Saving Faith and the Heart

The Bible makes it very clear that a person is saved by FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Jesus, Himself, made it clear that man is saved by faith alone in Him; and only faith is accepted by God, because it is a non-meritorious way to accept the perfect work of the Savior.  Joh 3:16-18, 5:24, Act 16:31 (non-meritorious means you can't take credit)

We could visit over 100 New Testament scriptures that say a man is saved by BELIEVING in Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

There we see BELIEVING is mentioned by our Lord 4 times, as the way to receiving eternal life.

Acts 16:25-34  "But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!" 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.  34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.

 

According to Strong’s, the word “believe” is "Pisteuo" in the original Greek language.  It means to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ)

Pisteuo comes from the noun Pistis…

"Pistis";  persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation;

This is what we would call “the faith".  To “believe” in the Greek language means to trust, to rely on another, or to give credit to another.

It’s one thing to believe someone exists, but it’s another thing to believe IN someone, to trust in someone, holding them as true in your heart.  This is the biblical way of saving faith.

 

Think about the concept of repentance; it means a change of mind, or a turning around.

Acts 3:19-20  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you

 

Thayer’s on “repent”: the Greek “metanoeoo”, means “to turn around, to change one’s mind.” 

According to Louw and Nida’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, "repent" means “to change one's way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness”

In other words, true repentance in the mind translates to a change in a person’s actual lifestyle; there is a turning around in their life if there is a true change of mind.

Repenting is not just a casual decision, because true repentance means a change of heart.  It is such a real change that it results in a change in the life, so it’s a big decision, just as believing is.

This doesn't mean someone will live perfectly if they repent and believe, but it means there will be some type of change in the life of the individual.

A person can easily fake repentance, or even say they repent, but their heart may be far from God. I know this because I was one of those people.

I am a sinner saved by His grace.  I know anything good about me is from Him, and He gets all the credit.

How do I know this?  Because I remember my bad heart as a young man.

When I was a young man, before I was into the Word of God, people in need would ask me for help with something.  But, I was a very selfish young man. 

But to look good in front of others, and not appear to be selfish, I would say “Yes, sure, I’ll help”, but even at that very moment I was saying in my heart “I’m not going to be there, I can’t waste MY time on that”. It was all about me.

Does that sound familiar to anyone?

We are all "naturally" selfish, in some way. That's part of our flesh, or sinful nature.

My words made it APPEAR I was with them, but my heart definitely was not.  In that way, repentance, and faith, are heart issues.

And we’re not talking about an emotional response, or something like that.  We’re talking about a person's inner motivation; what’s really going on in the heart of a person, because God looks at the heart!  1Sam 16:7

God looks at WHY we do what we do, and that should humble each one of us.

That’s why God chose David to be king of Israel.  God saw David’s heart was fully devoted to him; not just his words or even his actions.  Only God can see the heart of a man.

That's why God called David a man after His own heart.  Act 13:22

Act 13:22 "After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.'

Contrary to David’s heart were the hearts of many religious Jews in the Old Testament times.

Isa 29:13  The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."

 

This is the person who APPEARS spiritual, but is really just going through the motions, and because their heart is far from God, He does not accept them!

God does not want religious rituals.  He wants us to trust in His Son from the heart, and follow Him.

This is where true repentance comes in.  Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.

How does one believe in Christ if he doesn’t think he needs a Savior?  Why does one need to trust in Jesus if he thinks he has no sin?

 

The point of this message is…

Both repentance and faith are heart issues. 

People must turn to the Lord from their heart, not just their words or even their actions! This means a willingness to SURRENDER to God and Christ.

And this is where my heart aches,… for people that, if you ask them, SAY they believe in Jesus, but you may sense their hearts are not changed.  How can you tell?  Because they have absolutely no good fruit in their lives.  In fact, you may notice all bad fruit.  Mat 7

They are not humble, and they live life totally for themselves, not for God and others.

That's an indication that their heart might not be changed.

And many even think in their heart that because they are a "good person" they will go to heaven. But that means they have TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES for their own salvation, and therefore they have NOT trusted in the Lord Jesus to save them, Luk 18:9-14.  It's one or the other.

Luk 18:9-14 "To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Are you trusting in yourself, or in Christ for salvation?

 

What is saving faith? 

Many people say they believe in Jesus simply because that’s how they were brought up as children, or because they consider themselves members of a certain church or denomination, so by default many SAY they believe in Jesus, but it's only because that’s what they SHOULD say. Is that saving faith??! Has this person turned to Christ in their heart?

This is the case with many religious people, but their hearts are far from God!

This is why repentance and faith are heart issues, as we will see in the scriptures. 

The Bible says God looks at the heart, not at the religion you grew up in.

We can’t assume someone else to be saved just by the appearance, or even by what they say.  If there is NO EVIDENCE of saving faith in their life, they might not be saved. They might not have placed their trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Let’s go back to Acts 16; what evidence do we see that the jailer had saving faith?

First of all, he had a repentant heart - he knew he had a need to be saved…

Acts 16:25-30  "But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

There we see a repentant person, someone admitting their need.

The second piece of evidence we can see (Jesus said you will know them by their fruit) is that the RESULT of his faith was joy and service; a sign his heart was changed.  He was a new man, he was born again, and you could see from his life that he truly “turned around” in his mind.

Acts 16:31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house (he was LISTENING to the Word).  And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds (revealing a heart change), and immediately he was baptized (showing eagerness to go forward with God only comes from a changed heart), he and all his household.  And he brought them into his house and set food before them (he served them), and rejoiced greatly having believed in God with his whole household. (he had great joy in his heart because he realized and accepted the truth)

Saving faith will have some kind of evidence; what Jesus called "fruit" in Mat 7:20.

We are not to judge others, as we never know what is going on in their heart.

Yet, the Bible says we can recognize believers and unbelievers by their fruit.

We are not to judge, but we can be discerning.

I guess we could say there is evidence of someone’s saving faith before and after accepting Christ; repentance before believing, and thankfulness and joy after believing, all a result of the Holy Spirit's conviction that a humble man accepts.

And again, these things can only come from a change of heart, not just a mental assent to a belief system or religion.

 

So, we know BELIEVING in Christ is the issue in salvation, but the question is… Where do we believe? How do we believe?

A "saved" person is someone who has trusted in Jesus Christ as His God and Savior, and that saving faith took place in his heart, not just in his mind.  It includes his motivation, from his inner being, called the heart.

Saving faith is a supernatural thing, it's not something the natural-minded man can produce on his own.  And it's not just a knowledge of Jesus.  It's not a mental assent alone.  Saving faith is a trusting faith, given by the grace of God to the humble person. And trusting is an issue of the heart. Eph 2:8-9, Rom 10

Why are so many ladies today cautious to commit to a man in a relationship?  Because they know they are putting their hearts on the line if they venture into the land of trust.

They know once they trust someone, they might get hurt.

If I look you in the eye and say “I trust you”, that’s something I came to terms with in my heart; to make that decision to trust you and therefore be somewhat vulnerable.

That’s why people don’t easily trust in other people, or they are slow to get into personal relationships; because they know once they decide to trust someone, they drop their guard, and their heart is now vulnerable.

Well thankfully, our God and Savior is perfect.  There is no fear in His love, 1Jo 4, and therefore no apprehension in trusting Him for deliverance, both in this life and eternity. 

With Jesus, our heart doesn’t need to worry about being vulnerable, or about being hurt.

That’s what it means to believe IN Jesus Christ; it means to place your trust IN HIM, as your Lord and Savior, and this is why saving faith is an issue of the heart.

 

Again our main point:

Saving faith is a supernatural thing, it's not something the natural-minded man can produce on his own.  And it's not just a knowledge of Jesus, or a mental assent to His existence.  Saving faith is a trusting faith, given to the humble person by the grace of God. And trusting is an issue of the heart. Eph 2:8-9, Rom 10

Eph 2:8-9  "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Even a man's faith is a GIFT from God, not of himself. The humble person will receive this gift of faith from the Lord.

Rom 10 reveals where we do our believing…

Rom 10:1  "Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. (their hearts have not given in to needing Christ’s righteousness, they did not “subject themselves” to HIS righteousness, they are still trusting in themselves)  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: "DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?' (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or 'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)."  (in other words, do not say 'we need Jesus here with us to understand')  8 But what does it (the righteousness based on faith) say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART" — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

(this was a quote from Deut 30, where the Lord gave them no excuse, but said the truth is right in them, right in front of them, to believe.  This should remind us that we have been given the Word, His Spirit, and a good conscience, 1Tim1:5,19.  We have all the tools needed to know His righteousness.)

(and now to our main point...)

9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." (underlining added)

 

Believing in Christ, or trusting in Him, is done in the heart. It is not an academic issue. It is personal, between each person and God his Creator.

As evidence, a verbal confession of Jesus as Lord will accompany saving faith. Why is that? Because true saving faith means the heart has been changed.  And what is in the heart, or the inner man, will come out of the mouth. 

As Jesus said in Mat 15:18, the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.

If one believes with the heart, he will confess with the mouth.  Confessing Jesus as Lord is a sign of one’s salvation, or a fruit of saving faith.

The greater point is that saving faith comes from the heart of an individual.  "Believing" is an act of the heart, not just the mind.  It involves a man’s inner motivation, and even his entire being.

Look at vs. 9 again…

Rom 10:9-10  "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness"  (underlining added)

Where, and with what, does a person believe?  THE HEART.

Our Lord revealed this same connection between saving faith and the heart when He explained the parable of the seed and sower...

Luke 8:11-15 "Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.  12 "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  13 "Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  14 "The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  15 "But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance."  (underlining added)

 

But back to vs. 12, notice the connection between the word being in the heart, and believing and being saved.  Believing, or not believing, takes place in the heart of a man.

In vs. 15, a believing heart will bear fruit with perseverance. That is evidence of true saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God looks at the heart. He doesn't look at the outward appearance, like man does.  And God is after our hearts, not our sacrifices or rituals.

If your heart is not with Him, then a sacrifice means nothing.

Faith, or lack of faith, comes from the heart of a man... and his free will is never violated by God.

Heb 3:12  "Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God."  (underlining added)

Heb 10:22  "let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."  (underlining added)

 

Faith conceived in the heart of a man will result in a changed life, by necessity.  Like our soul and body are tied together, and indescribably connected.

The heart and the life; these things are intimately related.  A true change in heart WILL produce good fruit of some kind in our lives.  And part of that fruit is what comes out of the mouth of a true believer.

It's inevitable, because a change in the heart will always result in a change in the life, in some way.

That’s why if a "believer" has trouble saying the name of Jesus, or if asked they are not willing to talk about their faith in Jesus as Savior, I wonder if they’re truly saved.

I don’t take it for granted that they are saved, and so I’ll go fishing, to explore their faith if they are willing, to make sure they trust in Christ alone to be saved.

Go to them in love, not in judging.

If a so-called believer has difficulty defending Jesus, then I do wonder if they had a saving faith from the heart.

 

Let’s see what else Jesus said about the evidence of saving faith; and that what comes out of the mouth inevitably reveals what is in a man’s heart!

Mat 15:1-11  Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 "Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." 3 And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?  4 "For God said, 'HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, 'HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.'  5 "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,"  6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.  7 "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:

8 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.  9 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'"  10 After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand.  11 "It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

First of all, we see it is possible for people to say the right things, but their heart is not with God. Then in vs. 11, it's what comes OUT of the mouth that can make us dirty, not what goes in.

Going forward, we see the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart...

Mat 15:15 Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us." 16 Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also?  17 "Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?  18 "But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  20 "These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."   (underlining added)

 

The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart. And confessing the name of Jesus is one evidence of saving faith. Rom 10

 

Let me share with you a story I just heard about, from a family I have known for years in Christ.

I know of a young man who said he was a believer, he at least acknowledged Jesus Christ, and never fought against the fact that his wife was really into the Word of God, even though he didn’t give it the time for himself.

His wife is a beautiful woman of God, who really loves the Lord with all her heart.  And she would not have married him unless she was confident he was at least a believer.

A few years after getting married, he started having some mental struggles, and so went to talk to the pastor of a local church. 

He says he came out of there saved.

He realized his need for Christ as Savior, and his whole attitude changed.  His heart changed.  His eyes were opened, and it was like a veil was lifted from his eyes.

He then eagerly began to speak about Christ with his wife, and he wanted to go buy the first Bible of his own.

 

What does that situation reveal to us?

What has the Spirit been convicting us of the last few years?

How about the heavy Truth of “working out your own salvation with fear and trembling”?  Phil 2:12

This is not to say we work for salvation, may it never be! This is to say salvation is an issue of the heart, between each man and God.

How about “examining yourself to see if you are in the faith”?  2Co 13:5

These are heart issues. Has your heart surrendered to God? Because that's what true faith is.

We are NOT talking about earning our salvation by good works, Eph 2:9! We are talking about true saving faith, and the evidence of it.

 This is a FAITH issue, and faith is a HEART issue.

Some professing Christians are not saved because they have not trusted in Christ with their heart.  They have not submitted, or surrendered, to needing Him as their Lord and Savior. 

Saving faith surrenders to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Surrendering is a heart issue, just like trusting is. And that's what our God is after. He's after our hearts!

Many have not “subjected themselves to the righteousness of God”, as we saw in Rom 10:3.

I’m not saying we are saved by anything other than faith alone, in Christ alone! 

I’m saying TRUE faith is a HEART issue, and trusting in Christ for salvation is done with the heart. But some people are stubborn and prideful, and they sadly refuse to go there, refusing to submit to needing the Lord Jesus alone as their Savior.

It is an individual soul issue between each man and God.

Think about the fact that there will be pastors that do not go up in the Rapture of the Church.  Because there are some that preach a false gospel, as in Galatians 1. And if they preach a false gospel, we must conclude they haven't trusted in Christ alone from the heart.

There are those involved in the ministry for the wrong reasons (such as money, power, attention, pride, women, etc...), who say some of the right things, and may even preach Christ, but their hearts are far from Him, as we saw with the Pharisees.

What is saving faith?!  Is it a mental acknowledgment that Jesus Christ lived on earth, or is it someone saying from the heart “I need you Lord. I surrender. Save me, please!”?

Many people in America will say "Oh yeah, I believe in Jesus.", but then when questioned further, they think he was just a good man, or even a prophet, BUT they don't believe He was God in the flesh, who died for their sins and rose again from the dead. 

Many just believe He was a wise spiritual person, like other "spiritual" men from other religions.

There we have believing in "another Jesus", and believing He was just a man, for example. 2Co 11:4

2Co 11:4 "For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully."

 

Did this person trust in Christ for his deliverance from sin and judgment?  NO.

But just because they grew up in some church, people will say they believe in Jesus.  But their heart has not been changed.  They haven't humbled themselves before the Lord.

Furthermore, I have known people in foreign countries who say they believe in Jesus, but to them He is just another of many gods.  (i.e. Hindus in India) 

Is that person saved?!  The submission of the heart to Jesus as their Lord and Savior is missing. They don't realize, or admit to, Who He really is.

And God reaches out with the Good News of the Gospel to every person before they die.

Where has God placed eternity? - In men's HEARTS!

Eccl 3:11  "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

If God has placed eternity in men's hearts, then it’s with the heart that man can find salvation, by trusting in Christ alone.

 

This is why I never take it for granted that someone is saved.

Having been graciously granted the gift of evangelism, I believe God has made my heart sensitive to people’s true beliefs.  I am very on guard for those who SAY they believe in Jesus, but don’t follow Him in their lives in any way at all.

Jesus said "you will know them by their fruit".

I don’t judge them, and I don’t assume they are not saved, but I will not take it for granted that they ARE saved.

If your spiritual senses tell you something’s off, and if you can see their life doesn’t give Jesus ANY priority, then you might not want to go by what they say.

As I said earlier, maybe they acknowledged Jesus because they "should", because of their background or their denomination, or maybe they just don’t want to be confronted, so they say with their lips “yes I believe”.

You may want to follow up with people, giving them a few words to help them follow up on their statement of faith, or ask them a question or two, in love.

Remember, Jesus wants us to be “fishers of men”, and a good fisherman knows how to throw the line in the water, and what bait to put on the hook, and how to be patient (listen to them talk), as opposed to being too eager too soon and yanking the line in.

So, to the person who SAYS they believe in Jesus, why not throw out a follow-up question or two.  If you do it out of love, the Spirit will give you what to say.

Maybe it’s “how long have you been a believer?”  or “isn’t it great to know our sins are totally paid for?”,,, and let it sit, let the bait sit in the water. 

Give others the chance to draw their own conclusions on what's going on in their heart, or to ask their own questions when they are ready.

There are times as the Lord’s fishermen that we are to pull in the line aggressively, maybe being passionate and emotional about the good news, if the Spirit leads. 

And there are times to be patient, to show longsuffering to someone who’s just not ready to come along yet, but ready enough to talk to you at their own speed because you show them love.

Remember, we are also seed planters.  Don’t expect to see growth right away in front of your eyes.  You may never get to see the growth of another in this life, or maybe God will let you see it years later in a person. 

But your job is to plant the seed, or water it, when given the opportunity, but only God can cause the growth in a person.

1Co 3:5-9 " What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building."

 

And only the Spirit of God can convict people that they need to trust in Christ from the heart.

I think the Spirit is telling us - watch out for heart issues; both in yourself in examining your own faith, and in others.  And the Bible abundantly teaches that THE LIFE REVEALS the true beliefs of the heart.

As Jesus said, you will know true believers by their fruits. 

Matt 7:15-23 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits.

       “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

 

We are all told to "do the work of an evangelist", 2Tim 4:5.  God has given each of us our own pulpits, at work or at home or at school.  Don’t drop the ball. 

Just be willing and available, and God will provide all you need.

And remember, God has passed it to you because He trusts you.  That’s why He changed your heart when you received Christ, and you now have His power in you.

Matt 10:32-33 "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven."

God has a mission field for you to tend to; and you can do it with faith and joy, because His Spirit will supply you the wisdom at the time of need.

And remember, it is with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness.  Rom 10:10