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For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:10 NIV)
For the month of May, Dr. Randy Carlson is giving us, “Today’s Word for Your Life.” And as you can see from the above title, today’s word is BELIEVE.
There are two important acts we do that have eternal consequences. The first is to believe, the second is to profess — or confess. The first has to do with the heart, and the second has to do with the mouth.
Look up the Greek word believe, and you find the following meanings: to be persuaded, to place confidence in, to believe and to have conviction and trust. Conviction, confidence. This belief that we have is a change. In fact, it’s heart change.
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NAS)
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT)
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6 NLT)
And that’s a good thing, because here is what our hearts were like before they belonged to Jesus:
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5 ESV)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV)
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21 NAS)
God has poured out His love into our hearts, shone light into our hearts and He sent His Spirit into our hearts, and by faith we believe.
After the heart, comes the mouth, and with it, we confess. We need to explain what happened. People need to hear it. Our hearts have been changed, our lives have been changed; and our vocabulary has changed:
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (Matthew 15:18 ESV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NAS)
Today’s One Thing
Your faith, what you believe, changed your heart, your life and your words. You have plenty of opportunity to let your light shine. (Matthew 5:16)
Watch Dr. Randy Carlson’s Intentional Living Minute on BELIEVE. You can get the Intentional Living Minute in your email when you go to TheIntentionalLife.com/minute.