Confession time: just like so many of the Yes Girls, I am battling at the moment to keep up. As a direct result of saying #YestoGod in week one, I have returned to our weekly Bible study and prayer meeting at church, and we are also attending a course at church on another evening.
Last week I did not manage to blog, and I still have to do the Bible study on both Chapters 5 and 6, but I am still in #stickwithit mode. Having said that, I hasten to add that I have recommitted to spend more time in the Word of God, and I am so excited about a book that I purchased this week, by Erwin & Rebecca Lutzer, Life-changing Bible Verses you should know.
I need to make a further confession: I have been struggling with a nagging doubt: what if I did not “do it right” when I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour? Reading through the Book of Romans at the moment, I came to Chapter 10:9-10 :
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Turning to the chapter on Grace, the Lutzers quotes Ephesians 2:8-9: It is by grace your have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
What a relief to read the simple truth once again that God did it all; the only requirement is that we should believe it! I quote: “When you come to Christ you do not come to give, but to receive … Nor do we make a promise; we come to believe His promise.”
How great is our God and how powerful His Word, to break chains of doubt.