Thursday, August 6, 2020

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM HIS LOVE

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM HIS LOVE

Passage: Romans 8:31~39   

Keyverse: 38-39

1. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (31-34)

Paul and Christians were persecuted by non-Christians wherever they preached the gospel of Christ. Anyone could be fearful and want to quit. But Paul knew God had chosen and justified them. God, who gave Jesus, will hold nothing back for us. Jesus, who died and rose again, is also interceding for us.

2. More than conquerors (35-38)

What could threaten to separate us from Christ's love: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword? Christians may look at times like sheep to be slaughtered. But Christians are actually more than conquerors through the love of Christ. No power in heaven or on earth can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus.


Prayer: Lord, I have no reason to doubt or fear when I remember Jesus and his love that conquered hate and sin and death. Give me grace and courage to stand in Christ and conquer fear and hardships in his name.

One Word: We are more than conquerors through Christ's love


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

CHRISTIAN HOPE

CHRISTIAN HOPE

Passage: Romans 8:18~30   

Keyverse: 29

1. Waiting in hope (18-25)

Life in this world involves sufferings, frustration, bondage to decay, and death (18,20,21). The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed and brought into freedom and glory (19, 21). Creation groans like a woman in labor; though it's difficult, there is hope ahead. Christians hope for our adoption to sonship, as co-heirs with Christ. Our bodies will be redeemed and changed.

2. Being conformed to Jesus' image (26-30)

The Spirit helps us what to hope and pray for, according to God's will. In all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Christians are all being conformed to the image of Jesus, as members of God's family. God calls, justifies and glorifies his children for this. This is ultimately our hope and inner longing.


Prayer: Lord, the longing of my soul is not to avoid sufferings or live an easier life, but to be conformed to the image of Jesus. I've got a long way to go. Thank you for calling and working in me to this end.

One Word: The hope of being conformed to Jesus' image

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

MORE ABOUT LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

MORE ABOUT LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

Passage: Romans 8:9~17   

Keyverse: 11

1. The Spirit gives life (9-13)

The Spirit of God lives in Christians. The Spirit assures us that we belong to Christ. The Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies with victory over sin and death. Our Christian obligation is to live not according to the flesh, but by the Spirit and put to death self-centered deeds. This is life to the full.

2. Children and heirs of God (14-17)

Those led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit of God in us overcomes the fear of dying and being condemned by God. This Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God's children and enables us to pray, "Abba, Father." We are heirs of God's kingdom. We share in Christ's sufferings and glory in this unbelieving, self-centered world.


Prayer: Abba Father, I cry out to you. By your Spirit, I am your child. By your Spirit, I put my misdeeds to death and I have life and power to live for Christ in this fallen world today. By your grace and Spirit, I am yours. Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

One Word: Life in Christ and in the Spirit


Monday, August 3, 2020

THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST

THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST

Passage: Romans 8:1~8   

Keyverse: 1-2

1. God did what the law was powerless to do (1-4)

After intense deadly battle with sin and the law (Ch.6-7), Paul gives a climactic "therefore" and introduces Christian life in the Spirit. This is life "in Christ Jesus." The law had no power to save us. So God saved us through Jesus Christ, the sin offering for us. In Jesus, we are not condemned. Rather, all who live in Christ and according to the Spirit are righteous.

2. The mind of the flesh or the Spirit (5-8)

The fleshly, carnal mind is fixed on pleasing myself, such as through pleasure, human glory and pride. This mind is rebellious, displeases God and ends in death. The mind of the Spirit within the Christian is set on pleasing and seeking God, and growing in the mind and heart of Christ-his life and peace.


Prayer: Lord, you did what the law could not do. You set me free from the condemnation and control of sin, so I can now live according to the mind of the Spirit, desiring the life and peace of God. Thank you, Jesus.

One Word: Set free to live according to the Spirit


Sunday, August 2, 2020

JESUS CHRIST IS OUR RESCUER

JESUS CHRIST IS OUR RESCUER

Passage: Romans 7:14~25   

Keyverse: 25

1. The desire to do good (14-20)

God's law is spiritual and good. But we are unspiritual and prone to sin, that is, in our sinful natures. We have the desire to do good, but we cannot carry it out, at least not perfectly, due to sin living in us. This calls for a battle against sin and a surrender to Christ.

2. What a wretched sinner I am! (21-25)

When I want to do good, evil is right there. My inner being delights in God's law, but sin keeps enslaving and imprisoning me. Who can save a wretch like me? Amazing grace, how sweet the sound-Jesus Christ is our Rescuer! He saved us from our sin to make us right with God, and he continues to save us when we cry out to him. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Deliverer!


Prayer: Lord Jesus, I do not do the good I know I should do. Rather, I fall into sin when I depend on my own effort or goodness or strength. Rescue me from all my sins of pride and rebellion.

One Word: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ!


Saturday, August 1, 2020

THAT YOU MIGHT BELONG TO CHRIST

THAT YOU MIGHT BELONG TO CHRIST

Passage: Romans 7:1~13   

Keyverse: 4

1. We died to the law; we belong to Christ (1-6)

Marriage binds spouses together. Death dissolves that union. The law is a most demanding spouse whom we can never please perfectly. By believing in Jesus, we enter into a new union with Christ, dying to the law and serving God in the new way of the Spirit (8:3-4). This union bears good fruit for God.

2. The law is holy and good (7-13)

There's nothing wrong with the law. Rather, it is holy, righteous and good. The problem is sin in us. The law tells us what is holy, good and right. But we have no power to keep it. The law, "do not covet" is good, but it exposes our covetous heart. The law convicts us as sinners, because we all break it. The law makes our sin known. To accept the gospel, we must first see our sin and our powerlessness.


Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking our sin and guilt upon yourself to free us from the demands of the law, and to unite us to yourself. Now, by your grace, I can serve in the new way of the Spirit.

One Word: We belong to Christ and we serve in the new way of the Spirit


Friday, July 31, 2020

WHO IS YOUR MASTER?

WHO IS YOUR MASTER?

Passage: Romans 6:15~23   

Keyverse: 23

1. Slaves to sin or to righteousness (15-18)

Grace doesn't mean we can sin freely. Bonhoeffer wrote: "Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance." We are "slaves" to the one we obey-whether that is sin or righteousness. Jesus bought us out of slavery to sin by his blood. Now we belong to him and we are free to serve God from our hearts.

2. The results of whom we obey (19-23)

Living as slaves to sin results in shame, regret and death. Living as slaves of God leads to holiness and eternal life. When we live with Jesus as our "boss," the benefits far exceed worldly treasures. These blessings include true freedom and the gift of God, which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I lived freely in sin, I lived in regret and misery. Now, living in your grace, I have true freedom, hope, joy and peace. I offer myself again today to you, my Lord and my Savior.

One Word: I am free from sin to love and serve Jesus Christ


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