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Devotional - week of July 15, 2018

WE BELIEVE, WE SPEAK

 

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak.   2 Corinthians 4:13

 

Paul is quoting Psalm 116:10, which reads, “I believed, therefore I spoke, I am greatly afflicted.” Evidently, the Psalmist is saying that he believes in the love and sufficiency of God and therefore he prayed.

 

Paul quotes the psalm in the context of a passage where he speaks about God’s deliverance to him in times of certain defeat and about God resurrecting believers from the dead. His speaking is not in prayer but as a testimony to others about God’s goodness and power.

 

Most believers speak to God in their distress and will continue to do so, as the Psalmist did. This is what we should all do.

 

Like Paul, some believers speak to others about the victories of God in their times of need and about their certainty of their resurrection from the dead. This also is what all believers should do.

 

It is a joy when asking a stranger we pass on the street how he is and he responds with, “Blessed.” We know what he means. He is testifying about the blessings of God. We are blessed when someone explains in detail a blessing he has received from God. They believed and spoke.

 

We are not bragging on ourselves when we tell others about our experiences of God blessing us out of His goodness and power. God often uses our testimonies to build faith in others.

 

As we walk in the Spirit, He will tell us when to “speak” because “we believe.”