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Sunday, July 26th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Rom 10:10
God is after two things: our hearts and our mouths. In the verse above, Paul reassures the church at Rome that every man and woman who 1) confesses Jesus with his or her mouth, and 2) believes that He was raised from the dead, will receive salvation as a gift.
God requires us to yield our hearts and mouths to Him. He needs our hearts because He calls us to love like Jesus loves. He calls us to be moved with compassion, just as Jesus was. He calls us to a higher standard: to love others as He has loved us (John 13:34). The same way Jesus laid down His life for us, we are supposed to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. We can’t do that unless God purifies our hearts.
God needs our mouths because anyone who has not heard the Gospel cannot heed His message. We must speak it out for others to hear. Jesus gave us a commandment to preach the Gospel all over the world (Mk 16:15-18). In fact, He promised He would not come back until the Gospel has been preached in every corner of the globe (Mk 13:10). So, what are we waiting for? Salvation was up to Him; the preaching is up to us!
Confess Jesus with your mouth, and believe He Is God in your heart. You will be saved. What’s more, God will sanctify your heart and mouth so you can go out and share the Good News wherever you go!
Father, I give you my heart and my mouth. Purify my heart; remove from it anything that is not of You. Bless my mouth; I pray that every word I utter would glorify You! I am Your willing servant. Send me!
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