(part 4 – cont. from same day – pt 1 , pt 2 , pt 3)
Due to the two PROFESSION devotionals earlier in the day and then the home group about the importance of our confession/profession that night, Rick Renner’s devotional “True Profession Is from the Heart” came to my remembrance, which God has given us on several occasions to encourage us to make sure each Scripture becomes heart revelation.
So the next morning, 5/7, I WAS AMAZED TO SEE THAT VERY DEVOTIONAL in my email inbox from Rick! This was NOT due to the theme of his home group with Robb Thompson, because the devotionals are sent out according to the date they appear in his book, Sparkling Gems from the Greek! I KNEW God was continuing to emphasize and confirm this theme about the critical importance of our PROFESSION!!! (link to whole devo below)
True Profession Is From the Heart
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;). — Hebrews 10:23
Years ago, I was staying at a pastor’s house while I was preaching in his church. The first day I slept in his home, I became very frustrated early the next morning. About 5 a.m., the telephone started ringing — and it rang and rang and rang. I began to count the rings…. Finally on the fiftieth ring, I got up, put on my clothes, and walked down the hallway to the kitchen… I picked up the receiver and said, “Hello.” But to my amazement, the phone just kept on ringing, even though I was holding the receiver in my hand! Then I noticed that the ringing wasn’t coming from the telephone at all, but from something to my right that was covered with a big white sheet. I pulled the sheet back to look, and there in a big cage was a Grey African parrot looking back at me! It had been mimicking the ringing of the telephone! That parrot sounded just like a telephone, but it was not a telephone!
As I walked back down the hallway to my bedroom, I started thinking about how that parrot reminded me of some people I knew! I’m talking about people who made what sounded like great faith confessions, but who weren’t really in faith at all. Their words sounded right, but they weren’t doing anything but parroting what they had heard someone else say or do. Because there was no faith backing up their words, their confessions were no more real than the ringing telephone coming from the beak of that parrot!
In Hebrews 10:23, the Bible says, “Let us HOLD FAST THE PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH.…” Today I’d like to draw your attention to the word “profession.” It comes from the Greek word homologia, which is a compound of the words homo and logos. …When these two words are joined together, they form the word homologia, which seems at first to mean to say the same thing.
…To capture the comprehensive meaning of the word homologia, it is essential to further consider the word logos. … it means words. Let me give you an illustration of the word homologia. … If you read my books and agree with what I have written — with my words — then in essence you are in agreement with me, for those words are me! … If you take my viewpoint and begin to hold it as your own conviction, it won’t be long until you and I are aligned in our thinking and believing. … Then when you share that information with others, you will no longer be just repeating — or parroting — what you have read in my book. Instead, you will be speaking from the platform of your own heart about what you believe. At that point, you and I will be genuinely aligned in our viewpoints and convictions, talking the same language! (More confirmation of ALIGNMENT and AGREEMENT with God/His Word- seeing things from His viewpoint – and of CONVICTION, in the sense of being convinced about something, from previous notes)
The word “profession” used in Hebrews 10:23 (or “confession,” as it is translated in other scriptures), from the Greek word homologia, is not the picture of a person who simply repeats what someone else says. This is an individual who has gotten God’s Word into his heart and who has come into agreement or alignment with what God says. This person sees a matter like God sees it; hears it like God hears it; feels it like God feels it. Now his heart and God’s heart are so unified on the issue that their hearts are nearly beating in syncopation with each other. Thus, when the believer opens his mouth to “confess” God’s Word, his confession is no longer powerless, empty chatter; instead, it comes from a very deep place of conviction inside his heart.
In light of this, Hebrews 10:23 carries this idea:
“Let us come into agreement with God and then begin to speak what He says, HOLDING TIGHTLY to what we confess and refusing to let anyone take it from us.…”
Real confessions are made out of words from God that have been sown into the heart. After a period of meditating and renewing the mind, you finally begin to see it the way that God sees it. You really believe what God believes! And from that place of heartfelt conviction, you then begin to speak and to declare your faith! You see, when a believer gets God’s Word so deep into his heart that he comes into alignment with it, he is no longer simply muttering empty words or parroting something he has heard when he speaks. Now he speaks boldly from a legitimate place of faith!
…Your faith and your mouth must be connected. A mechanical profession doesn’t come from the heart; therefore, it doesn’t bring forth any fruit. True profession must come from your heart before it comes out of your mouth. How do you avoid making mechanical, mindless confessions?
- First, make certain you have chosen to believe what God says. Commit your mind, heart, and all your strength to believing the Word of God, no matter how crazy it may sound to your natural mind.
- Then ask the Holy Spirit to make God’s Word real to you — so real, in fact, that should anyone even imply that what God said isn’t true, you’d think that person was out of his mind!
- Finally, pick up your Bible and do some serious study and meditation. Sow that Word into your heart until you and God are aligned on the issue. After that alignment comes into being, it’s time for you to open your mouth and start declaring the Word of God over your situation!
Today I want to encourage you to get into God’s Word. Take it deep into your heart and mind, and meditate on it until you and God begin to think alike! Once that Word becomes so real inside you that it becomes your word, it’s time for you to open your mouth and speak to any mountain that stands in your way. As you do, that mountain will be removed! A faith confession can only be a real mountain-moving confession when it comes from the heart before it comes out of the mouth. If you have planted God’s Word in your heart so that it is now your word as well, you have no need to tarry any longer! Open your mouth, and begin to confess what God has promised you! (© Renner Ministries)
Blessings and Prayers! Laura Tyree
to be continued… (Hold Fast Your Profession – pt 5 )