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09/20/2010

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Not Just Good For The Soul


"For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" (Rom. 10:10).

Have you heard the old saying that confession is good for the soul? I believe that it is an old Scottish maxim and it actually reads, "open confession is good for the soul." Today's verse begins in the heart. It says that it is in our hearts that we believe and are justified. The apostle Paul in the previous verse makes it clear that part of our salvation is wrapped around our confession that Jesus is Lord and our belief that God raised Him from the dead. Many of the things that we have faith in start as internal experiences. This inward experience however, is simply not enough. It must be manifested by outward actions. In my last devotional about repentance it was the same. It starts inwardly, but is manifested by a change in behavior. Confession is something that begins internally, but is actually an external event. For us to begin our Christian walk in earnest, the time comes when we must profess (confess) our commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is kind of like making a decision to run for a political office. Everyone might be assuming that we are going to run, but it is not until we announce our candidacy that it becomes official.

It was not enough for Peter to just internalize his feelings when Jesus asked him, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt. 16:15) He wanted Peter to proclaim how he felt in words for all to hear...."You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (V 16). Paul in today's verse was just echoing Jesus' teaching about confession. "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32). Though our faith begins in our hearts, public confession establishes a credibility for one's new focus. It's not only good for the soul, but necessary for it.... Have a great beginning to your week...Start it with a RAK Love mark Phil. 4:11

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