Thursday, March 5, 2020

My Heart's Desire

"Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge, for not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God." Romans 10:1-3

We may feel passionately about those we love who we wish so much would love God above all else but we may not see that happen. I believe that we are to continue to pray fervently for them but it is God who draws them to Himself. People float along content in their life believing they are fine and good. But God tells us that there is "none that does good, no not one" (Rom. 3:12). In Romans 10 it continues in verse 9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

I had the privilege recently to go to a mission agency training center. What a great thing it would be to work at such a place. I got to thinking how all of us who are believers should be encouraging others. We do not need to be a missionary far away, although I would love to be, but sharing with those all around us. I have felt encouraged to do this for years but I want to be more intentional about it.

I love how this chapter in Romans continues in verses 13-15 "Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall a they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear with out a preacher?And how shall they preach unless they are sent?Just as it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good tidings of good things'"

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