FOCUSED. The Student Devotional.
You are about to embark on a journey of faith. Over the next few weeks you will have a chance to dive into God’s Word for yourself. Take your time with this. Spend a few minutes a day walking through each lesson. Memorize the scriptures for each week. Don’t rush through it. Allow the Lord to speak to you. He will fill you up.
Now, it’s time to get FOCUSED.
Focus on Salvation.
written by Hillary Osborne
This week’s memory verse:
Romans 10:9-10. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 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.”
Day One. 06/29
Begin this week with your memory verse, Romans 10:9-10. The Lord calls us to know his word. He says in Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Take a moment to reread and really FOCUS on Romans 10:9-10.
This week we will be focusing on Salvation. 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10). I remember being a little girl and going to the grocery store with my mom. I loved going with her because I always felt like such a big help. Each time we went into the store she would hand me a list, point me in the direction of what she was sending me after and always let me get the “my size” grocery cart. It made me feel as though she really needed my help, but on a certain day that we went to the store while mom was paying the cashier I thought it would be a good idea to see if I could sneak a candy bar out of the store because she wouldn’t buy it for me. We continued out of the store with bags full and loaded them up into the car. We were set to head home, and I thought I was smooth sailing from there. NO ONE from the store saw me take the candy bar- It was all MINE! …BUT, one minor detail I forgot was that mom constantly checked on us in the back seat and while she was driving she just happened to see that I had a candy bar. So, of course long story short, she asked me several questions like, “Where did that candy bar come from?” and we turned around to go back to the store. She made me go inside, tell them what I had done, give them their candy bar back and apologize. I had to confess that I had STOLEN the candy bar! Just like my mom made me do several years ago, to confess is what the Lord calls us to do in Romans 10:9-10. CONFESS with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord!” The first step toward salvation is confessing the Jesus is Lord of all. ALL !?!?!... yes, ALL (every little tiny bit!)
- Today take a look at some things in your life; are you confessing that Jesus is Lord in all you do? In your family? In your relationships? In your sport or hobby? Take time today to FOCUS on the first step in salvation and thank Jesus for being Lord. Confess to him he is your true One and Only and you want Him to reign in all you do!
“Every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, Glory to God the Father!” reference?
Day Two. 6/30
Have you memorized Romans 10:9-10?
So yesterday we chatted about the first step in salvation; the importance of confessing. But now that we have down the first step, I want to rewind a little bit and go back to this word “Salvation.”
The word Salvation is defined as: 1.Deliverance from sin and its consequences. 2. Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss 3. A source or means of being saved.
Reread our memory verse this week. Think about what we talked about yesterday (confession) and about what comes next. Our second step in salvation is belief. BELIEF: Something one accepts as true or real; Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. Belief is a huge part of salvation. It is defined as having confidence and faith that something is true and not only having belief but belief in your heart.
THE HUMAN HEART:
Weighing less than 1 pound, it is tucked away between our lungs in the middle of our chests (being protected). It is the universal sign of love, and it literally controls our entire body. Our God says, if you believe (truth, trust, faith, confidence) in your heart (which controls everything we do, while being protected) that GOD raised his son from the dead you will be saved (deliverance from harm, ruin or loss).
Salvation step 2 is BELIEF. Have confidence in the fact that our God loves you so much he literally RAISED HIS SON from the DEAD (for you!!!). He does CRAZY things because he is AWESOME and so BIG… We get to worship this GOD!!! Praise the Lord.
I always think that it must have been such a hassle for my mom to turn around and go back to the store when I was little, but she believed in her heart that it was the right thing to do and that it would teach me a lesson. You are a young adult, and it is time that you start to FOCUS on what the Lord has for you and really learn to trust in Jesus with your entire heart. Pray to the Lord and ask Him to help you to believe with your heart which controls all you do.
“Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.” Hebrews 13:18-19
Have you ever been rescued? What was the experience like?
Spend a moment in prayer thanking God for your rescue from sin and death.
Day Three. 7/1
Use the space below to write Romans 10:9-10 from memory.
JUSTIFIED – To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid; 2. To declare free of blame; absolve; 3. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. (Webster's Dictionary)
To be justified is something so uncomprehendable to me.
On the very first day of college classes my social work teacher said, “We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being... Even those who have killed others or raped others.” These are things we think to be the worst of the worst of sin, but what Jesus talks about in Romans is to BELIEVE and to be JUSTIFIED (free of the guilt of sin). Jesus lived the perfect life on this earth and it is through his life, death and resurrection that we are justified. Our sin is “proven right” through Christ. We were guilty of our sin, but Christ made us right... free!
How does is make you feel that Christ’s act on the cross paid the penalty for your sin... justifying you?
Be in prayer about what the Lord wants to show you as you walk with Him. Step by step.
Day Four. 7/2
Let’s read Romans 10:9-10 again.
Justified in Christ Jesus
SAVED - 1. a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss. b. To set free from the consequences of sin; redeem. 2. To keep in a safe condition; safeguard. *cite*
That day I took the candy bar from the grocery store and my mom took me back to confess what I had done, she saved me from the idea that it was okay to take a candy bar. She saved me from doing the wrong thing.
Where does this word salvation come from? The apostle Paul says that if we confess and believe that we are justified in our heart. Salvation comes from our Lord and Savior. Our God died upon a cross for our sin, and three days later he ROSE from the DEAD! This is salvation! We serve a mighty GOD! …. I want you to understand that JESUS took every single one of your sins upon the cross and wants to justify you for them and save you from them!
Take time to reflect and read over John 19- This is when Jesus saved you. He was thinking of how wonderful you were going to be while He was upon that cross and about how much He loves you! (JESUS THOUGHT ABOUT YOU UPON THAT CROSS!)
Day Five. 7/4 Happy July 4th Eve
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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
Let’s recap what you have learned this week.
-Confessing in all you do that Jesus is Lord, hobbies, sports, friends, you should be showing to others that “Jesus is Lord of your life!”
-Believing in your heart. Belief is real true confidence with everything you have and all that controls you!
-Be Justified in Christ Jesus, free from blame because He wants to be able to give you that!
-Be saved and set free from sin!
What an amazing picture of Jesus and of who He is for us! My prayer for you is you will continue to seek Salvation and these things we have discussed this week and seek out what they look like in your life.
What is it? – The ultimate gift
Why do we need it? – Because we can do nothing apart from Him
What does it look like? – It looks like the Focus Bible study and walking daily with the Savior
How do we receive it? - Through everything we learned this week!
Dear Jesus, I come to you and I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only Son, Jesus Christ, shed His precious blood on the cross and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You say in Your Word, Romans 10:9, that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. AMEN.
If you have any further questions and wanting to understand more about salvation and what the Lord is saying to you, please sit down and spend some time with your youth pastor or any youth helpers. They care about you and want to grow and develop in faith with you!
Grace and Peace.