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10.24.16 – rom 5:3-4

I love to watch the creative process. I’m drawn to TV programs that walk us through it, from building cars to cooking. I’ve recently found a new favorite, it’s called Forged in Fire. During the show four Blade-smiths take a like scrap of iron and fashion it into a knife. This metal is put into a forge that reaches 1800 degrees. It is then beaten with a hammer to begin to shape it into the knife. The process is repeated several times before the finished product emerges. Then the knives are put through a series of tests to see which one performs the best. They test the sharpness and the strength of the blades. You see the repeated exposure to the heat of the forge helps to build hardness of the blade, without the exposure to these harsh conditions the knife would break. But through the process the metal actually becomes stronger.
Paul speaks to this same process in our lives and relationship with God. No one ever promised the Christian life would be rainbows and unicorns. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33. Jesus pretty much tells us it’s coming. Paul explains that as we put our faith in God, with each passing tribulation, we grow stronger in the hope that is Jesus. By trusting in God’s plan, whatever it may be, we come out of a rough season stronger than we entered it.
To watch the master Blade-smiths do their work is something I thoroughly enjoy. To be a part of God’s tempering of our lives is a blessing. He shows as much care and consideration for the final product, so that we too can withstand the tests that lie ahead, in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:3-4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

10.11.16 – rom 4:13

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? No doubt you’ve heard this philosophical dilemma a time or two. Did you know that in 2010 scientists at Sheffield and Warwick University in England claimed to have solved this age old question? I won’t go into the details but the Chicken was declared the winner. Needless to say both are equally essential. I for one am just trying to figure out why it was worth a study such as this.
In Romans 3 Paul has laid out that both Jew and Gentile have equal access to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Now he addresses the subject of faith vs works using Abraham, how before he was chosen, he demonstrated the faith that is at the heart of salvation. Abraham had a litany of works he could lay out for comparison with anyone but it was his faith that made him God’s chosen father of all who would believe. On our best day we are still sinners and it is only through our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus that sets us apart. It was a similar faith in God’s promises to him that set Abraham apart.
While our Works and Faith coexist much like the Chicken and Egg, you can be assured that without faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection, your works mean about as much as the as the results of the aforementioned study. Romans 4:13 – For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

10.4.16 – rom 3:5

There are things that occur that we can’t wrap our heads around. Many non-believers use the deaths of innocent children and other such tragedies to explain away that God is ALL that is good. Therefore, he doesn’t exist at all. On the other hand we have believers that say God’s grace covers all my sins, so regardless of what I do, he can use it for his glory. Gods grace was never intended to be used as a perpetual “get out of jail free” card.
They say two wrongs don’t make a right. Really, no wrongs can ever make a right. If our intent is to do wrong, then it is wrong. When Joseph’s brothers did the unthinkable to him God never justified their actions. However, he did use it to raise up Joseph who saw the ultimate good that came from thier evil intentions. He then used it to bring his brothers to repentance.
You see God loves you so much that he will use your unrighteousness to bring you to see this love. In spite of all the wrong that we can do, God loves and will continue to pursue us in any manner he sees fit. He is omnipresent, that means right now, in spite of your unrighteousness, he’s looking for ways to bring you closer to him.
Romans 3:5 – But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us?