Romans 12 - Day 330
Romans 12 - Day 330 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
Observation: Up to this point, Paul’s epistle to the Church in Rome explains to us who God is and what He has done. It tells us of Jesus Christ and what His death accomplished and just as importantly, it tells us about ourselves, what we were like without Christ and who we are after trusting in Christ. Having experienced God’s grace, Paul points out that Jesus doesn't demand men that we straighten out our lives before coming to Christ. Rather, "While we were still sinners Christ died on a cross for our sins.”
In the remaining chapters, Paul gives us some practical applications of how we are to live. He starts with God’s will for our lives - sanctification.
Application: Offer my body as a living sacrifice. How? "Be transformed” (passive verb) by the renewing of my mind. Meaning, submit to God and rely on the Holy Spirit to transform my thinking - meditating on scriptures seems to work best.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have Your way in and through me.
Romans 11 - Day 329
Romans 11 - Day 329 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 11:25-29
Observation: As Paul continues his discourse, he reveals that the Israelites will be reconciled to God, for He keeps his promises to those He loves. For reasons that only He knows, God loves the Israelites and will redeem them in the end.
Application: For reasons that only He knows, God has extended His grace to me and I am humbled. As Paul instructed the Church in Rome, I am not to be conceited but grateful.
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus for this Your gift of Life that I have through your sacrifice. Please help me to live fully empowered by You.
Romans 10 - Day 328
Romans 10 - Day 328 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 10:1-4
Observation: Paul explains the "why" behind what motivates people to act the way that they do.
Application: When we read the bible, we should do so with the intention of getting to know God and not just to obtain more scriptures to defend our point of view. The Israelites knew the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament) but didn't know God.
Prayer: Lord, open the eyes of my heart, that I may see and know You.
Romans 9 - Day 327
Romans 9 - Day 327 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 9:16-21
Observation: Paul continues to support his argument that God is just by preempting the counterargument - “That’s not fair.” It appears that Paul justifies his position with the common parental response, “Because I told you so…” That’s why it’s important to read scripture in context, especially the greater context of the whole bible. Yes, Paul is saying that God has every right to do what He wants to do. However, God’s intention is for good (Romans 8:28).
Application: It comes down to trusting that God is good and wants the best for me/us. How? Recount all the good times and things God has proven Himself to be gracious, patient, loving…
Prayer: Lord, thank you...
Romans 8 - Day 326
Romans 8 - Day 326 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Romans 8:1-4
Observation: Paul continues to build his argument why Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice (if you haven’t been keeping up with the daily readings, I strongly suggest that you go back and at least read chapters 6-7). In verse 1, Paul delivers the key to living in God’s grace, for there is no condemnation in Jesus.
Application: Grace draws us near and condemnation pushes us away. Ask yourself, "Do I feel distant or close to God, and why?"
Prayer: Lord, draw me closer to You.
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