Tag: Word is near

The Light of Understanding!

Scripture reading for March 13th:  Deuteronomy 28-31, Luke 8

Key Scriptures:  Luke 8:16-18  “”No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.  For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.  Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.””

Jesus taught His disciples in parables.  With these stories, each person had to seek understanding and hear carefully because what was said had deeper meaning to those who would look and listen.  Understanding was of utmost importance in this life and the life to come.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.  It is not in heaven, that you should say,’Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’  Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’  But the word is very near you.  It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing truth to us in our hearts and empowering us by the Holy Spirit to hear and do it.  May that be so today. Amen.

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Thankful for Faith’s Confession!

Scripture reading for November 21st:  Romans 10-13

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10:8-11  “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.”  

Paul continues to teach the simplicity of faith to his fellow Jews.  Using background from Deuteronomy, Paul quotes Scripture to seek to see his brothers and sisters come to the simplicity of faith.  It involves the heart where the choice to believe God’s word takes place.  It is confirmed by the mouth where the confession of “Jesus is Lord” is spoken in faith held by the heart.  All who put trust in Jesus Christ will never be put to shame!  Hallelujah!

The simplicity of faith:  “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.  It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”  (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)

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Believe in your heart, confess with your mouth!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Romans 10

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.  For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.  Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, the did not submit to God’s righteousness.  Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”  

Paul prayed for the salvation of his Jewish brothers and sisters!  He personally knew their zeal for God, having himself been so zealous that he persecuted Christians and had them arrested and even killed.  His own zeal was not in accordance with personal knowledge of Christ.  He sought to establish his own righteousness by zealously keeping the law and standing against Christ.  This changed when he personally met Christ and acknowledged His Lordship!

Paul explained the way of Jesus to his own brothers and to us as well.  “”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 heat 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.””  (Romans 10:8-11)

The way of Jesus is so simple!  We believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord!  Have you believed this simple word of God?  Today is the best day to respond in faith!  You will never be sorry!

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