Can You Really Be Sure? – August 30, 2023

Read: Romans 10:5-13

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:8,9

Can You Really Be Sure?

Family Devotion – August 30, 2023

Devotion based on Romans 10:8,9

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“How can we be sure what we believe is true?” Jason asked his parents after church.

“That’s a great question Jason! What made you think of that?” replied his mom.

“Well, I seem to get along better with some of my friends who don’t go to church than I do with the kids at church. I’m wondering, why would God send nice people to hell just because they don’t believe in him?”

Have you ever thought the same question as Jason?

In Romans chapter 10 God deals with the question, “How can a person know if they are saved?” The apostle Paul gives this answer, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:8,9).

Paul doesn’t say, “If you have enough faith, you can do it.” His idea of faith starts in your heart and works up to your mouth. At times the faith in our heart is strong and firm and what comes out of our mouth is bold and confident. But sometimes the faith in our heart is weak and afraid, and what comes out of our mouth is timid and quiet.

“It doesn’t matter,” Paul says. Weak faith and timid words aren’t any less pleasing to God than strong faith and bold words. There’s nothing about strong and weak here. Big faith, little faith, my faith, your faith, his faith, her faith. There is no difference! Only this: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 13).

A person can’t be saved by simply being nice or trying to be good all the time. Being right with God is a matter of receiving something from God, not doing something for God. It is admitting the truth that Jesus is Lord. It is believing the truth that God raised him from the dead as our Savior and substitute.

In other words, it’s what you place your faith in that matters. No one can be sure they’re saved by trusting in themselves and their own goodness. God’s Word tells us to simply look to the cross and empty tomb of Jesus! Here is the proof that the one true God who promised to pay for sin has completed his work and provided a receipt!

So how could we encourage Jason who has nice friends who don’t know Jesus? Remind him that Jesus loves his friends too. Jesus wants Jason to share that good news with them. Then they too can believe the truth that Jesus is their Lord and Savior!

Closing Prayer:

Dear Jesus, help us to call upon you in the day of trouble and deliver us as you have promised. Amen.

The questions below are to help families discuss this devotion. The questions are divided by age group as suggestions, but anyone could reflect on any of the questions as they desire.

Questions for Younger Children

  • What did Jesus do to prove your sins are forgiven?
  • Name a friend whom you would like invite to church or Sunday school because they don’t know about Jesus.

Questions for Elementary Age Children

  • How would you feel if someone tells you they don’t believe in God?
  • Recall from today’s devotion what you would like to say to them that might help.

Questions for Middle School and Above

  • It’s not uncommon for someone your age to experience doubts about what you believe. Go ahead and share one that may be bothering you.
  • How does the truth of Jesus’ resurrection ease your doubts and make your faith certain?



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