Can it ever be the “wrong” thing to say (along with Psalm 118:17), “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”?
First of all, how could agreeing with the Bible be wrong to do? Some people will say, “Yes, but I knew a brother who confessed that verse but then he passed away, so it was wrong for him to confess that.” I strongly disagree with this thinking.
Doesn’t the Bible TELL us to hide God’s word in our hearts (memorize it)? See Deuteronomy 6:6; 11:18; 30:14; Job 22:22; Psalm 19:14.
Furthermore, doesn’t Romans 10:8 give us specific instructions?
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach) . . . (Rom 10:8) When the word is in our mouths, it means that we are speaking it out loud.
This passage from the Bible specifically says that God’s word should be in our mouths and in our hearts. “Yes,” someone might say, “but maybe NOT certain passages of the Word.”
Again, I cannot agree. Doesn’t the very foundation of our faith state that when we accept Christ as our personal Savior and Lord that we have received ETERNAL LIFE?
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (Joh 17:3)
. . . that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:15)
So for any believer, at ANY time in their lives, to declare that “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” is completely in keeping with their faith and their lifelong testimony.
It is good to understand and to know that when we graduate into eternity, we shall most certainly be ALIVE, and we shall be “declaring the works of the Lord” forever!
Thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, believers move from victory to victory. So, be BOLD and CERTAIN in your faith, brothers and sisters!