2012-04-19 - Declare
Romans 10:9-10 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (NIV)
It is not enough to just believe.
According to James 2:19 - demons believe and tremble. They were once angels serving God in heaven. They were deceived by the enemy into trying to overthrow God from His throne. They were swept from heaven and cast down to earth. (Rev 12:3-9). They saw God the Son and know that He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit - three persons in one. Today they do not want to admit that Christ is Lord. One day they will bow their knees confess with everyone that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:9-11)
So the angels also know and still serve. Our unseen enemies and allies all believe. They were created and live in the presence of the Lord.
Look up the word declare - words are used in the definitions like emphatically, proclaim, explicit and speak clearly. These words to not give the slightest impression of doubt or hesitance. Look again at the Amplified Bible:
Romans 10:10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. (AMP)
Am I advocating standing up in the middle of your work place and preaching a sermon, or grabbing someone by the lapels and telling them they must be saved? That's not the idea at all. Walk the walk - speak with your life. Talk the talk - keep your tongue under control. Opportunities will come to tell people about Jesus. Questions come, often when you least expect it and from people you would not have guessed. Trouble in someone's life, death in the family, or God pulling on their hearts. I rarely get a negative response from someone when promise to pray for them. Even if they don't believe accept it as well-meant. God can work through that promise.
In Luke 21 Jesus tells the disciples not to worry about what they will say when they are delivered to prisons, kings and governors. God will give you irrefutable words and wisdom. If He presents you with a situation, He will not leave you speechless.
Believe. Trust. Declare.
Grace & Peace,