Thursday, June 15
There are so many powerful verses in the three chapters for today but the section that really stuck out to me was this:
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 are preaching,
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It doesn’t matter who you are, how you look, what race you are, or how much money you have…we can all be saved! You believe with your heart, which results in righteous or “right” living, which means you are obedient. Then, with your mouth, you confess, you speak out loud that Jesus is your Lord. Calling Jesus your Lord means that you obey him. He has authority over you and your life is not your own, it is his. Doing these things, results in salvation!
Bonus!!! Our God is abounding in riches for all who call on Him. It almost seems too good! Usually when something seems too good to be true, it isn’t true. It is a scam. Like when someone calls my phone from a faraway place and tells me I entered a contest and won…and they just need some vital information to process my winnings! Thousands of dollars could be mine if I will give them my name, social security number, and birthdate. Humph! I don’t think so!
Scammers market things to you that appear like they will improve your life in some way but truly it is to rob you. With God, the truth is that He wants you!! Not only does He want you but He wants to give you the things that money can’t buy like peace, joy, love, and purpose. Don’t be scammed by the world. Too many times we have seen people in our small group get the job they have always wanted, promotion, or a boy/girlfriend, only for it to take them away from church and the family of God. The most precious thing we have is our faith and our hope. Make a solid confession and live righteously. If you have slipped in some area and are not giving your whole life to your master Jesus Christ, recommit yourself to him and surround yourself with strong believers.
God wants you more than anything and those verses above contain the necessary information for you to be with Him forever!
1 Timothy 2:4
“who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
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