Devotions By Jan

Out Loud

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Scripture for Today: Romans 10:9 “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.”

We have been planning big changes in our lives.  For a time we did not talk about it with others as we prayed and waited to hear back from the Lord.  Now, we are at the point of sharing our news with others.  It is amazing what talking on the subject has done for me!  As long as our plans stayed private, they seemed to remain abstract.  But the minute I spoke them aloud, it all became very real!

In our verse for today, declaring out loud our faith in Jesus as Lord authenticates our salvation.  True belief in our hearts will find its way to our mouths.  The mouth reveals what is in the heart, good or bad (Luke 6:45).  With each declaration of our faith, our belief grows stronger.  We reaffirm to ourselves what is truly in our hearts.  Our faith becomes more real and vibrant as a result of speaking it out loud.  Faith no longer is something undefined and abstract.  With words we take a stand and commit ourselves to the Truth.

I know it pleases my Lord when I speak out loud my faith in Him (Matt. 10:32).  He is honored and glorified.  Verbally declaring my faith not only challenges others to consider the Truth, it also helps me to stand firm and it glorifies the Lord.  It is all good.  Then why do I sometimes ignore the opportunity to do so?  It could be that I am not seeing the opportunity, being too self-absorbed.  Maybe I stay silent to avoid possible confrontation.

Make me bold Lord, to declare out loud the very best thing that has ever happened to me….You.

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