That same night (5/6), since Jesse and I have been periodically trying to catch up on some Rick Renner home groups that we’d missed, we put on one from early April. On this episode, Rick had Robb Thompson with him as a guest and asked him to share his story (you can find past episodes in his webcast archives or on youtube).
Robb has a pretty amazing testimony of how the Lord saved, delivered, and healed him in a mental institution and then taught him how to renew his mind with the truth of the Word. He very vividly describes the process of how he learned to take thoughts captive and bring them into obedience to Christ (II Corinthians 10:3-5). He shared how he realized that just reading the Word was not enough to help him overcome the thoughts that continually assailed his mind, but the Lord took him to the account of Joshua.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:5-9
From this Scripture, God showed him the necessity that he not only read the Word, and not even only meditate on the Word, but that he also needed to be continually speaking the Word. (Though not letting it depart out of your mouth may sound like God was saying not to speak it, in reality God was telling them “Don’t ever STOP speaking it!” ~ Other translations say – “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;” “Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips”; “Never stop reciting these teachings.” )
Robb shared that when he began to speak the Word continually (whatever specific Scriptures God gave him for whatever his present need was), he finally began to experience the power of the Word to ACCOMPLISH and produce change (confession #10 – Is 55:11) ~ what Romans 12:1-2 describes as being TRANSFORMED by the renewing of the mind (discussed in our recent note A Key to Unleash God’s Power).
Immediately, this brought to mind the devo from KCM I’d just seen earlier in the day – making the play on words that our “profession” (confession/declaration) must become our “profession” (habitual, full-time, practice or career)! I knew the Lord was using this confirmation to encourage us to take our faith confessions to another level again (as we’d done more than a decade ago when He first taught us these principles to help me receive my first healing). (This idea of CONSISTENCY also ties into one of the other directions the Lord took me with confession 10 – but I’d better save that for another note.)
The last point Robb made from this passage was that while many believers have finally caught on to the importance of confessing/professing/declaring the Word, many still miss the next important step shown here – that we must then “observe” (obey) and DO it. From this he made the same point from our recent note (wrapping up confession #9) about not being HEARERS only, deceiving ourselves, but becoming DOERS of the Word. HELP US JESUS! Robb made the point that when he employed what God says about meditating on and speaking the Word day and night, the power of transformation was released that helped him DO IT.
Prayerfully, these confirmations will encourage those who need to change their PROFESSION to do so (because we DO have a profession – whether it’s based on the WORD or not is the only question) and will encourage those who already have the right PROFESSION to ramp it up from part-time to FULL-TIME and to become DOERS of those things we profess.
to be continued… (Hold Fast Your Profession – pt 4 )