Friday, May 06, 2016

The Word is Near You, in Your Mouth and in Your Heart

8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, 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. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:8-13. ESV.)

I love this, “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” It reminds me of Deuteronomy 11:18-20 which says,
18 "You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

Christ Jesus never said life would be easy. He did, in fact, say the exact opposite. And, it is definitely very hard in many different ways. There is no rest for the weary. However, one can find refuge (Psalm 46), shelter (Psalm 91), strength (Psalm 46), comfort, grace (2 Corinthians 12:9), mercy, provisions (Philippians 4:19), help (Psalm 46), a shield (Psalm 18), vengeance (Romans 12:19), etc.

Not to mention the whole armor of God:
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:11-18. ESV.)

Put on the armor every single day. And remember, our struggles are meant to draw us closer to God!
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4. ESV.)
So, continue to fight the good fight, my friends.
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