Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 14)
Romans 10:8-10 “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.”
Let’s ask the obvious question. Is it really as simple as confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and as a result of this you will be saved? The answer to this question is unequivocally, yes.
But here’s something to think about – note that we don’t have to confess this truth over and over again in order to continue to be saved. The Word does not say to confess this over and over again in order to keep your salvation.
You say it once – it’s done. This same spiritual law applies to our prayers. Let’s take a look at some of the miracles Jesus did during his life on earth. For example, in Matthew 21, Jesus found a fig tree and when He only found leaves on it, He cursed it. It died. Jesus didn’t have to curse it over and over again. It was done when He said it. The disciples marveled at the fig tree withering and asked Jesus how the fig tree withered. Jesus answered them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21-22)
Note that Jesus didn’t tell the disciples that they have to ask over and over again. The stand-out verse here is Matthew 21:22, which says “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” And, it’s also worth noting that Jesus confessed with his mouth and believed in His heart that the fig tree would wither!
In Matthew 9 there were two blind men who followed Jesus, desiring to be healed. In Matthew 9:28-29 it says that when Jesus “entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” These blind men confessed with their mouth and believed in their heart that Jesus would heal them.
Did the blind men have to ask over and over again to be healed? No.
In Matthew 8, a Centurion found Jesus and said to Him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented”. Jesus offered to come and heal the servant. The Centurion responded with a bold statement. The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
The Centurion simply believed in his heart and confessed with his mouth that if Jesus were to simply say that his servant was healed, the servant would be healed. Jesus marveled at the Centurion’s faith, and responded in Matthew 8: 13, “go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
Do you believe in your heart that your prayers are answered? If so, praise God that they are answered! Confess with your mouth that your prayers are answered and praise Him! If you doubt, then get back in that prayer closet and read God’s Word. Find 1-2 bible verses that apply to your situation, and meditate on those verses. Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and to give you insight into what’s going on in your life. Remember, your relationship with God is just that – a relationship. He loves you and wants you to put Him first. Show Him you love Him by spending more time with Him!
Remember: Do you speak faith-filled words or fear-filled words? God explained to me one time the importance of my words, and how they are seeds. Your words are seeds that are planted, and once they take root, they grow into trees. Those trees bear fruit – they will either produce good fruit or bad fruit.
As a reminder, here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life: https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/
Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”
Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about them and speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom. I also pray that You would put a guard over my mouth, and that the Holy Spirit would quicken my heart to remind me how to improve my relationship with You, my God. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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