Posts with the tag “romans”
by Audrey Rogers on July 3rd, 2020
Romans 16:19I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. Innocent is typically not a way we like to be described. It suggests we are inexperienced and/or naïve. However, in this case, that is the description of a blessed life. Paul commences this great letter with a clear instruction to the saints: be innocent. In other words, be unaware, uncouth, and uncultured concer...
by Audrey Rogers on July 2nd, 2020
Romans 15:13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Would you like to have joy and peace? Then verse 13 says go after hope. And if you go after hope, then you know you have to go after God, because He is the God of hope. Now why should God be called a God of hope? Well, hope is a predisposition of a brighter ...
by Audrey Rogers on July 1st, 2020
Romans 14:3Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgement on the one who eats. Should Christians read Harry Potter? Should they listen to secular music? Should they watch movies that condone cursing and violence? Is it advisable to smoke or drink? Should they get tattoos? Do yoga? Recognize Halloween? Should they invest time in video games? I...
by Audrey Rogers on June 30th, 2020
Romans 13:8Owe no one anything, except to love each other. Don’t place yourself at the mercy of another. Be indebted to no man. Be free and unencumbered. This means strive to self-support. As a Christian, God would rather you be under no obligation but one—and that’s to love one another. We are all beholden to love. Ideally, we are not to be on the tab for anything else. No pacts, no bonds. No con...
by Audrey Rogers on June 29th, 2020
Romans 12:10Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. We live in such a competitive society that constantly seeks to outdo one another. Well, here’s one thing to outdo others in—showing honor. If someone pays you a compliment, do her one better and give her a referral. If someone shows you a kindness, up the ante and send him a gift. And if someone disrespects ...
by Audrey Rogers on June 26th, 2020
Romans 11:33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!Paul has been sharing some very deep thoughts and complex theology in this book! He’s trying to explain the mind of God, which is so very far above our heads. I am humbled when I realize how narrow my focus can get sometimes, and then the Holy Spirit helps me bac...
by Audrey Rogers on June 25th, 2020
Romans 10:2For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.Paul is talking about his Jewish brothers & sisters – they were ALL ABOUT following the Rules of Righteousness, trying to earn favor with God – but they didn’t understand that ultimately, God does not want our self-sacrifices. We don’t get to heaven just by following all the rules or being a ‘good pers...
by Audrey Rogers on June 24th, 2020
Romans 9:18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.If God chooses to have mercy on one person but not another, what then is the point of praying for God to save certain people? What’s the point of trying to raise our children “in the way they should go”? What’s the point of telling people about Jesus? It may seem like there is no point, no hope, if we have no as...
by Audrey Rogers on June 23rd, 2020
Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.Condemnation = punishment. If you are abiding in Jesus and He in you, you no longer face eternal punishment. Conviction = declaration of guilt. We do all still face conviction because we are all still guilty. Guilty of missing the mark of God’s perfect will for our life, whether that be by walking in pride, anger, b...
by Audrey Rogers on June 22nd, 2020
Romans 7:6We serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Does transformation happen from the outside in? Or from the inside out? Instinctively, we all know it’s the latter, yet we act as if it’s the former. Written codes, company policy, performance reviews, accountability partners, internet filters, radar speed guns, legislative acts, you name it—these are all g...
by Audrey Rogers on June 19th, 2020
Romans 6:23The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Have you ever received an overdraft notice? How about an eviction? A foreclosure? A criminal sentence? Actually, you’ve experienced something much worse. The eternal gavel has been struck. Your doom has been sealed. Your sentence is death. And the guards come to take you away. Yet they seize an...
by Audrey Rogers on June 18th, 2020
Romans 5:8God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Sometimes we feel like we need to clean up our act, or clean up our mouth, or clean up our thoughts, or, for crying out loud, clean up our house, to even be worthy of God’s notice. But true love is being seen at our worst and still being chosen. When God placed his seal of love upon you, it wasn’t when you...
by Audrey Rogers on June 17th, 2020
Romans 4:20No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God. Wow. Abraham never wavered. Now this verse doesn’t claim he was without doubt. He had his doubts, to be sure (Genesis 15:2-3; 16:4; 17:17; 20:2)! But he clung to the promise of God, and it held. We all need to drop anchor in the Word of God. When the doubts come and the winds blow, we need something to stabilize us. This is where...
by Audrey Rogers on June 16th, 2020
Romans 3:20By works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight. Have you ever felt like you needed to curry the favor of a hard to please boss? Or ingratiate yourself to the society of important people? You finally feel you may have arrived, only to discover the standard keeps getting moved ahead. Your best efforts never seem good enough. And, unfortunately, that’s been much of our e...
by Audrey Rogers on June 15th, 2020
Romans 2:21You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? Integrity comes from the idea of being unified, being whole, being one. What I believe, say, think, and do are all the same. I’m not one person over here, and a different person over there. I’m consistent. That’s what it means to be a person of integrity. You hold yourself to the same standard you hold for others. It’s so easy to let...
by Audrey Rogers on June 12th, 2020
Romans 1:11-12For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Paul loved going to church. He longed to give and receive. He cherished the opportunity of a gathered assembly. He saw the potential at every hand’s turn. For the last 12 weeks our gatherings have been virtual. A...
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