July 26 Heart Talk

Image by Reinhardt Komanapalli

Image by Reinhardt Komanapalli

2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34; Romans 9:22-10:13; Psalm 20:1-9; Proverbs 20:2-3

“Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'”…or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all you who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 9:5-13

Lest there be any doubt or confusion about
the faith
Scripture clearly says
“Believe, confess”
not “do” and “do some more”.
For it is not in “doing”
that we become the Children of God.
Jesus did it all for us,
the “doing” and the “dying”
and the “rising”
from the dust.

We gloriously get to “do”
the thanking and the praising
and the living in response
to His good gift
of faith
He placed in our hearts
and mouths.

Lord God, we confess that you are Lord of Lord and King of kings, the giver of all good things–especially the gift of faith. May we bold to confess our faith in Jesus in word and deed. For His sake, we pray, Amen!

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