Romans Lesson 17 Day 5

Romans 10:10-13

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Romans Lesson 17 Day 5

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Our heart holds things we value then produces fruit based on what we stored there. The fruit goes on display when we speak.

12. For with the heart one believes and is justified (ESV)

Heart In the Greek — kardia — the center and seat of spiritual life, the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors (so in English, heart, inner man, etc.); (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament)

Heart–[thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors]

Our heart holds things we value then produces fruit based on what we stored there. The fruit goes on display when we speak.

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)

The Passion Translation says it this way–Your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure.

Matthew 12:34

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (ESV)

TPT — What has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words.

Romans 1:21-22

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  (ESV)

TPT — …they entertained corrupt and foolish thoughts about what God was like.

Galatians 4:6

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (ESV)

TPT –And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts–moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father! You’re my true Father!”

My heart condition

Treasure storage

As I wrote about last year, I felt convicted about my grandmother’s collectibles displayed and stored in my house. She considered her treasures valuable so I inadvertently learned to value them, too.

I’ve gradually gone through everything, sold, given away and donated some. It turns out, most of it isn’t saleable or valuable.

Although the ongoing process has been painful, I feel lighter. I realized letting go of her things does not dishonor her memory. She didn’t take it all with her because what she’s gained won’t lose value, become obsolete, or disintegrate.

Offense storage

I’m too sensitive, and I get offended. At the root of that is pride–self-centered, ego, vanity, self-pity, self-justification, self-interest, self-importance, and on it goes.

I’ve fooled myself pretty well over the years.

This realization first came to light when I joined a 30-day negativity fast. I knew I complained a lot, but ONLY because I had SO much good material, you know? I had no idea just how addicting it was.

If the term offended came up, I thought about all the reasons I had every right to feel hurt. After all, I was the victim!

Nevertheless, I wanted this issue dealt with and gave the Holy Spirit free reign. I thought I just needed to stop complaining out loud. But as these verses reveal, the problem was in my heart.

It was (and still is) quite obvious I can’t overcome this on my own. I can’t even SEE it on my own.

Thankfully, he didn’t give me 20-20 vision all at once. Little by little, self-deception came to light. Pride, false-humility, a self-righteous facade, entitlement…oh my.

I’m realizing how it’s come between me and my heavenly Father. At the root of it, I expected him to fix everything and everyone. I’m finally thankful he’s fixing me.

13. Romans 10:11 and Romans 10:13

In Romans 10:11, Paul quotes Isaiah 28:16. Everyone who believes in him will never be disappointed. (TPT)

Verse 11 says everyone who believes and verse 13 says everyone who calls. Unless we believe with our heart, we won’t sincerely call out to him with our mouth.

…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34 ESV)

Whosoever

Paul’s focuses on “everyone” or “whosoever” in Romans 10:11. He continues to reinforce his point — the gospel of salvation through Jesus the Anointed One is for anyone and everyone, not only the descendants of Abraham.

14. My salvation

When I was 5, my dad sat me on his lap and told me about accepting Jesus into my heart. I repeated after him, but it just felt awkward. Because he said that’s all I needed to do, I tried to believe it.

For several years, I continued to live in fear of going to hell.

When I was about 9, my family attended several days of a city-wide evangelistic outreach featuring non-stop scary sermons. I still remember the evangelist’s story about how his son died when a gas can blew up sending shrapnel into his little boy’s face.

I went forward every at every invitation. On the third night, I told the altar worker, “I’m not sure I’m saved.” The nice man said, “I noticed you came forward every night.” I can’t tell you what he said, but since that night, I’ve had no doubt. And I’m absolutely certain that Jesus will never leave me or forsake me.

God bless that man.


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