self-aware is useful in knowing where we are going. As we all have a starting point and from there can map out where we want to be and thereby grow.

 

Scripture 

 

“The heart that believes in him receives the gift of the righteousness of God—and then the mouth confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Romans 10:10 TPT

 

Introduction 

 

It can be easy to forget God's presence and power when we face uncertain and difficult times. Our faith falters and we doubt that God is with us, sometimes even doubting that God is real and God is who the bible says God is. 

The name Israel means those who struggle with God.  God knew that at times we may struggle with unbelief and has spoken reassuring words to us through the Bible. When we begin to doubt, read these Bible verses about believing and pray that God will renew your heart and mind toward who He says He is and who He says we are! Be encouraged as we see God move through all circumstances in life to grow our faith.

It, therefore, matters what we believe at the core of our being, as it affects what we say and what we speak because it affects what we do and ultimately how we are saved.

 

Three points this morning first, the link between the heart and the mouth. Second, the gift of right standing with God, and finally the key to salvation.

  1. Heart and mouth. 

In Matthew 15 Jesus warned his disciples and spoke to them saying that it is not what goes into our mouths that bring defilement, therefore what comes out of our mouths reveals the core of your heart. Jesus says therefore the Words we speak can pollute our being and it's not food. We have heard the saying you are what you eat, which is true to some extent, but when it comes to our thinking we are what we speak. Jesus warned the Pharisees in Matthew 12 speaks of their hearts being far from God. Even though they said the right things their life didn't match up, making them hypocritical, or as we would say today virtue signalling. Christ says to them

 For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Matthew 12:34 NRSV

 

We know what lies within our core belief our life naturally follows and if unchecked can control us. An example may be that If we have a supernatural fear, perhaps spirits or ghosts, then hearing a bump in the night changes from going back to sleep realising it’s just the wind. Or is not sleeping due to nightmares and terrors. 

 

In our culture we see so much superstition around us, such as bad things happening in the 3’s. Making us superstitious and thinking the universe is conspiring against us. Or we begin to look for all the things going wrong rather than trusting in God.

If however, our fundamental belief is that God is love and all good gifts come from him, the Father of lights. This then can bring us to a place of security and we can order our lives as such.

 

If our lives are full of negative talk it can be an indication that we at the core of our being think we are not the ones made in the image of God, that God says that we are.

 

  1. Gift of Righteousness.   

The second point is that the gift of righteousness comes from a heart that believes. Christ’s gifts like all of God’s gifts come through faith or belief. The serpent in Genesis 2 aimed to disrupt God’s order, entice humans to believe a lie and hand over the rule that humanity was given. The rule is conditional on our relationship with God, rule with submission to God is not toxic.

 

The deception began with the intention to get these humans to doubt God’s word. Hebrews 11 says faith comes by hearing the words of Christ, therefore by engaging with the word, faith comes, and with faith comes the gifts of God, especially right standing. Indeed as Paul writes to the Romans, “if God is for us who can be against us” (Rom 8.31) and “no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Isa 54.17) Engaging our minds with the words of Christ is vital for the follower of Christ. Therefore the enemy would love nothing better to distract us and prevent us from hearing Christ. Perhaps this is why we can disengage our brains and binge on Netflix for hours yet can't read our bibles without falling asleep.  The truth is we need to be intentional and disciplined, build resilience and not waver. Not be like children tossed to and fro by the latest meme or careless thought.  Only the word of God is powerful enough to divide truth from lies and spirit from flesh. Some Netflix documentaries may be temporally persuading but will not bring about lasting fruit, The word is a living and active force of change. As such the word of God accomplished that which it sets out to do and does not return to God empty.

Christ who is the ultimate word of God in our lives is like cleaning, the washing of the water of the word - Paul writes of this as he says Christ washes and sanctified the church by the washing of the word. (Eph 5.26), 

In John 13 we read of a key moment in the ministry of Christ. The disciples especially Peter didn't, at the time, fully understand what Christ is doing in washing their feet. Later he gets it, but he hesitates at first. 

 

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean... 

John 13:6-11 NRSV

 

This notion of being clean is further clarified by Christ saying in John 15.3 that you are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you. Therefore it could be said that the word believed leads us into the right relationship with Christ and this belief goes us the gift of righteousness.

  1. Salvation now and not yet.

Finally, the heart believes and the mouth speaks resulting in salvation. It could be said that we are saved, being saved and going to be saved. We are saved from our past, as Paul says “such as some of you were idolatrous sexual deviants.” (1Cor 6.11) being saved, by the word of God we are being continually washed and cleaned, as Jesus is still washing our feet, even though are already clean. And finally in the resurrection when we receive our new bodies in the likeness of Christ's resurrection. (Rom 6.5)

 

This notion of salvation in scripture is an all-encompassing word. Speaking of both physical and Spiritual salvation. Speaking of the wholeness of mind and body, this holistic mindset was common in Judaism. The Gnostics however thought the body was evil and beyond redemption. The early Church fought against the doctrine that said we are ultimately spiritual beings and that the physical body doesn't matter. This erroneous train of thought proposes that what we do with our bodies is not important but who we are spiritually. We have this today in some places too.  That who we are is merely an external biological being, that the real us is who we are spiritually and that we live in this meat package waiting for our spirits to be saved from this body. 

The opposite is also a dangerous trap to fall into, that we are just meat packages a product of millions of years of evolution and driven by animal desires. 

The truth is that scripture teaches us of the resurrection of our bodies which means that God has a place for us physically and spiritually. That we need to take care of both our spiritual life and our physical life. This is why we can't just sleep around thinking it won't affect us internally. What we do matters to our salvation, as much as what we say matters.

 

We are saved now, by our faith in Christ saved from our destructive past, saved to set us apart in this world and saved in the future in the resurrection when the kingdom has been fully realised.

 

“The heart that believes in him receives the gift of the righteousness of God—and then the mouth confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Romans 10:10 TPT

 

Perhaps we have been struggling in our faith, wrestling with doubt, feeling the universe is conspiring against us. However, It matters what we believe at the core of our being, as it affects what we say. And what we speak about affects what we do and ultimately how we are saved.

 

There is a link between the heart and the mouth, we need to feed our core belief with God’s word, and renew our minds, Second, understand the gift of right standing with God by knowing who we are in Christ, and finally the key to salvation, knowing we have been saved we are no longer our old worldly selves, no longer lost without direction or purpose. we are saved being saved and going to be saved.

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