Thursday, February 18

Romans 10:8b-13 (ESV)

8b “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”  12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.  13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The Bible says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, THEN we will be saved.  This requires a change on our part and an action in our hearts.  This is one of God’s conditional promises that he offers us.  So many times we think that salvation is free and while this is a gift from God, it requires something from us before we can receive it.  Receiving this gift is completely dependent upon our confession, hence a conditional promise.  This is a gift for ALL people here on earth and is not dependent upon your nationality, race, or gender.  In order to keep the Word near to us, in our mouths, and in our hearts, we must meditate on it.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us and hear the truths from the Lord.  This is the only way to recognize the lies of Satan, by staying steadfast in the Word.

During this season of Lent, what action do we need to take to receive this promise?  Have you confessed that Jesus is Lord over your life?  If you have received this promise, how are you living differently because of this promise?  When we surrender our lives to Christ, our thoughts and actions change to glorify Him.  How are you glorifying Him today?

Father, thank you for this gift, for this conditional promise that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart, then we will be saved.  Thank you for loving us and sacrificing for us, even though we are broken.  Show us what we need to turn over to you Lord, so that you are ruler over every aspect of our lives. Amen.

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