Tag: Romans 15:13

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.”  

 

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Sunday Rest and Reflection

Another seventh day of rest has arrived.  God himself wanted to rest.  Man and woman need rest too!  “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”.  (Mark 2:27)  Resting is not the practice of many in the modern world we live in.  I know that myself too well.  I am a doer and have been taught that I shouldn’t waste time.  Time is precious and there are many things to do.  Church can even be busy.  I am trying rest and reflect more this year and enjoy creation, my family and God.  We find the invitation in Genesis to enjoy a Sabbath Rest every seventh day!

Looking back on the readings from Genesis 10-26, we have taken quite a trek through time and history.  The world-wide flood sent by God began the history of man again with Noah and his family.  We have this genealogy in Genesis 10.  In Genesis 11, we find some of those descendants building the tower of Babel in defiance to God!  How could man forget the lesson of the flood in just over 100 years with their grandparents as eyewitnesses of that judgment? Was it true even then that the generations didn’t communicate?  It has been said that God’s church is always only a generation away from extinction!  But God is merciful in judgment, scattering them over the earth by confusing their languages.  Thus the nations are formed and God’s plan is moved forward.

The lives of Abraham and Sarah and their children take up the bulk of last weeks reading.  They appear about 2000 years before Christ. God’s purpose is to make from this couple a great nation that He could be King over.  They would be His people and He would be their God.   Abraham believed God when God spoke to him.  This is counted as righteousness.  (Genesis 15:6)  Believing is the only ‘work’ we need to do to be right with God.  We must work it out by obedient actions and attitudes in our walk of faith.  Abraham and Sarah give me hope because they certainly weren’t perfect in believing or obedient actions.  How about Sarah’s plan to give her maid Hagar to Abraham for sexual relations and children?  How about Abraham twice asking his wife to say she was his sister and nearly sending her into an adulterous relationship just to protect his own life?  How about Sarah’s anger at Hagar and mistreatment of her? How about Sarah’s laughter when the angel spoke of a child?  And then the denial she later made when confronted?  I’m thankful that God’s grace covers my sin when I confess, repent and trust in His son Jesus!

Isaac is finally born to parents whose bodies appeared ‘dead’ to the ability to reproduce!  The sound of laughter filled this aged couple’s home!  God specializes in the impossible!  We simple need to rest in His ability to do what He says He will do!

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” –Romans 15:13

May the Lord give you a blessed day of rest and enjoyment of creation, your family, and your awesome God!

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