…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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10:9-10 KJV
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
How can we be saved? Or rather assured we are? I've been struggling lately against the enemy and a voice telling me I'm not Gods child and I'm not saved. I believe in Jesus, I'm just afraid he doesn't actually want me.
How can we be saved? Repent and believe the Gospel. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your hear that God raised him from the dead.
How can we be assured of our salvation? Well, it’s true that some people will falsely assume that they are true Christians. They can deceive themselves with false hopes and sinful assumptions of being in the favor of the Lord despite their lack of repentance, faith, holiness, etc. But the real test of your salvation lies in this hypothetical situation… When you stand before God, and he asks you, “In what are you justified? How do you merit acceptance into my kingdom?” If your response is to point away from yourself and back to him and his work… then you are truly saved.
When we are saved, there is a definitive breach between us and sin. We have been crucified to sin and it no longer reigns in us. Now, the great deception is that if we continue to sin that we are no longer Christians and have cause to doubt our salvation. That is not true. The truth is that, because of our breach with sin, we can no longer rejoice in our sin. Though we will carry on sinning as we grow in sanctification, we will always have a sense of conviction. We can no longer sin, carefree of the implications and consequences. The problem with this is that we often translate that conviction into shame. And that shame gets translated into fear. Fear that we no longer belong to the Lord. The enemy knows that nothing can remove us from the hand of God. So he settles for the next best thing… convincing us that we don’t belong to God even though it is him who holds us.
So, be assured. Not only does Jesus want you… he already has you.
Slovakian folklore, Jarilo is the god of war, vegetation, fertility,
spring, and the harvest. Morena is the goddess of the harvest,
witchcraft, winter, and death. Jarilo is associated with the moon and
Morena is considered a daughter of the sun. Both of them are children of
Perun (the god of thunder and lightning).
born on the night of the new year, but Jarilo is snatched from the
cradle and taken to the underworld,
where Veles (god of the underworld) raises him as his own. At the spring
festival, Jarilo returns from
the world of the dead,
bringing springtime from the ever-green underworld into the realm of the
meets his sister Morena and courts her. At the beginning of summer, they
are married. This sacred union between
brother and sister (children of the supreme god) brings fertility and
to earth, ensuring a bountiful harvest. And, since Jarilo was raised by
Veles and his wife is the daughter of Perun, their marriage brings peace
two great gods and ensures there will be no storms to damage the
the harvest, however, Jarilo makes a bad choice. He is unfaithful to his wife, and Morena vengefully
slays him. His death returns him to the underworld. Without her husband, Morena — and
all of nature with her — withers and freezes in the upcoming winter. She turns
into a terrible, old, and dangerous goddess of darkness and frost, and
eventually dies by the end of the year.
The whole story repeats itself anew each year. There is always a fresh springtime, followed by summer, autumn, and winter.
The story of Jesus raising up Lazarus, we think it’s about him being raised from the dead because it’s amazing. But really it’s about learning to believe God in the face of tragedy and how nothing should be given the power to change or influence what we know to be true as children of God.
I honestly don’t know much about Mormonism. I’ve been researching and, from what I’ve read thus far, there seems to be a lot of controversy (as many of their beliefs seem to contradict Christianity).
Here’s what I do know:
…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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. - Romans 10:9-10
If anyone else knows more on this subject, do feel free to chime in.
Galatians 1:1-12 (HCSB) Paul, an apostle—not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me:
To the churches of Galatia.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on human thought. For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation from Jesus Christ.
20. They glorify Him by night and day (proclaiming that He is absolutely
exalted above any shortcoming or need of partners, or doing pointless
things), and never show tiredness nor lose zeal.
21. What, have those polytheists (given up hope of heaven and) adopted
deities from the earth, (do they believe) that they (those deities) can
raise up the dead?
A lot of the time, I feel like I cannot be writing a blog post about God because I’m not in the “right place with God” to be doing so. But then I quickly remind myself how nobody will ever be in the “right place with God” because we all fall short. As humans, we are all Unworthy because we have all sinned. I sin every single day no matter how hard I try. It just happens. WE ARE HUMAN. But of course, as being a follower of Jesus, I try my hardest to run from sin and instead follow the path Jesus walked. We must constantly be running from all evil and trying our best to live like Jesus. And if you never began this relationship with Christ, It’s so simple! “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.” Romans 10:9 (ESV) So today, I was studying through Matthew 16 and a few things hit me. I wanted to share. Btw, I would love to do a weekly devotional on here or somewhere on the web. I think it would build me up as a christian and I would love to share what God has spoken to me to encourage all of you. Anyway…
Matthew 16:24 (ESV)
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.“
What does this all mean? Taking up a cross?! Are we actually supposed to find a wooden cross and carry it like Jesus did?! Of course not haha. Jesus already did that for us. I believe this is one of the most powerful verses in the bible. It’s necessary for living the life Jesus called us to live. Let me go into what this means.
1. Deny yourself
2. Take up your cross
3. Follow Jesus
By living the life Jesus called us to live, we must first deny ourselves. That simply means denying our self will. This life is not about what we want, but all about what Jesus wants for us! We must constantly be surrendering our lives to Jesus and giving ourselves up to him so He may do a work in us. If we do not deny ourselves, Jesus won’t be able to work on us. Let go of all your trials and problems and give it up to the God of all creation to take care of. Let Him be in control. I know every time I try to take control, I always fail.
Next, once we deny ourselves, we must take up our cross. I love how my ESV study bible puts this. It translates taking up your cross to "embracing God’s will”. Every single moment throughout our days, wherever we may find ourselves, we must always be living a life pleasing to God. The way we talk to people, serve people, hang with our friends, etc. If what we’re doing does not seem to be pleasing God, then it’s definitely something we need to let go of. If we’re not pleasing God, we cannot be growing closer to christ. Sin is sin and we must flee it immedietely.
Then the last command is to follow Jesus. This is an every day routine, not just a thing you do when you go to church on Sunday. I try to read my bible and talk to Jesus everyday. It’s necessary for a Christian to do this in order to grow with christ. I love to compare it to people in a relationship. If a couple is in a relationship but talk only ONCE a week for 5 minutes, how are they supposed to stay together or learn more about each other? It’s impossible haha and extremely awkward. If we’re not talking to God everyday and seeking him, how can that relationship be alive? I know how hard it is to start reading your bible everyday, but sometimes you just have to push really hard in the beginning. Then eventually, God will take off and begin working in you. The moment I gave up smoking weed everyday, I begin to seek Jesus in the word everyday and that hunger for him begin to build more and more! It’s amazing how Jesus works. He wants to grow closer to us more than we want to grow closer to him. The GOD of all creation loves us more than we can ever comprehend. super cool.
And this 3 step process is a daily commitment. Everyday I pray to God denying myself and asking for forgiveness for constantly messing up as a human. All I want to be is more like Jesus and that won’t happen if I’m not in the word everyday. If we only seek Jesus once a month, not only will that relationship be dead but it also opens doors for Satan to come in and tackle us. Talk to God like you’re talking to any one of your friends. He knows EVERYTHING about us. Be straight up simple with him. He loves that more than anything!
I haven’t done a post about God in a good while and this was definitely refreshing! I consider this more of a rant than a devotion because I simply just started typing. Hopefully this made some sense. Thanks for reading if you got up to this point :)
I love you guys. If you have any prayer requests or questions, just send them to my ASK. I’ll try to answer as many as I can. And even if I don’t answer yours, it doesn’t mean I didn’t see it. I will pray for every thing I see! Jesus hears all our prayers :)
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
To confess “Jesus is Lord” means He’s in control of every area of our lives—Our life belongs to Him and we surrender to Him completely as our Lord. Salvation comes by confessing and believing in the person and the finished work of Jesus Christ. So confession and belief together results in righteousness and salvation. The last statement is so incredible that it can offend anyone who has tried to gain salvation by good works. We shall live for eternity with Him because we have believed and confessed. Romans 10:9 ‘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.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
The righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or 'Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 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. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”