Faith and Confession
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Scripture: Romans 10:8-11
8 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): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Observation: Part of the “Roman Road,” the path of salvation in Jesus Christ. These verses speak about faith and confession, both of which are necessary in the life of a born-again believer. The verse that really spoke to me today was the first part of verse 10:”For with the heart one believes until righteousness . . . .” Unless our heart is engaged, our faith expanded, we cannot enter into a relationship with Jesus and the Father.
Application: My heart must truly be engaged in this relationship or it doesn’t exist. My mouth must speak out of my faith, not out of my brain! There has to be a heart connection for faith to spring up strong and grow. In scripture it tells us that we are all given “a measure of faith.” I wonder if this measure of faith is the faith that is necessary for us to, as verse 10 says, with the heart I believe until righteousness. THEN my mouth can confess salvation. Until I have that measure of faith, I am unable to speak out of my heart. I can speak out of my brain, but “brain talk” will not bring about the saving of my soul and renewing of my spirit that is present in faith talk from my heart.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the faith that you provided so that I might be saved! Thank you that you chose me, pursued me, taught me and led me into a relationship with you. Thank you that you are continuing to teach me and open my mind to understanding of your Word and your nature. I love you, Abba. In Jesus’ Name I pray. AMEN!