“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.””
Romans 10:8-13 NKJV
I remember when I was a child, I often heard that “sticks and stones break the bones, but words will never hurt me.” Of course, I learned better. Words do hurt. I also learned that some words can save the soul. I am one who was pursued by God. I look back and I can see so many times when the Lord put people and circumstances in my life to make Himself known to me.
His most marvelous feat was to send into my life a deaf woman on the streets of Iowa City on a cold November day. She came up to me and gave me a gospel tract. It told of two instances when people were convicted by the Holy Spirit, who knew they needed the Lord, but decided to put it off. Both had unexpected deaths and went to eternity in hell. That tract became a life line to me, as i kept it near. I hoped that the Lord would have grace, that I would not be lost. Praise be to God for HIs patience. Forty years on and I still have that tract.
The word of God does not come back void. Someone shares the message of the Gospel, it dwells in those who hear it, and creates a tension, as the flesh goes against the Spirit of God. A long the way, other people come along and water the seed of the word, and it grows, and grows, until it breaks the surface of the rock hard soil of the heart. I had such hard, stony soil around my heart. The word of God is persistent, as it chips away, slowly, changing one as it grows.
When it sprouts to the surface, it comes forth with the cry for mercy. We confess with our mouths, and believe in our hearts, that Jesus is our savior, that He came to save us from our sins, a sinless God/Man, suffering a grievious death, to make us right with Him, that we be saved. It all starts with the word of God spoke, of a faithful servant of God sharing. We hear, the word comes to fruition and we confess. There is something about the word spoken, said aloud, with confidence and volition. The nature of our souls is on display when we speak. Giving utterance to heartfelt devotion requires sincerity.
As I have grown in my faith, I have gained great confidence in sharing the story of God capturing my heart, and His ongoing transformation of my life. I do so with boldness, as I have no shame in the Gospel. I come bearing the Good News, the news of salvation in Jesus. If I am rejected or mocked, they are not mocking me, but God who sent me. God has seen fit to bless me with the loss of many things, resulting in my single-minded devotion to knowing Him and making Him known. I share relentlessly, because I have nothing to lose.
The Good News is truly good news for everyone, the Jew and the Greek, the slave and the free, the man and the woman. It is the salvation of the lost, the shift from eternity in hell to eternity in heaven. It is the news needed in these perilous times. We are seeking solutions to supernatural problems, using natural means. We are failing. Soon, very soon, God will bring His solution.
Believers, people need to hear the Gospel while there is time. They need to hear your story, your testimony of what the Lord has done for you. It is by our words that the Gospel is shared. Take the gift of grace to all, for our great God desires to save all who will believe.
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!””
Romans 10:14-15 NKJV
If you have heard the word, seek the Lord today! Know that He can save you from your sins, that He can change your life and transform your heart. If you are reading this, the word has been sown in your heart. You are without excuse. You know that you are a sinner, that you need a savior, that you cannot go to heaven on your own merit. Jesus died for your sins, He was buried, and He rose again. You can be saved today. Time is short.
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