Tag Archives: nov 2016

11.25.16 – rom 8:38-39

Uncertainty is a feeling / condition we deal with on a daily basis. There are so many things that occur that we don’t control. On the flip side, there are an equal amount that we do control but for whatever reason can’t seem to manage. Uncertainty breeds fear of what may happen. The Bible is clear in telling us that fear is not of God. for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control ~ 2 Timothy 1:7.
Our belief and trust in God’s word is protection against uncertainty. Yes, we don’t know what tomorrow brings but if we believe in his word we can rest easy knowing he always has our best interests at heart. There are so many scriptures that speak of his pursuit and love for us but Paul brings it all together here; Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Regardless of where you are today the previous scripture applies to YOU, embrace it and draw closer to he, who knows you by name!

11.11.16 – rom 7:38

I think we can all relate to studying a subject out of expectation. For the most part that describes all of my school years. We can learn things by reading and studying, that doesn’t mean we have a love for or a passion to do them. Proverbs speaks to this a lot. The author assumes we have the knowledge to do what’s right thus he speaks to wisdom, the application of learned knowledge.
In one of his most well know writings (Rom 7) Paul also speaks to this. He states that it had been proven that simply knowing the law was never enough to keep man from sinning. To a certain degree it made man more aware of the boundaries he was not to cross, so guess what we did? Simply knowing what we are not to do isn’t really a motivation not to do it. Have you exceeded the speed limit lately? Guilty!!!!
In order for us to move away from sin we must first move closer to Jesus. Only through his love and grace are we moved to leave our old self and habits behind. As we begin the process and enter into a relationship with Jesus, sin begins to fade from our lives and we can then live a life of true freedom. Romans 7:18 – For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

11.4.16 – rom 6:11

A 2014 CBS study on addiction monitored rats and their ingestion of cocaine. They linked a point in time when the rat chose the drug over instinctive behavior. For example, every time they took the cocaine they were shocked, yet the rat came back for more. Something changed in the thought process enough for the rat to ignore what it knew would hurt them.

Paul speaks to a similar situation in our death to sin. When we accept Jesus as our savior, biblically we should leave what is termed as the “old man” behind and we are reborn into Christ and the grace he offers. The only “problem” is that we are still human thus we continue to sin. Some say, “then what’s the point? If I’m bound to sin and covered by God’s grace then I’ll just continue to live as I did before”. Here’s the deal, when we surrender our lives to Christ we should begin to see a change of heart. For some it happens instantaneously, for most though, it is a process. Remember, there was only one sinless man. As we continue to walk with Jesus our heart understands the freedom from sin he offers and innately we move further away from it. While we are far from lab rats there is no question that behavior is learned. Left to our own devices we generally choose what feels good in the moment. Dying to sin can be a slow death but as long as we look to Jesus it will happen. Romans 6:11 – So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.