Bible Promise for the Day – Confession and the Promise of Salvation

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Romans 10:9,10 “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.”

In the book of Romans, Paul the Apostle makes a lot of spiritual truth very clear. He talks much about salvation in the book, and reveals why Christ is the key to our salvation.

The two verses for our text today reveal a short summary of that salvation that God so freely offers to us. You will probably notice how very simple it really is. Some church groups make it much more complex – but that is distorting the truth of God’s Word.

The first word is the one that some religious groups distort so badly. It is the word “confess,” and it simply means “to admit.” This confession is not to be made to men (no matter what their title or position is), but is made directly to God in prayer. The Bible tells us that: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Ti 2:5).

  1. A New Lord

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.”

What this first part of the verse is saying is that you must admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to you, or, your new Boss. Before that time, you were simply your own boss – not God, and that is what sin is in its raw form. Now that you recognize your need of His salvation and forgiveness, salvation can occur by changing bosses of your life!

  1. A New Belief

“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.”

This part is just as important as the confession. In addition to recognizing Christ as Lord, you also need to recognize that God put His Son to death for your sins. He did it because there was no other way of salvation. Afterwards, God raised Him from the dead to give us assurance of two things:

  1. That Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
  2. That our sins were truly paid for. If they weren’t, Jesus would still be paying for them.

Note that belief is necessary for salvation. A baby does not believe anything. This kind of Bible belief can only take place after understanding what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It must be a voluntary belief, or faith.

  1. A New and Complete Salvation

The verse states that after you have confessed that you will now serve Christ, and that you understand He died for you, then you are saved. Please note this is not just my interpretation – read it again for yourself. It is not me, a man, saying you are saved, but God Who wrote these verses.

Notice also that the verse states that “thou shalt be saved.” That is pretty clear. Not maybe will be saved; or can hope to be saved, but you shall be saved. This also implies you cannot lose it, like some falsely say. Eternal life can be yours because of what Christ did for you.

The second verse, verse 10, repeats it, so that the reader can be sure to understand what is being said. Belief and confession will save you today, if you call on Him in prayer – from right where you are now.

I’d like to hear from some of you today. If you are saved and reading this, why not let me know by making a comment. Comments are hidden, so no one will see it but me.

The First Step Toward Revival

As many Christian believers already realize, America is in great need for revival. There can be no denying it. Nothing else can restore America to what it once was other than its relationship to God.

The key to America’s blessing is recorded in the songs we as a nation have sung through the years – in our schools, in our assemblies, in our games, and in our churches! Verse 2 of The Star Spangled Banner boldly declares:

“O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

In the next couple of posts, I want to talk about revival and how it comes – or how to get it. There are several steps. I will take one step at a time (per post).

The first step, and each of them, is found in II Chronicles 7:14, which says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray.” As this verse plainly teaches, revival must start with the people of God.

We cannot look for revival to come from the White House, or from Congress. It will not come when certain laws are rescinded, or when special laws are passed – that is not revival.

Nor is there necessarily revival when churches conduct special meetings called revivals; although that may be the beginning of real revival, or a part of it. In fact, revivals often do have their start in a church, or churches.

Believers, God says, need to start by humbling themselves. There is a need to come before God and confess – “I am part of the reason why there is no blessing in America, or in my church!” When we realize we lack His blessing, and stand in need of it, then we can agree with Israel in II Chronicles 6:37: “We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly.”

We need to face it, we often are not the godly saints we want others to think we are! God looks at our hearts and knows we could have done more! He knows our love for Him and for our fellow man is not always what it ought to be. In fact, sometimes, we don’t even love our spouses or children like we ought!

There needs to be a time of thinking through of our failure and our sins, and a facing up to how we have sinned against Him! No, we have not lost our salvation – just our love and our joy! Other things have crowded it out. Can you take some time and confess it! Be thorough and be broken over those sins. Forsake them.

Tell God you are sorry for those sins, and then trust Him to heal you. Proverbs 28:13 tells us: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Humbly coming before Him and being broken over sin is the first step of revival. It takes time before Him before we can be truly revived. Sometimes we don’t feel remorse over sin immediately. If that is the case, let God begin to soften that heart by spending more time in prayer and in the Word. He will give what is needed.

Psalm 85:6 tells us that God must even give us the right heart to seek Him: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” Revival comes from God, and when we get humble and serious about wanting Him – we can then start to look for it.

Will you spend time before God confessing your sins? That is where revival starts.

For more about the steps to revival, be sure to come back and see the next posts.

For True Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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