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04/20/2015

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That Confessing Thing


"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven" (Matt.10:32-33).

Most of us have come to understand at this point in our walk that confession and repentance are both integral parts in the steps that lead to salvation. The apostle Paul wrote; "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). As we zero in on confession in particular, we find that it encompasses a one time demand, but a long-time commitment... There just is no such thing as "secret discipleship..." To put it a bit more bluntly, secrecy will either overcome discipleship, or discipleship will overcome secrecy. When Paul said what he did in Rom.10:10, he made it clear that salvation and open confession are intricately linked. The one who wants to be saved must confess that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised him from the dead. But this act that we call confession is really woven into the fabric of discipleship... In today's verses (Matt.10:32-33) Jesus makes it quite clear to His disciples, (and us) that His confessing of them before God required that they confess Him before men! (V 32) To emphasis the point, He states the same thing in the negative! (V 33). That is so powerful...Jesus lives among the people of the world through the confession that His believers constantly make of Him. Part of that confession may be in words, but the bulk of it entails the good works that we do in His name. Every time we perform an act of service for the Lord, we confess that He is the one who motivates us to do them. My advice? Lets all keep confessing....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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