Faith confesses. The Greek word homologeo (Strong’s #3670; hahm-ahl-ahg-eh-oh) as we seen some days ago means to give assent, covenant, or to acknowledge. A contractual meaning is suggested, as when a building project is to begin. Jesus uses this word when He says, “Whoever confesses me before men, … [I] also will confess …” (Luke 12:8). It means “to speak the same thing.” Faith aligns the persuading word with the embraced word to the spoken word. What should you be confessing in your present circumstance? You should be confessing what you have become persuaded of—you should be confessing what you are welcoming into your life. Put it in the negative: What should you not be confessing? You should not confess things of which you are not persuaded. You should not be confessing things you are, in fact, not welcoming into your life.
Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Pastor Steve Overman, says, “The Word of God will always tell you what’s going on in God’s heart. Unfortunately, your words will always tell you what’s going on in your heart!” The question is: What is the condition of your heart towards the promises of God as indicated by your confession?
I had the blessing to speaking with some ladies from a small church here in Wales who had been praying for an area of their town. They believe totally that 100% of this area will accept Jesus. This belief just follows out of their words.
Faith declares plainly. Why is this different from what we just looked at? The preceding has to do with vocabulary—the words you have been using that tell the condition of your heart towards the promises of God. This present declaration comes more as a manifestation of a life decision that you have made which is evident to all. The Greek word for manifest, emphanidzo (Strong’s #1718; em-fan-id-zoh), is used to describe the manifestation of the life, what others can plainly see because of life-style and conversation. Jesus uses this word when speaking of the spiritual manifestation He and the Father will make to every believer when the Holy Spirit is received (John 14:21). The combination of words used here in Hebrews suggests clarity. There can be no disputing of what is being declared. It is obvious. The “plainly declaring” phrase may certainly involve language, but it is much more than that. If you are around someone who is “declaring plainly” (as the word is used here), you will hear what is being spoken through body language, decisions, actions, and their words. Their life “plainly declares.” And in this instance, the lives of these believers “plainly declared” that they had become persuaded of God’s promise, that they had welcomed God’s promise into their lives, that they were speaking what God what was promising, and that their entire life-style proved that this faith was real. The question is: What is your life telling about your faith to the people who know you best?