We are continuing our study in Romans 10:9-11 today. We will be focusing on verse 10 in this devotional. I hope you will put all three days together to get a complete picture when we are finished. I have such an urgency in my heart because we are not promised tomorrow and we need to keep that forefront in our minds as we consider our own eternity and that of our friends and family.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
I worked at a crisis pregnancy center for about a year. We boldly shared the Gospel with all our clients unless they were unwilling to listen. I always used this scripture when I shared. I love it because it makes things so easy to explain. God wants the Gospel to be easy to understand. What a good and loving God He is. He wants us to come to Him for forgiveness and salvation – that is His plan.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“For it is with your heart that you believe… “
We talked yesterday about believing something in your heart. When we believe in our hearts it changes our lives.
“…and are justified… ”
When we believe in our hearts that Christ is the Son of God, that He suffered and died for our sins, that He came back to life and that we then surrender control of our lives to Him we are justified. Think of the word justify this way: just as if I never sinned.
“…and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Confess. Remember, that is saying it and meaning it. Think about the context of the verse and the passage as you contemplate it. Verse 10 is put with verse 9 for a reason. The lordship of Jesus Christ is always an issue we must deal with. We must remember that if He is not Lord of our lives, He cannot be Savior either. With true salvation comes a desire to please the Lord. Of course, we will slip into sin here and there, but our general desire is going to be to please Him if we are truly saved.
I know these are hard words but I want to meet you in heaven and moreover, God wants you there! A life that pleases Him is evidence of true salvation.
Let’s talk about the heart a little more. When we believe in our hearts it is because we have more than surface knowledge. God reveals Himself to those who seek to know Him. As we know Him and live out walking with Him, He fills our memory bank with things to hold onto and we can trust Him more surely. When God first begins revealing Himself to us we will be amazed at His love for us, but if we do not grow in our knowledge of Him then that amazement will stagnate and our faith can be easily overwhelmed. As we make a decision to commit our lives to Him, we need to make the most of that “newborn Christian” momentum and always be moving toward Him from that point forward.
That “believing in our hearts” lights a fire that burns for all eternity. God uses that belief and commitment to carry us through whatever comes – even the end of this brief life.
He Knew It All
It boggles my mind that He would create us knowing that our sin would demand the ultimate sacrifice of the blood of His dear Son Jesus Christ, yet He created us anyway. May we glorify Him with every single breath! What a great and awesome God we serve!!
Let’s go to the Lord in Prayer:
Thank You, Lord, for making a way for us to be reconciled to You. Lord, please help each one of us understand how important and necessary that is. Help us to live lives surrendered to You. Help us to love You with our lives, just as Jesus loved us with His life. Please make us what You want us to be. Help us to be completely Yours. In Jesus beautiful name. Amen.
Go Deeper Today: