If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
All over the world there are people who understand the concept of claiming something and believing in it. Motivational speakers will talk about how one must claim something, believe it and than see it actually occur.
Often this is done to motivate one’s own self to accomplish some difficult or crazy task or to attempt something new. This belief will come from the core of the person’s heart, giving him strength to overcome any obstacles, but it is always done by self alone.
The overall message that Paul was proclaiming to the people was that one has to declare that Jesus is Lord, believe that He was raised from the dead and he would be saved.
People around the world see the many troubles and struggles that this world has. Many do not see any hope in things changing or getting better.
Some will try to do good things in order to satisfy themselves that they are worth it and maybe some good will come about. In the process of doing this, many are trying to earn their way into heaven.
God does not allow for people to ‘earn’ their way into heaven. There is no sliding scale as to who did enough to get into heaven. It is the same for every person, regardless of who he is, where he came from or what he did.
The first thing a person must do is make a statement that Jesus is Lord. This is that Jesus is the Master, Absolute Controller of his life. In doing this, one will also repent from and turn away from all sin.
Then he must believe that Jesus rose from the dead to save him. Once these things are done, God will save him from his sins.
If you have not made the choice to believe in Jesus, today is the day to do it. Take time to read through the bible and see who God is and who Jesus is.
See the truth of God’s word. Instead of seeking things of this world, that will fade away and fall apart, seek God.
Turn from your sins, repent, and declare that Jesus is Lord of your life. Believe that He rose from the dead and will save you.
Are you saved today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make Jesus your Lord; that you will believe Jesus rose from the dead; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will know that Jesus is saving you today.