Posts Tagged ‘romans’


Under Gods Command

Romans:  15:20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 

 Paul says that he has “ambition.” Ambition can be a difficult topic for Christian’s because we see so many bad examples of ambitious people who claw their way to the top.  But certainly that isn’t the kind of ambition one sees in Paul.  Instead of looking out for himself and working hard for personal advancement, he was ambitious to serve God-for Paul that meant to “preach the gospel where Christ was not known.”

Lets Bring it home: Are we ambitious for God? Do we want, more than anything else, to please him and to do his will?  Ask God for “holy ambition.”


Under Gods Command

Romans: 15:04 For everything that was written in the past was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

The Knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitudes toward the present and the future. The more we know about what God has done in years past, the greater the confidence we have about what he will do in the days ahead. We should read our Bibles diligently to increase our trust that God’s will is best for us.

Lets Bring it home: How much time do we spend in the Word? Have often do you opened your Bible week to week? Self-evaluation.


Under Gods Command
Dead to sin, Alive in Christ

Romans 6:14-15 (14) For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. (15) What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

If we’re no longer under the law but under grace, are we now free to sin and disregard the Ten Commandments? Paul says, “By no means.” When we were under the law, sin was our master-the law does not justify us or help us over come sin.

Lets Bring it Home: But now that we are bound to Christ, he is our Master, and he gives us power to do good rather then evil.


Under Gods Command

Romans 5:9-10 – Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 

The love that caused Christ to die is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us every day. The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that saved you and is available to you in your daily life.

 

Lets Bring it home: Be assured that, having begun a life with Christ, you have a reserve of power and love to call on each day, for help to meet every challenged or trial.  You can pray for God’s power and love, as you need it.

 


Under Gods Command

Romans 5:7-8 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

“While we were still sinners”- these are amazing words.  God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not because we were good enough but because he loved us.  Whenever you feel uncertain about God’s love for you, remember that he loved you even before you turned to him.

 

Lets Bring it home: If God loved you when you were a rebel, he can surely strengthen you, now that you love him in return.


Under Gods Command

Romans 2:01 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at what ever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same thing. 

Whenever we find ourselves feeling justifiably angry about someone’s sin, we should be careful.  We need to speak out against sin, but we must do so in a spirit of humility.  Often the sins we notice most clearly in others are the ones that have taken root in us.

Lets Bring it Home: If we look closely at ourselves, we may find that we are committing the same sins in more socially acceptable forms.  For example, a person who gossips may be very critical of others who gossip about him or her.