Tag Archives: Romans

27 Jul

More Great Truths for Times Like These

Recently I shared some truths from God’s Word in a devotional entitled, Great Truths for Times Like These. Here are more great truths. These are not original, but were shared by a lady in a former Sunday School class in regard to dealing with trials in life. I was so challenged by them that I wrote them down in the back of my Bible and added Bible references to them.

A time of crisis is no time for sloppy thinking.

1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The greatest danger is always the flesh.

Romans 7:18
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

God’s Word is always the answer.

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God’s glory is always the goal.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

God Himself is always enough.

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Making those truths come alive in our lives is part of the trying that the Lord permits us to go through. This lady’s sharing these truths was particularly revealing as she had been through treatment for cancer herself, and her teenage daughter was suffering from acute leukemia. Both were doing well at the time she shared these with the class.

13 Jun

Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow

It has come to my attention these past few weeks and months that I’m not giving God the credit He is due. I find my prayers are generally directed to Jesus Christ with barely a mention of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. In the early 13th, 14th and 15th centuries the prayers were directed solely to God and not to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, I believe this too was erroneous. But in this 21st century our prayers are devoid of God the Father.

After all my friends, it was God who determined to set us apart to have fellowship with Him even before He created the world.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph. 1:4)

It was God who was grieved in His heart that because of sin in our lives He could not have that sweet fellowship that he so desires.

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3: 23,24)

It was God who sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sin, that that sweet fellowship might be restored.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom.3:25)

It was God to whom Jesus prayed when his disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”. “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name”. It was God to whom Jesus promised His disciples that when He was no longer walking the earth with them He would pray the Father and He would send the comforter (Jn. 15:26). It was God to whom Peter referred to when he said “because it is written be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). It is God who is now already sitting on the throne invites Jesus to join Him when He says “The Lord said unto My Lord sit thou at my right hand” (Ps 110:1).

So you see my friends, it is important to honor the entire Trinity: God the Father, God the Son who God the Father sent and God the Holy Ghost who indwells us. Let us work at realizing what great things He has done. As the song writer says “Praise God from who all blessing flow. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

03 Jun

Great Truths for Times Like These

One of the hardest things in the Christian life is to reconcile God’s involvement in life-threatening illness, tragedies of all types, the impacts of the evil acts of other people, and in general, bad events or situations that occur in life. The current pandemic is one of those situations. However, regardless of circumstance, the Bible assures us of God’s love and care and continual working in our lives. The following eight foundational truths are for times like these.

God’s love for us is indisputable.
He loved us so much that he sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we might have everlasting life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

God is interested in us personally.
He knows every sparrow that falls. He knows every hair on our heads. He has told us to come to Him with literally our every need. He knows and He cares about the details of our lives.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.(Matthew 10:29-30)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

God is not surprised by the things that happen to us.
He is omniscient or all-knowing. He is never caught off guard.

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? (John 18:4)

God does not promise to deliver us from all the bad.
That includes evil and suffering and the impact of the choices of others. But He does promise to give us the ability to endure, and the grace, and the peace, and the strength that is needed to meet the situation.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (1 Peter 2:21)

God will never leave us nor forsake us.
His way is perfect. In return, He asks us to place our faith and trust in Him, regardless of the circumstance.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Samuel 22:31)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

God is working to conform us to the image of Christ.
He is a sovereign God, who will work the tiniest blessing and the greatest evil to our eventual good.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)

God is good, every day, all the time.
His love for us and watch-care over us are ever present.

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. (Psalm 119:68)

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

God’s secret things are beyond human understanding.
We must be content to leave those with God.

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Regardless of what may come our way, we can stand firm on these rock-solid, sure foundational truths.

11 May

Grace and Peace are Ours

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

For the past few months it has been my pleasure to hear our young people learn the first few verses of Romans chapter 5. Romans 5 is one chapter that gloriously hinges on two words in verse 8 “But God”.

Before we even get too far into the chapter we must first define some terms necessary to the understanding of the chapter, so as our science teachers always forced us to do (thanks Mrs. Hrinda) let’s define terms.

1. Justified– This one is often misapplied and misunderstood. We can often talk about someone who is guilty justifying their actions to get out of the consequences. How often as a child did you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar and what did you say? “Mom I am hungry!” You tried to make right what you knew was wrong, but this is certainly not what Scripture is speaking of. Or we may rightly hear a Bible scholar tell us this is to remind us of our advocate Jesus Christ pleading our case before the cosmic court of heaven which case is being heard by the Righteous Judge of Heaven . This picture is totally accurate according to the semantics and wording in this passage however our current understanding of lawyers and judges misleads us in our understanding. Justification is our righteous standing before a holy God based upon the completed transaction at the cross of Calvary. My debt to the Kingdom of Heaven has been paid in full by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and whose payment has been accepted by FAITH!

2. Grace – This word always reminds me of a piano teacher that my older brother and sister had. Her name happened to be Grace. It is not just her name that rekindles me but the way she taught and prepared her piano students for a recital. She spoke to the about “stage presence” which is a kind way to tell children that is not appropriate to run up steps into or off of a platform, or where flip flops on hard floors, and to remember to bow or curtsy when your audience clapped for your performance. Maybe even you have remarked about some performer or public speaker handling a certain situation with grace.

That is not exactly the grace we are speaking of here. An oversimplified understanding is that of getting what you do not deserve. When possibly your parents bought you ice cream when you should have been in trouble, when you were kind to the difficult co-worker, or perhaps we could speak of getting a stimulus check from the government when you have not rendered any services worthy of receiving such remuneration. However when we speak of the grace of God we are not speaking of any one act alone but rather an all encompassing state of being that must be acknowledged by any individual who would seek to be at peace with God. One might ask, what has God done for me? I understand that money are dealing with hardship even death in their family, loss of , health, loss of a loved one, but where did life come from? Where did your ability and understanding come from that allows you to perceive joy and pain? Who grants healing? Who provides for even the sparrows? Who can offer beauty for ashes?

Grace is more than anything else my own capability to one day tell God himself to open the gates of heaven for me and not just to peak over the fence into heaven, and not just to be able to pitch a tent on the lawn of heaven but to walk the golden streets of Glory straight to my Mansion that Christ has prepared for me, not because I have earned it, not because I bought it, not because I lived well but because “God so loved the World that he gave His only begotten Son!” That is Grace! Grace is that here on this sin cursed earth there are a lot of folks in the bondage of anger, in the bondage of substance abuse, in the bondage of bitterness, but by God’s Grace I can be more than conquerors and when I need help I come boldly His throne! And do you know what his throne is called? It’s the throne of Grace! I am living on his resources when I accept Christ as my Savior. He is my Lord and my Almighty(God)!

Alright consider these verses again. By the blood of Christ I am justified by faith and I find in so doing I am no longer at war with God from within or without. I am at peace! It doesn’t matter what happens out here in the world if I have been justified, I have made peace with my Creator. That is God’s mercy. I will never see His wrath.

Not only do I have his mercy, but also I have His bank account. I have His resources. I have access into His grace, and his grace is overwhelming. I will never forget trying to keep up with a farmer who was picking some corn in his field for my family. I was probably 8 or 9 at the time and in the middle of his field of corn that towered well over 6 feet high as that man darted in and out of rows all the rows in every direction looked the same to me and I remember being overwhelmed and frightened. If you are a child of God you have accepted Christ’s blood payment for your sins by faith, God is willing and wants you to understand that you now are not fending for yourself, he is opening up his great corn field of Grace so that when you look up in all directions all you see is the Grace of God! May you look to Him today and trust He has His best in store for you today!

11 Apr

We Are Adopted

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father… And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together… And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:15, 17, 23)

A marvelous doctrine in Scripture is adoption. To fully appreciate its significance, it is important to understand what it is not. When someone tells us that he or she was adopted, we know exactly what that means. Often a husband and wife discover that they cannot have a child. An option for them is adoption. They work through an adoption agency to take a child which is not their own and bring that child into their family. Through the legal process, that child becomes theirs and takes the family name.

Adoption in Scripture is not the same as described for the human family. We do not become a child of God through adoption. We become His child through the new birth. We must be born again in the manner of Nicodemus to enter God’s family. At that moment, our RELATIONSHIP with God changes.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

What then is spiritual adoption? The word translated adoption means placing as an adult son and involves the believer’s inheritance. Following a lost person’s becoming a child of God through the new birth, he is instantly adopted by God, thereby placing him in the position of an adult son. At that moment, the believer is invested with his inheritance of spiritual blessings by becoming an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. However, the full realization of his inheritance must wait until he receives his glorified body. As an adult son, he is in a position spiritually to inherit all the glories of heaven. He is rich because of his POSITION in God’s family.

What a precious thought that you and I as believers are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ in all the glory and riches that await us in heaven and for all eternity.

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