Romans 9:22 Great Patience

“What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction?” Romans 9:22

Paul had just pointed out that God will show mercy to some and not to others, and that He raises some up purposefully to demonstrate His power. The example of use was with Pharaoh in Egypt. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened for God to use him as an example.

Many then get upset with God because it does not seem that He gives them an option to serve Him. This is a common view by humans because they have limited vision and knowledge. God has knowledge of every person’s inner thoughts and actions. He knows who will ultimately serve Him and who will reject Him in the end. With this knowledge God will use people for His purpose.

Now Paul is pointing out the great patience God has with those He knows will not serve Him. Many believers are praying that God will destroy various leaders or people who are against Christians in a strong way. Some will actually pray that God will kill them off. This is a short-term solution and really does not show the great power of God.

God allows people to be in power in order to show His own power overall. Despite Pharaoh being the head leader, God overruled him and got His people released. This brought about a greater victory. While Pharaoh was ruling, God had to wait patiently for the right time. This shows His great patience.

God is not willing that any die in their sins, but that all will be saved. Yet He knows that many will in fact die in their sins, refusing to repent or follow Jesus. He could just automatically destroy all of them, but He waits with great patience for the right time.

As a believer you must also be patient with those who are against God. You do not know the inner heart. That person may be close to following God, or God may be using him to bring about His own glory.

God used Pharaoh to ultimately save the Israelites from destruction during the great famine. Who knows how God will use people today in your life that seem to be against God? Trust God in every situation.

Ask God for His patience for dealing with others. In the end you will see His glory being shown.

I pray today that you will know the love, mercy, and patience God has; that you will trust God’s plan for you and others; that you will be filled with God’s patience with others; and that you will be His witness to everyone.

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Romans 9:2-3 Great Sorrow

“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race” Romans 9:2-3

Although Paul went to the Gentiles to preach the gospel message, his heart was still for his own people, the Israelites. The Israelites did not like to listen to him and wanted him dead. It was others that would listen to him. Yet, Paul was in great sorrow for his people. It was so great that he wished he could be sacrificed for them. He was willing to die for them so that they could live.

In the world today most people are only concerned about themselves. They are more concerned about their own life, then for the lives of other people. The love people show for others is usually just a surface love. There is no real deep, true love for others. This even includes good friends most of the time.

Very few believers take the time to be a witness to people around them about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. Most do not want to offend someone else. Others are afraid of what will be said or done.

Jesus left heaven to come to this old earth. He suffered extreme persecution and died on a cross just to save you. He went to extreme lengths to save you.

What should you do for others to see them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus? You cannot save them, but you can give them the message. Your heart should be the same as that of Jesus and Paul. It should be one that is willing to die for another to be saved.

Paul was willing to be cursed and condemned by God if it would have saved all of his people. God will never ask you to be cursed and condemned by Him in order to save others. All He asks is that you tell them about Jesus.

Are you telling someone about Jesus? Do you have great sorrow in your heart for the lost, both friends and everyone else?

What is your desire? Is it for yourself or for others to be saved?

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for the lost; that you will have the love Jesus had for the lost; that Jesus will show you how to be His witness; and that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus.

Romans 8:37 More Than A Conqueror

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

As people go through life, most do not see themselves as a conqueror, much less more than a conqueror. Many do not even see themselves as really victorious. Often people look at themselves as just surviving, plugging through life with only a few small victories.

Paul states that you are more than a conqueror in these things. What are these “things” that he is talking about. Look back a few verses and you see that it is trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword. Basically it is everything that is bad that happens in life.

In life you will go through many different difficult situations from having a difficult day, all the way to being killed. It does not matter who you are, there will be those problems. Many people think that if they just have enough money, or that right job, all the problems will disappear. Others believe that if they just follow Jesus correctly the problems will go away.

Yet, no matter what you do there are more problems. As one problem leaves, another takes its place. While these problems are challenging, you can know that in Christ Jesus you are more than a conqueror through them.

What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror”? Most people either lose the battle or they just survive. Being more than a conqueror means that you go through the situation with the joy and strength of Jesus. You go through with the knowledge that He is in control and that you will win in the end. You do not grumble, complain, or go into despair.

The main difference is that your mind is set upon Jesus and His future for you, not the here and now. You know that Jesus loves you and is with you. You know that you are saved. Nothing can stop you when you are with Jesus and following Him.

As you go through a difficult time, where are you focused? Are you looking at the situation and complaining? Or are you looking towards Jesus and what He has done for you and will do for you?

If you are in Jesus, you are more than a conqueror. Don’t give up. Hold your head up high, you are a child of God, co-heir with Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus is in control; that you will not be broken down by the troubles of this world; that you will know that you are more than a conqueror in Jesus; and that God will help you to be victorious.

Romans 8:28 All For Your Good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

As a person goes through life, there are times of trouble and hardship. The biggest question every person has is usually: Why? People want to know why there are troubles. This is especially true for believers. Believers feel that there should be no troubles in life, since they are following Jesus.

Jesus had promised that there would be troubles. At the time He stated that, He did not state why there would be troubles. Paul now brings up the reason for those troubles: for the good of those who love Him. God works in every situation in life to help the believer towards his purpose for God.

You may never really know why you went through a situation in life, but you can know that God is working it for your good. The best good for you is building you up more and more to be like Jesus.

The world will try to tear you down and get you to not be more like Jesus or even to believe in Him. Yet, if you keep your focus on Jesus and what He is doing in your life, all the situations thrown at you will only help build you up more like Jesus. You know that God first and foremost plan for you is to be like Jesus. If that is the case (which it is) then you know that God will use anything and everything He can to accomplish that purpose, and God will succeed.

Think about how Joseph went through many different ups and downs of both good and bad. In the end he stated that it was God’s purpose to get him where he needed to be to help others out. God is working the same way in your life today.

Are you willing to trust that God is in control? Are you willing to trust that God will not allow anything bad to happen that is not there to help you in the long run?

Know that you are predestined by God to be like Jesus. You are to speak, act and look like Him. Do not be discouraged then when things get touch in life. Know that it is really for your good. God will use it.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know His purpose for your life; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that you will allow God to use all situations to make you more like Jesus.

Romans 8:18 Not Worth Comparing

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Paul had just finished talking about every believer being a co-heir with Christ Jesus. A co-heir is one who will inherit everything alongside of someone else. The main thing that a believer will inherit is His glory. Then he points out that all the suffering a person may be going through is not worth comparing to the glory we will have.

When a person is going through any type of suffering, it always seems like the world has crashed down around them. Everything has failed and that there is no hope. It feels like nothing could be worse.

Yet, here you are being told that all those sufferings are not even worth comparing to what God has in store for you. Imagine the glory that God must have! He created everything that you see (and don’t see). As you look around the world, there are many things that are full of glory in nature, that are fabulously beautiful. If those things are so beautiful here in this fallen, sinful world, how much more beautiful are they in heaven?

If those things are glorious here, how much more glorious is the God who made them all?

Now, remember that he said that you are co-heirs with Christ and will inherit all of His glory also someday. The sufferings you may be going through are just temporary. They will only last a short time…even if they last your entire life, in light of eternity.

Everything that happens in this life is to point you towards Jesus and to make you more like Him. This includes that horrible suffering that you are going through. Yet, when you hold those sufferings up against the glory of God and what you inherit in Jesus, they are really nothing at all. It is like comparing apples to oranges, it should not be done since they are completely different types of fruit.

Look forward to the joy that God will give you some day when you fully inherit all that God has and is. Look forward to when you will be completely like Jesus. Do not just look at the here and now present sufferings. Find joy in what is to come. Allow God to prepare you for your inheritance some day.

I pray today that you will know the glory of God more; that God will give you strength in your time of suffering; that you will not complain of your suffering; that God will use you to touch others for Jesus; and that God will bring you through all suffering.

Romans 8:5 How Do You Live?

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires: but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5

How a person lives is a visual showing of what his mind is focused upon. What the mind is focused upon is a sign of what is important to a person.

In the business world, successful business people always talk about having a vision and a plan to meet that vision. With those things it will happen. If a person has his mind on having fun and relaxing, that is all that will happen and will not get any work accomplished.

Paul talks about living to the flesh or to the Spirit. Both show where the mind is focused.

Living for the flesh is the living for the here and now. It is focused on immediate pleasure. This is what the world is doing. They want pleasure and they want it right now. They will say do not put of pleasure till tomorrow. This is sinful selfishness and does not look at what God wants.

Those who live according to the Spirit are seeking what God wants in their lives. They are not seeking to please themselves but to please God. Their focus is on how to live for God. It is focused on serving God and reaching others for Jesus.

When your mind is focused on Jesus, you will not be focused on doing anything sinful. You will be able to resist the temptations that come your way. When Jesus was in the desert fasting He was able to easily resist the devil since He had been focused on God and His Word, not on the hunger and thirst He was feeling, the flesh.

How are you living today? Are you living to get your own pleasure or even someone else’s pleasure? Or are you living to please God?

What is your mind focused on? Is it focused on your own physical desires? Or is it focused on the desires of God for you and others? Be led by the Holy Spirit in everything you do.

I pray today that you will live according to the Holy Spirit; that you will know the direction the Holy Spirit is leading you; that you will not seek sinful desires of the flesh; and that your heart and mind will follow God.

Romans 8:1-2 No Condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 7:1-2

Believers feel a lot of self-condemnation when they sin. They look at themselves as worthless, horrible sinners that can never get things right. The longer a person is a believer, the more this belief can set in.

Will believers sin? Yes, because they are sinful humans that Jesus is saving and changing.

Yet, when you are in Christ Jesus, you are not being condemned for the sin. Being in Christ Jesus means that you are striving to be like Him. You are willing to accept what He has done and is doing for you. You love and obey Him as much as is within your knowledge and abilities.

Very often, believers are only half-heartedly following Jesus. They follow Him on Sundays and forget about Him the rest of the week. They will then feel the hard conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives for the sinful life they are living.

This is not condemnation, but conviction. It is God trying to get you back onto the right path. The devil will use it to condemn you. He will try to tell you that Jesus did not really forgive you and will not forgive you anymore because of your sin.

Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit to set you free from that condemnation and the bondage of sin and death.

Keep your heart open to the leading of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide you into His truth and right ways.

Are you willing to follow the Holy Spirit? Are you willing to obey Jesus?

As you follow the Holy Spirit and obey Jesus, you will not be condemned. There is no longer any judgment against you that will stand up before God. You have been set free.

Live the free life Jesus has given you. Live to follow and obey Jesus. Live to be more like Jesus. Trust His forgiveness and power to keep you.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus does not condemn you; that you will reject the condemnation of the devil; and that you will obey the convictions of the Holy Spirit.