Monday, October 29
RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH ALONE
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.
2 I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, 5 since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them. 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven? ” that is, to bring Christ down 7or, “Who will go down into the abyss? ” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: 9 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. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, 12 since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Confess and believe, that can be our simple, yet powerful take away from this passage of scripture. This act of confession means that we are in full agreement with what we’re declaring. That means by confessing Jesus is Lord you are truly agreeing that He is Master of your life. Secondly, the belief that we are challenged to have is not just a mental understanding, but a belief of the heart. Our faith goes deeper than just an understanding of God, but rather a complete and total trust in Him from the heart.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The faith that saves is not believing certain truths, nor even believing that Jesus is a Savior; but it is resting on him, depending on him, lying with all your weight on Christ as the foundation of your hope.” Today, put all your belief in Christ. Believe that He can save you; believe that He will save you. Depend upon Him without fear as to your present and eternal salvation.
Father give me faith that allows my soul to rest completely in You. Give me the boldness to confess with my mouth that you are God.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.