May 19: Believe in Christ
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In the Book of Romans, Chapters 9-11 seem to break from the flow of the rest of the letter. While scholars may debate the specific purpose of some portions from these chapters, others are quite clear.
One of the most clear passages is in Romans 10:9-11 which reads, 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 it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
The NLT Study Bible notes that the Greek word for heart in Romans 10:9 is kardia. The heart is “… the inner person. It is closely related to soul, mind, and spirit. In some contexts there is an emphasis on thinking and understanding; in others the emphasis is on feeling and desiring; in still others the focus is on making choices.”
Believing in Christ, therefore, impacts our thinking and understanding, our feelings, desires, and our choices.
READING & JOURNALING:
How would you explain to somebody what it means to believe in Christ, and the holistic impact that decision would make in their life?
Heavenly Father, today I recognize that the heart of my belief in Christ is all encompassing, and I pray that You would continue to break my heart for what breaks Yours, to love myself in the same way You love me, and to love others as You love them. May others know that I believe in Christ by my love for them. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: John 13
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