God's Word for Today Romans 10 and Amanda
April 11, 2012
Romans 10:9 is my favorite verse in the Bible. Why? Because it the
verse that tells me for sure that I am a Christian. It is a condition and
promise verse, which tells you and me what we must do and if we do that, what
God will do. If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead
thats what you must
do. That is the condition, what God requires of us. We have to agree
with God, yes you are real, yes you are in charge, you are my Boss, my Master,
and I believe in You with all my heart, that God did raise Jesus from the dead.
Now what is Gods promise? He says you will be saved. So this verse
gives each of us as believers, assurance of our salvation. We dont have
to say, I hope I am Christian, I hope I am saved, I hope I am right with God.
No, we can say, I know I am saved because Ive done what the Bible says, what
God says I must do. I have believed in my heart and I have confessed with
my mouth that Jesus is Lord so, I know for sure that I am saved. This is a
powerful verse to use in witnessing, you can use it to invite others to believe
in their heart and confess with their mouth Jesus as Lord. Another
condition and promise verse is found in verse 13, whosoever shall call upon the
Name of the Lord shall be saved. So the condition, what God requires, is
to call upon Him in prayer, to call Him Lord, and to do that we must believe.
If we do that then we have Gods promise, we are saved.
The importance of sharing the Gospel verses 14-18
The Gospel is so important, that I believe this is the main reason why we
Christians remain alive on earth, to share the Good News with others.
Otherwise, God could just take us to Heaven to worship Him there. We must
be about the business of telling others about Jesus.
Here we have the basis for missionary activity by the church, all Christians and
every church should be about missions. Praying for missionaries,
sending missionaries, asking God to show you, if God wants you be a missionary.
We having received, having heard, having known the grace of God through Jesus
Christ, we are now obligated to let the world know of that same grace.
how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to
believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful
are the feet of those who preach the good news!
they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed
what he has heard from us?
faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for Their voice has gone out to
all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.
The main reason I am in Thailand today as a missionary is because of these first
two verses. I noticed on my first trip to Thailand in January 2005 right
after the tsunami, that there were almost no Bibles here and very few churches.
I asked the same question as Paul asks here how are the Thai people going to
call on the Lord in whom they have not believed? How will they believe if
they have never heard? How will they hear if there is no one here to
preach to them? I noticed there were few pastors and few Bibles, and asked
how will they hear? Do you have beautiful feet? Our feet are
usually the least esteemed part of our body. In Thailand you have to be
careful in crossing your legs so that you are not pointing the sole of your foot
at another person, thereby insulting them. Culturally I learned you should
not point at things with your feet, kick things, and not point you feet at, or
step over another person. At the recent YWAM Thailand national conference
in Krabi, intercessory prayer was offered for each of us that are ministering in
Southern Thailand. A number of people prayed for my wife Cindy and me.
One was a Thai man who Id never met. He knelt before me and hugged both
my feet. He prayed in that position at length for me. Tears streamed
down my face as this dear brother understood the beauty of my feet, because God
has called me to bring good news of good things.
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