Saturday, 29th January, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:10 KJV)
In John 7:2-5, we read about the unbelief and opposition of the brothers of Jesus against Him during the Feast of Tabernacles: “…’Go where your followers can see your miracles!’ they scoffed. ‘You can’t become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it to the world!’” (John 7:3-4 NLT). Verse 5 says specifically, “For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.”
There’s no doubt that His brothers would have heard from their mother about the miraculous birth of Jesus and the amazing stories of His childhood. Their father Joseph must have told them about how he received angelic visitations several times concerning Jesus. Yet, they didn’t believe in Jesus.
This tells us something: Believing is with the heart. You choose to believe, and you choose to harden your heart. Our theme verse says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness….” Open your heart to God’s truths! So much is revealed to us in the Scriptures about the divinity of Jesus and the salvation in His Name; embrace these realities.
God’s desire is for us to be filled with the knowledge of His will, to know His truth and walk accordingly. That’s why we find a prayer of the Spirit by the Apostle Paul for God’s children in Colossians 1:9 AMPC: “For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things.” Hallelujah!
"From the beginning, God chose me to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Therefore, it makes no difference how many antichrists, false preachers and false teachers are out there in the world, I can’t be deceived, for my heart and mind are anointed to know the truth. I have insight into Kingdom mysteries and secrets. Glory to God!"
1 Timothy 4:1-2 TLB; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-13; 1 John 2:20-21
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 20:17-34 & Exodus 16-17
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 13:26-41 & Job 28-29