Do you have childhood events that are forever stuck in your memory? One of the memories that always travels across my mind and brings a smile, happened just before our family was going out for the evening. My brother and I had already gotten dressed and were waiting in the den for our parents. Suddenly our dad came in excitedly looking for his partial dental plate. He kept saying to our mom, “Mother, where’s my teeth? We are late and I can’t find my teeth!” He then enlisted my brother and me for the search. All four of us spread out in search for the missing teeth. We looked in all the bathrooms, bedrooms, and on the table next to dad’s recliner. We looked under beds and the breakfast room table, but no teeth. Dad continued running around excitedly asking, “Mother, where’s my teeth?!” Suddenly I heard a hilarious laugh from my mom as she shouted with glee, “Silly, they’re in your mouth!” We all had a big family laugh and went out for the evening.
Sometimes Christians are just like my dad. We scurry around excitedly asking God to give us something when we already have it. Consider Romans 10:8-10 (GNT).
What it says is this: “God’s message is near you, on your lips and in your heart”—that is, the message of faith that we preach. If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.
When we pray, we are not trying to get God to do something. We are simply asking in agreement for what he has already done in the finished work of the cross. It is by our belief in and confession of His promises that we receive salvation and wholeness in every area of our lives.
Remember that the Greek word for save is sozo which means to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to make well, to heal and restore to health, to preserve and to deliver from divine judgment. Wow! All of that is in that little word and it was given to us when Jesus endured the cross and rose from the dead!
So, the next time you cry out to God for something you need, remember that He has already provided all of our needs through Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Therefore, we can believe in our heart and declare with our mouth that the deliverance, protection, healing, restoration and wholeness that Jesus purchased for us are moving in us right now!
I sure don’t want to hear the Holy Spirit say, “Silly, what you need is in your heart and in your mouth.” Rather, I want to believe it, confess it, and receive it!”