Ro 16 WISDOM AND INNOCENCE
Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil: one of Paul’s goals was to help believers grow in obedience to God through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit. They are not only to be knowledgeable about good, but must put it into practice Jas 1:22. On the other end of the spectrum, believers must avoid doing evil.
Application: Christians are to reflect the character of Christ and be light and salt in this world Mt 5:13,14. When witnessing to the lost, Jesus said to be as innocent as doves and shrewd as snakes Mt 10:16. We are Christ’s ambassadors 2 Co 5:20, and therefore, our behaviour will either make the Gospel message more attractive or do damage to it. May we be faithful to our calling and be rewarded by Jesus with the words “well done faithful servant” Mt 25:23.
Ro 15 BUILDING UP OTHERS
Monday, December 6, 2021.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up: the Gospel message is that one must die to self-life Gal 2:20 and therefore Paul exhorted his readers to live for others by encouraging and helping.
Application: we are to have the same attitude as Jesus, who took upon Himself, the humble position of servant to please others. The Kingdom of God is the upside-down kingdom, opposite of the world’s values. The world’s first commandment is to look out for Number One (yourself), which is contrary to Jesus’ rule to love your neighbor as yourself Mk 12:31. He also taught that it was more blessed to give than receive Ac 20:35.
Ro 14:13 JUDGING OTHERS
Sunday, December 5, 2021.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister: Paul didn’t want Christians quarreling over disputable matters Ro 14:1. He called this type of action, judging, and believed that God, not man, was responsible for making each servant stand or fall Ro 14:4. This kind of behavior placed an obstacle between brothers or sisters causing divisions in the church.
Application: Satan has skillfully used this tactic to divide the Church in the area of Co-Vid vaccinations. Many believers, heartily support vaccinations, while others strongly oppose them. Instead of loving people with an opposing opinion, we are treating each other with contempt causing a serious division in the body of Christ. Jesus stated that a house divided would not stand Mk 3:25. Let’s not allow our personal beliefs poison the body of Christ. Instead, let’s unite in our efforts at saving the lost Mt 28:19, while avoiding divisions inside the Church.
Ro 13 LAST DAYS
Saturday, December 4, 2021.
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Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God: Paul reminded his readers that God had chosen authorities to rule over every nation, to maintain peace and punish wrongdoers. The governed people should be submissive and respect this authority unless their rules violate God’s commandments. Peter told the authorities, who had demanded him not to speak or teach about Jesus, which in God’s eyes was right and therefore, he couldn’t obey their request Ac 4:18,19,20.
Application: The Canadian authorities have placed pastors in jail for not limiting the number of people in their services, which is contrary to God’s command to not give up meeting together—and all the more as you see the Day approaching Heb 10:25. We do see the Day approaching, where the Antichrist will soon be revealed and the seven-year tribulation period will begin Dan 9:27. If the peace agreement with Israel and certain Muslim countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, Sudan and Morocco is what Dan 9:27 refers to then the seals are in play.
The white horse and its’ rider have already been unsealed Rev 6:2. The white horse gave its’ rider the appearance of peace and righteousness, and the crown represented authority (governments), while the bow without arrows symbolized that it will be through deception (plandemic) rather than a physical war that he conquers. The second seal has also been opened but has not been fulfilled as of yet. The Satanic forces have tried unsuccessfully to make people kill each other through civil war (fake insurrection of January 6th), by dividing blacks (BLM) against whites (riots), rich against poor, male against female, teaching Critical Race Theory to children to divide the country Rev 6:4. The third seal is also in its early stages with the supply chains being manipulated through transportation regulations to cause worldwide famine Rev 6:5,6. The Co-Vid vaccines and boosters will be part of the plague portion along with the sword and famine that will eventually kill one-fourth of the earth’s population, partially fulfilling Bill Gates’ depopulation plan (Georgia Guidestones) Rev 6:8. It will all culminate with the people receiving the mark of the beast and worshipping the antichrist Rev 13:15,16,17,18. Right now in Sweden, a chip is being placed in the hand, to identify those people, who have been vaccinated and have the vaccine passport. This is a precursor to the mark that will doom those to eternal torment Rev 14:9,10,11. While it is still day, anyone can repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ 2 Co 6:2. Maranatha! 1 Co 4:5; Jas 5:8.
Ro 12 LIVING SACRIFICES
Friday, December 3, 2021.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship: Paul reminded believers since God had reconciled us 2 Co 5:18, we are to be living sacrifices by offering our bodies, just as Old testament saints offered animal sacrifices to God. This is the New Testament type of worship that is holy and pleasing to God. We were bought with a price and we are not our own 1 Co 6:19,20.
Application: the Holy Spirit has given each a spiritual gift to be used for the good of the body 1 Co 12:7. We are to use, not hide our gift, for God’s purpose, not for selfish gain Ro 12:6,7,8.
Ro 11 GOD’S MAGNIFICENCE
Thursday, December 2, 2021.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Man can never grasp the wisdom and riches of God. He is infinitely above our understanding, yet He desires to have a relationship with us. Even in His judgments, we can’t comprehend His methods. He never uses the same formula as Paul described—His paths beyond tracing out, like a field of grass, which never has an indentation, for no one route is ever repeated.
Application: we serve a majestic God. How can we question God’s wisdom and believe we know better than God? His promise is that He’ll work all things out for our good Ro 8:28, so let us trust God to complete the good work that He started in us Php 1:6.
Ro 10 GOOD NEWS
Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ: Paul outlined how one can be saved. We are saved by believing the Gospel message which is preached by Christ’s followers from the recorded accounts in the Bible.
Application: it is our responsibility to share the Good News for one must hear the message before he or she can believe. For no one knows what Christ did for humanity unless they are told the story Ro 10:14.
We are in the Last Days with little time to waste as Christ could return at any moment, closing the door on humanity forever, so let us be vigilant and give the lost one last chance to believe in Jesus and avoid destruction.
Ro 9 SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? Yes, God is the Creator of everything, and thus is sovereign in all decisions concerning mankind. God would use Pharoah for His purposes by making him, His enemy. Pharaoh would glorify God’s name, first becoming the most powerful kingdom in the eyes of all nations, then being destroyed by God as He delivered Israel Ro 9:17; Ps 136:13-15.
Application: You can prepare yourself for God to use you for special purposes by cleansing yourself from sinful activities 2 Ti 2:20,21.
Ro 8 GOD’S INTERCESSION
Monday, November 29, 2021.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us: how fortunate are Christians to know that Jesus is interceding in prayer for them. Not only, the Son, but also the Holy Spirit Ro 8:27. He is passionately communicating our circumstances in wordless groans to the Father Ro 8:26.
Application: how blessed we are to be children of God, joint heirs with Christ Ro 8:17. These wonderful privileges should help us give our best in every situation we encounter. Our desire should be as Paul’s, who interceded for his people the Israelites to know God.
Ro 7 SIN AND THE LAW
Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin: Paul outlined the frustration that he and every moral person felt. In his mind, he wanted to do what was right but a greater power in his flesh would win out. His disappointment led him to cry out that he was a wretched man and asked the question, “Who can rescue me?” Ro 7:24. His answer was that Jesus can deliver. Paul had to die to the desires of the law by turning his attention to desiring to please Christ.
Application: Understanding the love of Christ—His sacrifice that paid for our sins, leads every believer to die to self-pleasing and turn to Christ pleasing. Whenever we submit to the Holy Spirit there is victory against sin. It is focusing on the law and its’ desires that sin gains its’ power 1 Co 15:56; Jas 1:14,15. Just as a wet paint sign, which reads “don’t touch,” leads us to touch the paint to see if it is truly wet, or the command not to look through the key hole places an inquisitive desire to discover what we are missing.
We are to think on things that are positive not negative Php 4:8,9; on heavenly not earthly things Col 3:2. The mind set on the Spirit leads to victory over our flesh Ro 8:6.
Ro 6 BAPTISM
Saturday, November 27, 2021.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life: Christ gave up His life to fulfill the will of His Father, to save God’s people. Baptism symbolizes our death to self-rule. The going down into the water, buried the old man, while returning to the surface was the resurrection of the new man—the one desiring to live for God.
Application: just as Jesus placed His Father’s will before His own, baptism is the process for each to willingly liberate themselves. We were born as slaves to pleasing self, which led to the bondage of sin, to become a slave to righteousness and pleasing God. The result of that decision is meaning and purpose in this earthly life and an everlasting relationship with God in the next life.
Ro 5 BALANCING THE BOOKS
Friday, November 26, 2021.
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For if, while 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: sin made us God’s enemy but Jesus’ death paid the debt Ro 6:23 and allowed God to be reconciled to man 2 Co 5:19. Now, man can be saved by being reconciled to God 2 Co 5:20—by accepting God’s gift of forgiveness and life Ac 3:19.
Application: God took our debt off His Accounts Receivable and exhorts us to take our debt off our Accounts Payable. Nothing is preventing man from coming to God as His justice has been satisfied with Christ’s payment of His blood. Man only has to receive God’s forgiveness and Christ’s life by dying to his self-rule.
Ro 4 THE GOSPEL
Thursday, November 25, 2021.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification: Paul shared the Gospel which contains two truths. The first truth concerns the Crucifixion. Christ died on a cross to forgive the sin of the world Jn 1:29. The second truth engages the Resurrection. Christ rose from the dead to give us life. If He hadn’t been raised from the dead our faith would be futile and we would still be in our sins Co 15:17.
Application: The Gospel is simple to understand but takes a steadfast commitment to receive its blessings. We were born with Adam’s sin nature Ps 51:5 and thus separated from God Isa 59:2. Jesus paid the sin debt to provide forgiveness to all 1 Jn 2:2. When we agree with God concerning our sins 1 Jn 1:9 and repent, turn to God and die to self-rule, we receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life Ro 6:23.
Ro 3 THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW
Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin: Paul said he wouldn’t have known what sin was unless the Law had revealed it Ro 7:7. The Law brought awareness of wrongdoing. Yet, man could not keep the Law perfectly Jas 2:10, and therefore, no one could be declared righteous in God’s sight through the Law. It’s purpose was to demonstrate that we were sinners in need of a Savior, to deliver us from the consequences of the Law—death. Jesus, was sent to destroy the power of death Heb 2:14 by His sinless life Heb 4:15 and His payment of sin at the Cross.
Application: when we recognize that we are unable to please God and are sinners deserving death Ro 6:23 we gladly accept the Gospel and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. The Law is like a mirror, it can show us that we have a dirty face, but it cannot clean it. A bar of soap can! Jesus’ blood is the cleansing solution to sin, once we acknowledge that we are sinners and in need of a Savior.
Ro 2 CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART
Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God: Paul explained to the Jews that the Law could not save anyone. A genuine Jew (saved person) was not based on physical DNA or outward adherence to certain traditions but on a change of one’s heart, guided by the Holy Spirit not the Law.
Application: salvation is by faith alone Ro 3:28 and through Christ alone Jn 14:6. Anyone who rejects the Gospel and relies on themselves or the Law to save will be in for a rude awakening come Judgment Day Ro 2:7,8.
Ro 1 ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
Monday, November 22, 2021.
That is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith: Paul wanted to impart some spiritual gift to the believers in Rome to make them strong in the Lord Ro 1:11. He then deepened his thought to include mutual benefit through fellowship Pr 27:17.
Application: Satan has hindered God’s people through the Covid mandates, for he knows fellowship Heb 10:25 is one of the Lord’s best weapons to encourage downcast Christians. The Church is called the “Body” for a reason. We need each other, yet, many fail to discern that Satan has caused a division in churches by pitting Christians on different sides of the vaccine issue. Jesus said a house divided wouldn’t stand Mk 3:25. He also told the Church to watch out that no one deceived them Mt 24:4. Let us wake up from our slumber Eph 5:14 and pursue the real enemy—Satan, by uniting with our brothers and sisters and encouraging one another.