The Book of Romans Chapter 4

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgive, and whose sins have been covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account”.  Romans 4:7-8

I count myself among the blessed, that my sin will not be taken into account and for this I rejoice.  As it says in Romans 4:2-5 “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the scripture say? Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as Righteousness.  Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.”

What have I done that could have earned my righteousness?  What great favor did I do for God?  NOTHING!!!

My hope is in His favor, in His pardon, in His sacrifice, and in His Glory.  Any hope for salvation apart from the saving blood of Jesus in not only vanity on my part, but it is also offensive to a Holy God who sent His Son to die for me.

Romans 4:24 “but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”

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The Book of Romans Chapter 3

Chapter 3 in the book of Romans basically gives us a pretty thorough explanation of the condemnation of all men.

Key Passages driving this point home are:

Romans 10-18 “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There ins none who seeks God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless;  There is none who does good, There is not even one, There throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asp is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And the path of peace they have not know.  There is no fea of God before their eyes.”

What a tough passage on the state of our hearts and where we are.  How foolish of anyone to believe that the law can save them, for they are all transgressors of the law.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We are all arrows that miss the target we don’t even get there.  We need something for this condition?

Praise God that he was ahead of us on providing a way out.

Romans 3:24-3:28 “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in his blood through faith.  This was to demonstrate His righteousness because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed.  for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just as the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Where there is boasting?  It is excluded.  By what kind of law? of works? No, but by the law of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”

God thanks so much for creating me, and in spite of my lack of gratitude, you saved me while I was still an enemy to you.  Your grace is sufficient, the price paid for my sins is sufficient.  I acknowledge you as my King and Savior.  Nothing is needed by me, I can’t keep the law I will continue to miss the mark.  But Christ does not miss, and his death and resurrection have conquered all of my woes.  For this the Lamb is Worthy of our praise and worship.  The Lamb of God needs nothing more from me for my salvation because nothing added to the cross is needed.  As Jesus said  “it is finished”

The Book of Romans Chapter 2

Romans 2:16 says there will be a day when God judges men.  We will have no lawyer, we will have no pardon other than the blood of Christ to rest in.  If we judge others we will be judged in that same way.  And while we feel justified in judging others I constantly fall short of how I judge others.  I end up taking my sin and justifying it and in doing so I show myself more mercy than my neighbors.  This is not only not consistent but it in itself is showing partiality to the people I like the most (namely me).

Christ help me to not judge by the law or by my set of rules but by your grace.  Help me show others your love and mercy.

And most of all thanks for showing me mercy at the cross, instead of the judgement I deserve.

The Book of Roman’s Chapter 1

Today as I was reading Roman’s Chapter 1, I came across a couple of things that stood out to me.  In verse one Paul the writer takes no time is describing what he is doing here.

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God”.

Did you catch that he was set apart for the gospel of God.  I couldn’t help but think how many of us Christians realize this is our calling.  We were not saved and left for any other reason than to be set apart from non-believers for the gospel of God.

My second observation is in 1:16

“I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes first the Jew , then for the Gentile.”

If we are set apart for the gospel then we can’t be ashamed of our calling because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.

Christians we are set apart by God for the Gospel, lets be bold and proclaim his power over death, Satan, and sin with his glorious victory on the cross, and his proving of who He said He was by raising himself from the dead.

Thank you Lord Jesus for paying the price for our sins so that we may know the richness of your love.

The Joy of Picking Weeds

Yesterday, I got home from a full day of work and changed clothes, headed outside on a beautiful spring day with the kids.  Before we went out on a walk to hunt for frogs together, I went out in the front yard and started picking weeds out of my lawn.  Last summer it looked so nice and over the fall the weeds had taken over some areas.  I was out in the silence just enjoying the warmth of the sun, the smell of fresh air, the songs from the birds, the accomplishment of pulling each weed.  Then I thought how blessed I am.  Then I thought how excited I was to get each weed….& then finally I though how excited God must be to pull the weeds (or Sin) out of me.  Sanctification is hard work for me, but enjoyable work for the Lord.  Thanks God for not leaving me looking like a field full of weeds.  Thanks for cleaning me up and transforming me into a lawn You can be proud of.

God Reveals Himself By His Word

“This relationship between the Word of God and the glory of God- between hearing and seeing – is not new.  In Exodus 33:18 Moses said to God at Mount Sinai, “please show me your glory.”  He wanted to see the glory of God.  God responded with a revelation of himself by the word.  He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “The Lord” (v.19)”

John Piper – When I don’t Desire God

Then when God passed by Moses he proclaimed through His Word His Glories.

To know God is to Know His Word.  I pray that today God would have me know His Word more than yesterday that I would actively pursue His Word.

Love Never Fails

God is Love.  Love Never Fails.  These are two concepts that are so important to us as Christians that I wonder how come we don’t put them together as much as we do.  God is Love.  Love Never Fails.  God Never Fails.  In spite of my love of self, God loved me.  In spite of my love of sin, God loved me.  God is Love.  In spite of my hatred for all things not me, God Never Fails.  He came after me, The Holy Spirit Unveiled my eyes, and gave me the faith to become a believer.  He Loved because He is Love & Love never fails.  I’m a believer because of His love.  What a gift.  I’m an adopted son of the Most High not because of me or my good deeds, but by the grace of God, His mercy, His love.  When I loved myself or the created over the creator he was patient, and kind.  For this I will forever be in love with Christ and I won’t be jealous of Him getting the glory.  I won’t brag about how great I am, because now that I understand God and His love there is nothing to brag about except Him.  I do ask that if you don’t know Him, to read your Bible, find someone who does know Him.  His love is all we can take with us from this world.  God is Love.  Love never fails.

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things.  Love never fails.”

Follower of Christ – Born Again in 2002