Category: Romans

God’s kindness meant to lead to Repentance!

Scripture reading for May 25th:  2nd Samuel 18-20, Psalm 34, Romans 2

Key Scriptures:   Romans 2:1-5 “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, everyone of you who judges.  For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.  We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.  Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness  and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”  

Paul carefully explained to the Romans that judging others for sins they were committing would bring God’s wrath.  To them God’s patience was being mistaken for God’s approval of deeds He had stated in His Word as sinful.  These sins were enumerated in Romans chapter one.  Suppressing God’s Word and truth resulted in a downward spiral of ongoing judgment leading to sexual perversion and idolatry.  Failure to repent would lead to eternal wrath!  Beware!  Thankfully, God has kindly provided the way to escape His wrath and the bondage of practicing sin through faith in His Son.

Psalm 34:16  “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Thank You Lord Jesus for Your kindness and patience with me and all sinners, allowing time to repent and believe.  Use me to faithfully declare the Gospel that none may face Your wrath.

2nd Samuel 18:33  “And the king (David) was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept.  And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!  Would I had died instead of you, . .”

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Given over by God!

Scripture reading for May 22nd:  2nd Samuel 15-16, Psalms 3, 63, Romans 1

Key Scriptures:  Romans 1:28-32  “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice.  They are full of envy, murder, strive, deceit, maliciousness.  They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.  Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” 

Paul’s opening to his letter to the Roman church began with an explanation of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save those who by faith would believe.  He explained that the Gospel was for Jews first and then for Gentiles.  However, for those who refused to believe, consequences would inevitably come upon their lives as they turned toward darkness instead of the Gospel light.  Choices have consequences and rejecting God’s Word leads to all forms of evil and death.

Psalm 3:3  “But You, O Lord, are a Shield about me, my Glory and the Lifter of my head.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I know the power of the Gospel personally in that I have been born again and believe on Jesus Christ.  Give me grace to boldly declare the powerful Gospel in clarity and the anointing that comes from the Holy Spirit so that none would be turned over by God!

2nd Samuel 16:13  “So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust.”   

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Avoid divisive people!

Scripture reading for July 4th:  Romans 16, Psalm 133, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:17-19  “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.”

Paul warned the church to avoid people who were divisive and created controversy that opposed sound doctrine.  The dividers were serving their own appetites and not the Lord Jesus.  Paul then complimented them for their obedience and encouraged them to be wise about doing good and innocent concerning evil and division.  This wisdom can be applied in every area of life and living.

Faith Confession:  Thank You for the wisdom given me by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to be wise for good and innocent concerning evil.  Help me to avoid divisive people and stand in sound doctrine.

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied and years will be added to your life.”  

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The God of Endurance and Encouragement!

Scripture reading for July 3rd:  Romans 15, Psalm 132, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures: Romans 15:4-6  “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  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.”  

Paul knew that the Roman believers needed endurance and encouragement to live by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ.  The God of endurance and encouragement is Jesus Christ!  This amazing Savior gives us the encouragement and endurance we need through His unchanging and true Word, also a source of fulfillment for our deepest need.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ is the God of endurance and encouragement and that His Word gives me hope as well.  I shout for joy at the gifts of hope, endurance and encouragement!

Psalm 132:8-9  “Arise, O Lord, and go to Your resting place, Your and the ark of Your might.  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness and let Your saints shout for joy.”

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Don’t pass judgment!

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  Romans 14:10-12  “Why do you pass judgment on your brother?  Or you, why do you despise your brother?  For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;  for it is written,”As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  So then each of us will give account of himself to God.”

Paul was instructing the Roman believers in their need for care in passing judgment on fellow believers based on customs or traditions.  He cautioned them not to pass judgment, condemning or despising brothers or sisters for breaking some law or rule.  Each believer should remember that they must give an account to God for all their own deeds done in the body at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Faith confession:  Lord, help me to keep from judging brothers and sisters in the Lord based on traditions or customs.  I believe that the finished work of Christ, who totally obeyed His Father, will keep me and them on the day of judgment.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

 

 

 

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Cast off the deeds of darkness!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  Romans 13, Psalm 130, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: Romans 13:11-14 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep.  For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  The night is far gone, the day is at hand.  So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

Paul encouraged the Roman believers to be aware of the time spiritually.  As we watch the clocks for each day, we must be aware of God’s timing to bring His plans to pass for our world and the people of the earth.  Full salvation is God’s plan and each day it gets closer.  We must cast off any works of darkness and live in the light of Christ Jesus, making no provision for the flesh and its desires.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I believe that You are in control of the times and that You call me to live in the light and armor of Your holy Word.  Help me to live this truth each day through Your amazing grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, watching for Your return.

Psalm 130:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”  

 

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Overcoming evil!

Scripture reading for June 28th:  Romans 12, Psalm 129, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures:  Romans 12:17-21 “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.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Paul was instructing the Romans in proper behavior for believers in Jesus.  They were to offer their bodies as and living sacrifice and renew their minds.  One area needing attention was revenge.  Christ-followers must never take revenge into their own hands.  They must instead do good to those who mistreat them in hope that they might see Jesus and be saved.  God alone can repay but He would rather show mercy to a repentant sinner.

Faith Confession:  Lord, to You alone belongs all judgment and repayment for wrongs.  Lead me daily to do good to those who mistreat me because of You.

Proverbs 5:21 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord; and He ponders all his paths.”  

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A Remnant of the Faithful!

Scripture reading for June 27th:  Romans 11, Psalm 128, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 11:2-5  “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.  Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?  “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”  But what is God’s reply to him?  “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.”

Elijah was a powerful prophet sent to God’s people to expose their sins and backsliding.  Israel had a history of killing the prophets sent to them and Elijah was a hunted and wanted man for his convicting message.  However, God has a way of keeping His people in the midst of persecution and apostasy. His grace by faith is powerful.  Even now, a remnant is being kept by His grace!

Faith Confession:  I believe that God has the power and ability to keep His people and me in times of apostasy and trouble.  Lord, thank You for the godly remnant that You are now preserving by Your grace!  It is well with me for I am blessed!

Psalm 128:1-2 “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be will with you.”  

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Believing the Word: Confessing Christ!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Romans 10, Psalm 127, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10: 8-11 “But what does it say?  “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ.  When we choose to put our trust in Jesus and His death and resurrection, faith has entered our heart and with our mouths we confess the truth: “Jesus is Lord.”  Everyone who believes is saved on the level ground of faith.  God is impartial and true to His Word!

Faith confession:  I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God and that He offered His sinless life on the cross for me and for the sins of all the world.  I believe He died and was buried and rose again the third day.  “Jesus is Lord” is my testimony and confession of my mouth.

Faith Confession:  I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father.  I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind.  Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.

Psalm 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him; and He will make straight your paths.”  

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By Faith Alone

Scripture reading for June 25th:  Romans 9, Psalm 126, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  Romans 9:30-33 “What shall we say, then?  That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith: but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.  Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works.  They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Paul earnestly desired that the Jews, his own people, would be saved.  But by God’s design, the only path to salvation and righteousness was by faith and not human effort and works.  The Gentiles trusted in Christ and received salvation and righteousness as a gift.  The Jews sought to keep the law and missed out, stumbling over the ‘stumbling stone’, Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Faith is resting from our effort and works and trusting in Jesus alone.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ, my Rock of salvation and righteousness.  Lord, give me boldness to share Jesus’ message of grace to all I meet.

Psalm 126:5-6  “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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