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Romans 10:1-4
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

The Jews are marked by religiosity and religious fervour that few others share and it is something that amazes me. Paul testifies of it in the passage above when he refers to them as zealous. However, he states that their zeal for God is not based on knowledge and this is where they are lost. I am certain that to the Jews, we Christians are lost in following Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and this causes the great divide. So, is Christ the undoing of the law as stated above?

For thousands of years, the Jews have been trying to live up to the law and follow its requirements but have faltered and therefore offer sacrifices as atonement for their sins. This is being done in wait of the Messiah who will redeem them and establish them as His own. In Christ, all the requirements of the law were met, in his death the ultimate sacrifice for mankind was made and in his resurrection, the assurance of life eternal for those who believe is confirmed. He is the Messiah for the Jews and Gentiles alike and waits (patiently) for those who believe to come and submit their lives to him and accept his gift of forgiveness and salvation. He is the fulfillment of the law and in Him, there is righteousness for all who believe. Are you still trying to live up to the law or can you see the truth in Jesus?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 9:6-9
It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

Paul was often accused by the Jews of being a traitor because he shared the gospel with non-Jews even though the Jews knew by law that they were God’s own people. This must have been very hard for them to understand and accept. He brought in the concept that it was not by bloodline that people were called Abraham’s children but by faith. Isaac was God’s gift to Abraham and Sarah because of Abraham’s faith which God recognized and rewarded. Much the same way, we are called Abraham’s children by faith in Jesus Christ.

As immigrants, my family and I are in a new land and in a few years we will have the right to call ourselves citizens. To a local from the land, it will be hard to accept us as one of them but that’s the system. This country’s system (For economic purposes) is based on a set of rules and our abiding by them to qualify. However, Paul clarifies that we are now Abraham’s children by faith in Jesus Christ even though our bloodline is not physically traced back to Abraham. This is a permanent residency that lasts far beyond our human years on this earth and is our identity for eternity. Have you got your new identity?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 8:22-25
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In a world where success needs to be measured, I often get caught up in the rat race even when it comes to my spiritual life. This morning was one of those days when I prayed asking God to enhance or improve my ministry of His Word because I felt that I was not effective and lives didn’t seem to be touched. I was corrected by Him immediately as He let me know that I was serving him and he was the one who determined success, not me. God orchestrates human thought and creates opportunities for the lost to hear his voice and we as servants of God are called to serve him faithfully. Why is it so hard for me to understand for I have often visited these crossroads in my faith walk?

As the earth quakes and groans in anticipation of the coming King, all mankind seem to be asking and wondering who or what is in control and what next? We Christians know the truth and are eager to be redeemed from the darkness of this world and have our hope in Jesus’ return. If our hope shifts from an unseen goal (His return) to measureable goals as I had this morning, there seems to be nothing to look forward to and we are soon lost like the world. We therefore need to refocus our hope in Jesus’ coming and serve him faithfully without counting the cost or measuring the results.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 7:21-25
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7 is quite the chapter to read on sin and the law. Paul clearly demarcates how the law is good and pure but sin abounds in the presence of law and is in us and until we are made anew in Christ, it has dominion over us. However, he also talks about how evil is still here with us after we are saved by God’s grace and keeps trying to trip us in our walk with the Lord. Am I the only one who completely agrees or do you too?

Yesterday, I received a forward from a dear friend regarding praying before eating. A Japanese Researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto took water droplets, exposed them to various words, music, and environments, and froze them for three hours. He then examined the crystal formations under a dark field microscope. And he took photographs. The results speak for themselves. The most beautiful crystals were ones formed after praying and this shows the power of prayer which we take for granted. As we continue to battle with sin in our walk with the Lord, the weapon we have to counter it is prayer and the assurance we have of being rescued from evil is Jesus Christ our Lord. Oh what a wonderful assurance.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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Romans 6:19b-23
Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Shame is a common problem we Christians face daily. We are embarrassed to let the world know our new life because we don’t believe the world will accept the ‘new’ us. We would rather be acceptable to the world around us than to Christ, whom we know is real and true but does not exist in our day-to-day lives. This is a challenge we face everyday and overcoming it seems like such a hard battle. It is to people like us that Paul is writing.

I have 747 friends on facebook, a social networking website, and a dear sister and friend of mine suggested I feature these devotionals on the site. It was hard because I felt most of my friends would not be accepting of me and my religious views. The fear of losing friends gripped me and I pulled down the feature after a day of trying. However, recently I was encouraged once again by the Holy Spirit and I consented. My loss may be a few friends but my gain is the many who might seek the Lord and find their Savior and Redeemer in Him. Lets not be slaves to sin but to God and therefore grow in holiness and gain eternal life!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 5:18-19
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Every verse in Romans until now has been so rich and I’ve found it a challenge to pick a certain verse, topic or theme to write on. Paul is imparting a course on Christianity to the Romans and to us today and he gives us answers to serious and contentious issues we face even today in our faith. Today’s passage is pregnant with meaning because it talks about something that most people never understand. How could we face condemnation because of Adam’s sin?

Adam was the first man God created and he is the mould we are all made of. Our physical and emotional self is based on how God created him and therefore he is the image of all mankind. When Adam sinned, he showed human vulnerability to sin. The sin he committed may not have been great in our eyes, he only ate a forbidden fruit! In God’s eyes, it was disobedience and therefore sin crept in and so did death as a result of sin. Today, we live in sin and death is an accepted reality but what about our souls? Only through Jesus’ death are we forgiven from our sinfulness through faith in him and we are rewarded eternal life through his resurrection. One man’s sin destroyed the world and one man’s sacrifice saved it! Who do we want to follow?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 4:18
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Last night, while browsing some videos friends had posted on facebook, I watched one of Nick Vujicic. If you ever feel like you have it bad in life and need inspiration, just head over to his website and watch his videos. He was born with no legs or hands but lives life bigger and better than people fully formed. Most importantly, what gives him hope to live each day is not strength, hope or a possible future with limbs but the grace of God. Today’s chapter talks about Abraham being justified by faith in God and what that means to us.

Often we consider stories in the Bible as tales of old but seldom believe them. Abraham was told that he would be the father of the nations but he had no child and he was in his 90s. Imagine how ridiculous the thought could be but instead of sneering or laughing at God, he believed. His wife Sarah was barren and her womb was dead, yet they both believed and as history shows, they had a son, Isaac! God loves us dearly enough to have sacrificed his son for our salvation. Do you not think this God is serious when He asks us to come and submit our problems, worries and troubles to Him? He is willing and ever patient but lets not miss the opportunity to accept his gracious offer. Lets obey like Abraham and be blessed by God with a righteousness that comes from God alone.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy