Believe and Confess

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 10:1-10

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (v. 9)

The good news of the gospel shows us several facts about our situation: sin has consequences, we cannot solve our sin problem on our own, and God chooses to offer us a second chance. When we realize this truth, what must we do?

The Bible speaks often of our need to repent and have faith. Repentance is the act of acknowledging our sin and feeling truly sorry for it. Faith, or “believing,” is placing our trust and hope in Jesus Christ as the only one who can save us from our sin and offer us new life. I can look at a chair and believe that it is a chair. I can also believe that if I sit in the chair, it will keep me from falling to the floor. However, to truly exercise my faith, I myself must sit in the chair. In other words, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17 NIV).

There are many people who believe that God exists. The apostle James says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder” (James 2:19 NIV). Read Romans 10:9 again. Have you taken that step of faith? It’s a step I’ve taken and I hope you will, too. It’s the most important decision you will ever make! —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Everlasting Father, move in my heart so that I act upon my faith. Help me to repent and believe. Amen.