Category: Romans

Endurance, encouragement, and hope!

Scripture reading for June 11th:  Proverbs 16-18, Romans 15

Key Scriptures:  Romans 15:5-7, 13  “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of  God.” . . .”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

By God’s grace we are empowered to live in harmony with one another.  God gives us endurance and encouragement to stay in unity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives us God’s power to rest in Jesus Christ and live in peace and joy because we know we are God’s children and declared righteous.  We have the Blessed Hope of Jesus’ soon return.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You today for the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life, bringing patience and endurance in this trying time.  May I live in the power of the Holy Spirit today to live in steadfast love and harmony with Your Church sharing the hope we have in Christ Jesus, making my enemies my peace-filled friends.

Proverbs 16:6-7 “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  

 

Tags : , , , , , , ,

Walking in Love!

Scripture reading for June 10th:  Proverbs 14-15, Romans 14

Key Scriptures: Romans 14:15-19 “For is your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love.  By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.  So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

Everything we do as believers should be motivated by love.  If we have a brother or sister that believes that something we are eating is defiled and harmful, we must be mindful of their beliefs and not cause them to stumble.  We should help them to see that God’s kingdom is not based on rules and regulations, but righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus.  As we rest in Christ Jesus and His righteousness, we can enjoy peace with God and the joy of sins forgiven.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to walk in love towards my brothers and sisters today in all that I do and say.  I have kingdom joy and peace today from resting in Jesus Christ for my righteousness.

Proverbs 14:15-16 “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.  One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but  a fool is reckless and careless.”

Tags : , , , , ,

Be subject to Authority!

Scripture reading for June 9th:  Proverbs 11-13, Psalm 8, Romans 13

Key Scriptures:  Romans 13:1-5 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.  Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority?  Then do what is good and you will receive his approval, for his is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.  For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath, but also for the sake of conscience.”

God’s Word teaches us that He alone creates authority and places people in authority to fulfill His will and purposes.  When we resist authority, we are resisting God’s appointed one.  God’s appointed one is there for your good and protection.  If you are doing wrong, God’s authority is there to punish and restrain evil.  Each person knows this because God has made it plain in their conscience.  There are no excuses now and will be none when we stand before God and answer for deeds done in our body in rebellion to our conscience and His appointed authority!

Psalm 8:4-5 “. . .what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?  Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I am thankful for those in authority, believing that You have placed them there for my good and blessing.  Help me to honor and obey them, teaching others through example.

Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”   

Tags : , , , , , ,

The actions and attitudes of a Christ-follower!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Proverbs 8-10, Psalm 144, Romans 12

Key Scriptures:  Romans 12:14-20 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.  Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.””

Paul explained to the new Roman believers what following Christ looked like in everyday attitudes and actions.  Christ’s attitudes and actions were very different from the culture they lived in.  They were to live in humble harmony with all other believers, whether in joy or sorrow.  They were to seek to bless and be a blessing with those persecuting them or active enemies.  They were never to consider revenge or paying back evil for evil, because God’s Word plainly stated that revenge was God’s alone to give.   Good would always triumph over evil as love never fails!

Psalm 144:15  “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!  Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You have blessed me with Your Holy Spirit, infilling my body I have dedicated to You.  Help me to grow in grace and obedience in my attitudes and actions towards others.

Proverbs 8:34  “Blessed is the one who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting beside My doors.”

Tags : , , , , , , , ,

Grace or a spirit of stupor!

Scripture reading for June 5th:  Proverbs 6-7, Psalm 7, Romans 11

Key Scriptures:  Romans 11:5-10 “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.  What then?   Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking.  The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”  and David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.””

Paul explained to the Romans how God chose grace as the means of salvation for all people, Jew and Gentile.  If we could work for our salvation, grace would not be grace!  Those who believed the Gospel obtained grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Those who refused to believe but sought to keep the law by human effort were hardened and were overcome by a spirit of stupor.  They would miss the grace of God freely offered.

Psalm 7:12-13  “If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword;  He has bent and readied His bow; He has prepared for him His deadly weapons, making His arrows fiery shafts.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  I believe in salvation through grace by faith as Your plan for all men.  I have repented of my own dead works and trust Jesus Christ as Lord.  Help me warn and preach Your Gospel that all may avoid Your wrath.

Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, . . “

 

 

Tags : , , , , , , ,

The power of preaching the Word!

Scripture reading for June 4th:  Proverbs 3-5, Romans 10

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10:14-17  “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  But they have not all obeyed the Gospel.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”

Paul taught that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the power of God unto salvation.  But faith cannot come where the Gospel is not preached.  Paul used the rabbinical technique of asking good questions to provoke thinking on the truths he was teaching.  There must be preachers who preach the Word.  These preachers must be called and sent out.  They must preach whether people hear and receive or not.  But faith will come to those who do hear God’s Word!  It is God’s Word and God’s chosen way for faith to salvation.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for calling me to preach Your unchanging Gospel.  I will wait upon You to send me each day to those who need to hear Your life-giving Word.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit and boldness!

Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, be attentive to My Word; incline your ear to My sayings.  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.  For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.”  

Tags : , , , , ,

Interceding for the brothers!

Scripture reading for June 3rd:  1st Kings 4, Proverbs 1-2, Psalm 43, Romans 9

Key Scriptures:  Romans 9:1-5 “I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears witness in the Holy Spirit–that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.  They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.  To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever.  Amen.”

Paul shared with the Romans his heart for the Israelites, his own brothers.  He identified with them in their lost condition, having been lost himself at one time and proud of his heritage.  The Jews had great blessings through the patriarchs and their relationship with God.  God had promised them eternal blessings through covenant.  But they had rejected Christ Jesus, One of their own, Who was God over all men.  Intercession is the heart of God and the Holy Spirit in us.  God acts when His people identify with His heart to save all men and they ask Him for their salvation.

Psalm 43:3  “Send out Your light and Your Truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to learn to cooperate with Your Holy Spirit in intercession for those in need of a relationship with You.  Thank You that You desire all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth!

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; . . .”

Tags : , , , , , ,

A Helper in our weakness!

Scripture reading for June 2nd:  1st Kings 3, 2nd Chronicles 1, Psalm 42, Romans 8

Key Scriptures:  Romans 8:26-29  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He Who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that  for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” 

Paul wrote to the Romans concerning God’s help for each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  The Spirit bears witness that we are God’s children and God is our Father.  The Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we are weak and don’t know how to pray.  The Spirit knows all things we are going through and He knows the mind and will of God.  When the Spirit intercedes, all things will work out for good to those who love God and are called of God.  Faith arises inside us for calling, justification and ultimate glorification in the image of Jesus Christ!

Psalm 42:8 “By day the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Thank You Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  I pray in the Holy Spirit to build my faith and believe all things are working out for my ultimate and eternal good and Your glory!  Give me daily wisdom and conform me to Christ’s image!

1st Kings 3:9  “”Give Your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern Your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this Your great people?””

Tags : , , , , , , ,

Thanks be to God!

Scripture reading for June 1st:  1st Kings 2, 1st Chronicles 29, Romans 7

Key Scriptures:  Romans 7:21-25  “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.  For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.  Wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

Paul describes his own struggle as a Jew under the law.  He learned to know God’s law and love it and wanted to obey it.  He purposed to do that in his inner man, but he often found himself doing the opposite.  There was a war between his desire in the inner man and what actually happened in real life as his members failed to obey.  Paul was in a state of wretchedness and despair until he was found by Jesus Christ and by faith received God’s righteousness as a gift!  Thanks be to God!

1st Kings 2:2-3 “”I am about to go the way of all the earth.  Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in His ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, . . “

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for keeping God’s laws perfectly and purchasing my salvation from the wretchedness of sin.  Strengthen me today with grace and the Holy Spirit to declare this “Good News!”

Tags : , , , ,

Sin will have no dominion over me!

Scripture reading for May 29th:  1st Kings 1, 1st Chronicles 26-28, Romans 6

Key Scriptures:  Romans 6:12-14 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey it passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under the law but under grace.” 

Paul taught identification with Christ to new believers.  We identify with Christ in His death and our old nature is crucified with Him on the cross.  We also identify with Christ in His resurrection from the grave and death, in that we are raised with Him in newness of life.  In light of this, we present our bodies and our minds to Christ Jesus to be used for His purposes. We seek to do His will alone.   Sin no longer has dominion over us because we are now under grace and live by faith.

1st Chronicles 28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if your forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I identify with Jesus Christ in His death and in His resurrection to life.  I declare that sin shall have no dominion over me and I present my body and mind to the Lord for His use.  May God be glorified in me!

Tags : , , , ,