Romans 7:4 Die To The Law To Bear Fruit

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4

Most people on the earth desire freedom from some law or another. Very few people like to have restrictions placed upon them, though most get used to having those restrictions.

People like to do what they want, when they want and how they want. They will break the law in order to do what they desire.

Paul tells the people that, in Christ, they have died to the law so that they may bear fruit for God.

It is common for some believers to push talking about the law. They are quick to point out what a person can and cannot do as they follow the letter of the law.

Others in the church are the exact opposite. They point out that they have died to the law, so they don’t have to follow the law. In doing this, they often live in purposeful sin.

Dying to the law is a person who is no longer following the law in order to be saved, but obeying the law because of his great love for God and people. The more a person strives to obey the law in his own power, the more he realizes that he cannot do it. Only in Christ can a person obey the law of God.

Once a person dies to the law to be saved, he is free to be able to do more for God, bearing fruit. His heart is no longer focused on trying to be saved, but knows he is and lives that way doing the work for God.

At the moment you repented and believed in Jesus, you were saved from sin. You do not have to do any special works in obeying the law to be saved.

Now as a believer, you have to do works because of what God has done for you and out of love for Him. Focus your attention on doing what God wants you to do, and you will not have time to disobey His law and sin. As you bear fruit for God, you will not walk in sin.

God has more for you to do, than sin has for you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be free to be His witness on this earth; that you will know you are saved by faith in Christ Jesus; and that you will obey God out of love, not to earn salvation.

Acts 21:13 What Are You Willing To Do For Jesus?

Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13

Some people are willing to go the extra mile for someone else, even if it means pain and suffering in the process, though only a few will be willing to go to their death.

Many in the world are quick to do the extra hard things for a boss in the workplace, though often for selfish reasons. Good parents are willing to put their own desires aside in order to help their child out.

As Paul was getting ready to go to Jerusalem, he was warned not to go and that he would be bound up. Paul said he was willing to be bound or even die if necessary for Jesus in Jerusalem.

As Jesus left the earth, He gave all believers the command to be His witness. He also promised that they would have troubles in the process.

While some people will treat a witness kindly, there are many others who will fight them, both physically and with words. The world, as a whole, is against the gospel message and will do whatever it takes to stop it.

Every follower of Jesus has a message that the world needs to hear, no matter what the cost it is to get that message out. People are dying daily without ever hearing the message of salvation. Many won’t give that message because they could be persecuted.

Instead of running in fear because of persecution, the believer must be willing to look towards the eternal future of his own life and the lives of others. The suffering of this life is only temporary in light of eternity. The message needs to be continually spread at all costs.

Jesus went to the cross to provide salvation for you. In the past many believers died passing on the gospel message so that you could hear it today. Someone took a risk of persecution in getting the gospel message to you.

There is someone, or many people, in this world that need to hear that gospel message and you have the ability to bring it to them. Instead of living in fear of persecution and being quite, be willing to go out and spread the message that the world needs to hear.

What are you willing to do?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will spread the gospel message of the salvation of Jesus to everyone you can; that God will remove fear of suffering and persecution for the gospel message; and that many will come to Jesus through your words and actions.

Hebrews 9:27-28 Are You Waiting For Him?

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Every person on the earth knows that their time on earth is limited and that there is coming a day when they will die. For most people this brings about fear. They do not know what to expect after death.

In not knowing what to expect, they live in fear of death and the future.

The author of Hebrews points out how everyone is destined to die, but points to a future hope that some will have. Anyone who is waiting for Christ’s return, is looking forward to the salvation He will bring.

Although believers will die, just like every other person on the earth, they can have a completely different view of death then every one else. The believer who understands the forgiveness and grace of Jesus, will have a hope that no one else can understand or know.

Their hope is in knowing the purpose Jesus forgave them of all of their sins. That very purpose is to save them and bring them into heaven to live eternally with God.

In order to gain that salvation, one must believe and be waiting for His return. There are some in the church who claim to believe, but are working to earn their salvation, not trusting Jesus. Others are living a double life, going to church on Sunday, but living like the world the rest of the week. These are people who are not waiting and looking for His return.

Everyone who is not waiting for Jesus, will miss Him when He does return.

When Jesus died and rose again, He did that so that you may know His love, forgiveness and receive the salvation He will provide. It was not just for everyone else, but you also are included.

As you live your temporary life here on this earth, do not forget to keep watch and waiting for His return. Know that as you trust and wait for Him, He will return some day to complete the salvation that He started in you.

You have the hope of eternal life in you, don’t quit waiting for its completion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know the hope of salvation Jesus will bring; that you will patiently wait for His return; and that you will live in hope of eternal life with God some day.

Romans 14:8 What Is Your Purpose In Life?

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8

All over the world, people are searching for their purpose in life. They want to know why they are there and what they are to do.

Some will find their purpose and reject it. Others will find that purpose and pursue it with everything in them. Many will never find that purpose. Never really knowing what they are to do, they just wander through life, lost.

As Paul points out that all foods are good to eat, he also points out that each person is to live or die for the Lord.

Without God in the picture, man has no real purpose on this earth. He lives for a short time, eats, drinks, works, and then dies. It is all over, with no lasting purpose.

The world has no real, solid standard to live by, anything goes. With no standard, there can be no purpose.

God made man for fellowship with Him and with others. He has set the rules for living a full, worthwhile, purposeful life. Every person can have a life that is full of meaning and purpose, beyond anything that this world can offer.

The life of a believer is to be lived for God in life and in death, in everything that one does. Jesus came to bring life to every person. He bought their lives with His blood, thus every person belongs to Him. Most, however, do not know that.

Sadly, many believers do not fully realize that they belong to Christ. They live their lives trying to please themselves and others. Living for God means that one will do everything he does for God and by God’s methods. He does not live for self or others.

As a believer, you also are to live for God in all that you do. Examine your life and see what your real purpose is in this life. See if it is for self or for God.

Seek God to find out what His purpose in this life. Then pursue that purpose and really live for God in every area of your life. This is turning from all sin, then becoming His witness and making disciples as you worship God with all of your life. This is the same purpose as what Jesus had.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that God will open doors for you to do His will; and that you will be a witness for Jesus everywhere you go.