Category: Romans

Sin’s power broken under Grace!

Scripture reading for June 20th:  Romans 6, Psalm 123, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures: Romans 6:12-14 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its 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 law but under grace.” 

Paul instructed the Romans in simple truth.  Living under the Law stirs up desires to break it.  In giving ourselves to Jesus Christ, who perfectly kept God’s Law, we receive forgiveness of sins by His Grace.  We are free then to present ourselves and the members of our body to God to be used by Him for righteous purposes.  Sin loses its power over us because we have received grace.   Sin’s power through the law is broken and we are free to serve God!

Faith Confession:  Sin’s power over me is broken through faith in Jesus Christ and receiving grace as a gift.  I serve God in freedom and freely offer my body to Him as a living sacrifice.  (Faith action:  Apply this truth to any besetting sin in your life today, declaring sin’s power broken!)

Proverbs 30:5 “Every Word of God proves true’ He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  

 

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A demonstration of God’s Love

Scripture reading for June 19th:  Romans 5, Psalm 122, Proverbs 29

Key Scriptures:  Romans 5:6-10  “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.  For if while were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.”

Paul clearly stated that we are all sinners, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  In that state of sin and separation from God, when we were actually under God’s wrath against sin, Christ came at just the right time and died for all sinners.  He did this to demonstrate God’s love to all sinners and provide a way for their salvation from God’s wrath.  Christ’s death and shed blood bring justification and reconciliation.  His resurrected life guarantees our salvation!

Faith confession:  I receive justification, reconciliation and eternal security in the City of God through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and shed blood.  I thank Him for resurrection life that His resurrection from the dead guarantees for me and all who repent and believe.

Psalm 122:6-7  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!  “May they be secure who love you!  Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”

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Fully convinced faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Romans 4, Psalm 121, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He (Abraham) did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used Abraham as an example of saving faith that was based on the Word of God.  Abraham could have wavered as he looked at his own body and Sarah, his wife’s body.  They were old enough to be beyond natural child-bearing age and beyond normal sexual functioning.  But Abraham grew strong in his faith when he gave glory to God for His amazing ability to do all things and bring His own Word to pass.  Abraham was “fully convinced” of God’s ability and declared righteous by God.

Faith confession:  Lord, I am fully convinced that You are able to do everything You have promised and accept Your gift of righteousness!  Thank You for Abraham’s example of ‘fully convinced’ faith and trust in You.  Help me to grow in my faith.

Proverbs 28:1  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

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Justification by faith!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Romans 3, Psalm 120, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures:  Romans 3:21-25 “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood to be received by faith.”

The Law and the Prophets bore witness to the righteousness of God through faith in Messiah Jesus, stating that the just shall live by their faith.  But now Jesus Christ has purchased our salvation by offering His own blood to cover or pay for our sins.  Those who trust in Jesus and His blood by faith receive justification as a gift.  They are made ‘just as if’ they had never sinned and declared ‘righteous’ before God, even though all have sinned.  What amazing grace!

Faith confession:  I am righteous before God through Jesus’ blood.  I am justified by faith as a gift from God and I live by faith in Christ Jesus the Lord!  Thank You Jesus for Your precious gift!

Psalm 120:1  “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and He answered me.”

 

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God shows no partiality

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 2, Psalm 119, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Romans 2:6-11 “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality.”

God is ultimately and perfectly just.  God alone knows all things about each person, Jew or Gentile.  He knows the heart and the actions proceeding from the heart, whether good or bad.  He has promised to reward each person according to their works based on the faith they hold.  He is impartial.  Only those who hold faith in Jesus Christ and His righteousness can do good works.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and seek to do His will by obeying His Word and the Holy Spirit leading me in the good works He has prepared for me. I want to stand before God and be rewarded.  Deliver me from laziness and apathy.

Proverbs 26:14  “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”  

 

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Power for salvation!

Scripture reading for June 13th:  Romans 1, Psalm 118, Proverbs 25

Key Scriptures:  Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””

Paul made a faith confession concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He stated clearly that this Gospel was the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.  Faith to believe comes from hearing the Word of God in Christ Jesus.  It is available to everyone, Jew or Gentile, because God does not respect persons.  The Gospel reveals God’s righteousness in the person of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God.  Those believing in Jesus live by faith in Him, going from faith to deeper faith.  They possess righteousness by faith.

Faith Confession: I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God, my Savior and the gate of salvation for all people, through His death, burial and resurrection from the dead.  I possess His righteousness now by faith in Him alone and am saved from eternal death.

Psalm 118:14, 19-20 “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”  . . .”Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.  This is the Gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.”    

 

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Living by Faith!

Scripture reading for June 13th:  Nehemiah 3-5, Romans 1

Key Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17  “I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:  first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  

Paul, writing to the Roman believers, declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s power for salvation.  This message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought faith to those who would believe.  Their faith in Jesus brought righteousness  that enabled them to live by faith.

Nehemiah 4:14 “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”   

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the faith granted me to believe in Jesus Christ.  May I live fully by faith today.  Amen.

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Keep away from divisive people!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Romans 16

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 16:17-20  “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.  Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.  By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.  Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.  The God of peace will son crush Satan under your feet.  The Grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Paul had closed this letter with numerous personal references to people in the church community.  The church is built on quality relationships through personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  However, there are those that are in the church or come into it that are there to cause division.  Paul warned the church and us today to watch out for them.  They will be recognized by actions and teaching contrary to the Word of God and they do not serve the Lord Jesus but their own appetites!  These people use smooth talk and flattery to draw people away, thus causing division.  Believers are to have nothing to do with them, being wise to what is good!  God is a God of peace, crushing Satan under the feet of His victorious Church!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers will be wise as serpents but harmless as doves concerning divisive people who live contrary to sound doctrine.  God’s grace brings victory!  “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.”  (Proverbs 16:17)

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Endurance and encouragement through Scripture!

Scripture reading for July 4th:  Romans 15

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 15:1-4  “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves.  Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.   For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written:  “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”   

God has given His people His sacred Word.  The Word of God was also embodied in Jesus Christ as He came into our world as a man and lived in obedience to every Word God had commanded, fulfilling Scriptures.  Because of this and Christ’s example, we no longer live for ourselves but for God.  We love our neighbors and seek to build them up by bearing with them in matters of conscience not covered specifically in Scripture.  We know from Scriptures that Jesus is coming again to receive His people and reward them for their faithful service and faith in His sacrifice.

Observations for over-comers:  We must stay close to Christ through living in the Holy Spirit and our prayer life.  We overcome by faith and obedience to the Word of God!  “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.  My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.  I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”  (Job 23:10-12)

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Faith working through Love!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  Romans 14

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 14:19-23  “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.  All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.  It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.  So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.  Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.  But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

In Paul’s time, eating meat sacrificed to idols was a big issue.  Some believed that this meat would pollute them spiritually.  Others were concerned that this would cause unbelievers to think that believers were serving idols too. Paul taught the law of love.  When we love others, we do what is best for them and try and keep peace.  Each person should serve God with a clear conscience, acting in faith in whatever they believe in these disputable matters.  This doesn’t mean that we ignore sin and fail to lovingly pray for and confront believers that are still caught in sinful lifestyles.  We must do all that we do to the glory of God and live by faith to please Him!

Observations for over-comers: “The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 14:17)“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to You.”  (Psalm 51:12-13) 

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