Romans 10:9 - "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
CONFESSION WITHOUT ANY FAITH IN THE HEART IS POWERLESS; IT'S USELESS.
WHAT IF I DON'T BELIEVE IN MY HEART? SHOULD I STILL CONFESS THE WORD OF GOD?
YES, BECAUSE WITH MY LIPS, I CAN MAKE CONFESSIONS UNTO FAITH. IN OTHER WORDS, AS I SAY GOD'S WORD OVER AND OVER AGAIN, FAITH CAN BE BUILT IN MY HEART WHERE BEFORE THERE WASN'T ANY FAITH.
I CAN SPEAK GOD'S WORD SO MUCH THAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY AFFECT MY HEART, AND I WILL BEGIN BELIEVING IT.
Romans 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the Word of God."
Matthew 15:32 - And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, "I feel compassion for the multitude because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat."
People saw in Jesus meekness, unlimited power, and perfect love.
If I would win souls, people must see in me this same Jesus.
If I would draw men to Christ in heaven, they must be eyewitnesses of Christ in me. But, if I have flagrant sin or self-righteousness, my witness in non-effective.
Romans 1:1 - "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God."
The New Creation separates us from the old life. As the Word is built into us, we are separated unto Christ. First, there is a separation from the world; now there is a separation unto the Master. Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives. His Word dominates us. In our walk then, as we are separated unto Christ, we come to believe that God has a PURPOSE for our life (ourDESTINY). We ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7,8) until we understand what that purpose is.
As we receive revelation of that purpose through the Holy Spirit we separate ourselves from those things which are not sinful in themselves but unnecessary. This separation continues year after year as we pursue our DESTINY in Christ, walking in the fullness of His fellowship.
QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:
Am I completely sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ?
How much time per day do I spend meditating on Jesus and His PURPOSE for my life vs. participating and thinking about society (it's demands, requirements, and pleasures)?
What is my plan to increase my Christ consciousness?