Faith Food Devotional
The Lordship of JesusJuly 1, 2015
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4).
Some translations of Romans 10:9 read, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart…thou shalt be saved."
That means you must confess Jesus as your Lord and acknowledge His lordship over your life in order to be saved.
The reason for this is obvious. We've been the servants and the subjects - as well as the children - of Satan, the enemy of God. We have belonged to the kingdom of the devil.
Now we want to leave that kingdom and become "naturalized citizens" of God's Kingdom. But before we can do this, we must swear allegiance to the new fatherland, so to speak.
We must make an absolute, unconditional break with our old fatherland. So, the Bible says, we must confess Jesus Christ as Lord. He is the new Ruler of our intellectual life as well as our heart, or spiritual life.
Some want to have Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. They want Him as their Savior from hell, but they don't want Him as their Lord and Ruler on earth. You can't really have one without the other.
Confession: I walk in the newness of life. Jesus Christ is my Savior. Jesus is my Lord. Lord Jesus, I live in Your Kingdom now, and I acknowledge Your lordship over my life. I want to have Your will and Your way in every area of my life.
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications