I was prompted to dig deeper as I looked at todays verse of the day on www.biblegateway.com 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.”
There are three questions I like to ask while I am reading God’s Word.
FIRST: What does this say about God?
SECOND: What does this say about Man?
THIRD: What does this mean for us?
There are two actions for the believer in this scripture – Believe, and Profess/Declare.
There are two actions for God in this scripture – Justification, and Salvation.
Now this all seems so simple doesn’t it. That’s because it is. But it isn’t a religious movement. It isn’t some programmized step-by-step guide to heaven. Step A. Say it, Step B Accept it!?
Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.“ Luke 6:45
I want to go out on a limb here and say, perhaps the focal point and pivot point here is the Heart. The heart is the catalyst. God is after your heart! God is not after your lips, “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13
The heart is the root of movement, palpitations, vibes. It is the center from which our blood, our life source flows. God knew these things well before any physician could comprehend them; Why? Because He designed us. God is after your heart. Kardia – The greek word used for Heart.
Straight from Blueletterbible.org : The heart, Kardia:
That organ in the animal body which is the centre of the circulation of the blood, and hence was regarded as the seat of physical life
denotes the centre of all physical and spiritual life
the vigour and sense of physical life
the centre and seat of spiritual life
the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavours
of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence
of the will and character
of the soul so far as it is affected and stirred in a bad way or good, or of the soul as the seat of the sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires, appetites, passions
of the middle or central or inmost part of anything, even though inanimate
So now I must ask: What does it mean to believe in my heart? It means to fully repent. To agree with your whole self that Jesus is LORD (Owner). That the same power that defeated the enemy, sins sting, death – That same resurrecting power fulfills the promise of a new life and a new heart: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
To believe in my heart is to allow a transaction to take place, not Just my sin and my judgement for Christ’s sacrifice and righteousness; But also, My heart for His heart! My heart represents the Fountain from which my physical and spiritual life begin, and move. My thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, endeavors and even my purpose are exchanged for HIS thoughts, HIS passions, HIS desires, HIS appetite, HIS affections, HIS work, and HIS PURPOSE. This is what it is to be ‘Born again,’ this is what should be happening in the life of the believer, all believers.
WOW! FATHER, YOU CAN HAVE MY KARDIA – MY WHOLE HEART – MY WHOLE SELF. I TRUST YOU WITH THEM AS YOU’VE TRUSTED YOUR HEART TO ME. Amen!
That confession – More than words, but abandonment and sincerity is the confession of Faith we must desire to walk in. If your whole self believes in Christ’s LORDSHIP and POWER, your mouth will overflow with faith, hope and love. This is eternally true!