Romans 10:3 Submit To God’s Righteousness

 

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Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3

Paul talked about the Israelites were very zealous for God. They wanted to be God’s people, so they sought out how to be righteous before God on their own. They would not submit to the righteousness of God–that is Jesus.

All over the world there are many people who claim to believe in God. They are quick to say that they have a belief in God. Many will say that they believe that they will get into heaven.

When asked why they will get into heaven, many will say because they are a good person, never killed anyone and believe in God. They believe that their own works will get them into heaven.

Many in the church believe in the same way, they believe that they are righteous because of what they do. They go to church, read the bible, and are a good person.

Both are looking at salvation by their own personal works. Yet, getting into heaven is impossible for anyone apart from Jesus. He is the one who is righteous and makes a person righteous.

Others will believe in Jesus, but will add that a person must do certain things to get into heaven. If they do not read five chapters of the bible everyday, memorize a bunch of scripture, go to church every Sunday, then they are not saved. In the same way they are trying to make themselves righteous.

Every person needs the righteousness of Jesus in his life. Only Jesus is perfectly righteous and He extends that righteousness to every one who believes in Him and submits to Him.

As a believer, you must be willing to submit to God’s righteousness in Jesus and then strive to live like He did. You do the works to prove your submission to Jesus, but not to earn your salvation or righteousness. Love God, by doing what He wants and fleeing all sin, not by earning your salvation.

Trust that Jesus is making you righteous before God. He has removed your sins and makes you clean. Do not try to establish your own righteousness, you will fall short in the end.

Everything you do should be out of belief in Jesus and what He has done for you. Submit today and know His salvation and righteousness.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness Jesus provides; that you will not seek to earn your salvation; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you. 

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Romans 3:20 The Purpose Of The Law

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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. Romans 3:20

People have a love/hate relationship with the law. They like the law because it gives boundaries and tells them what they can and cannot do. Yet, they hate the law for the very same reason that it tells them what they can and cannot do. People want to have complete freedom to do whatever they want to do.

Some people are the strict rule followers. They will strive to never break the law in any way. They pride themselves in being a rule follower. They are also very quick to point out to someone else when that person has broken a law. The list of laws seems to go on forever.

Others will pride themselves in being a rule breaker. They feel as though the law is not for them or that they are above the law.

These types of actions will also be found in the church. Some churches will have a long list of laws to follow in order to be a ‘good’ Christian believer. They like to show where people are at fault in breaking God’s law. Some will strive to live under the Old Testament law, claiming to be a good Christian by doing what God has said to do.

Yet, the law was not there for the purpose of action. Without a law there cannot be any breaking of the law. Without the law, there cannot be any sin. It was put in place to help a person become conscious of sin in his life.

Following the law will not make a person righteous before God. Once a person sins, there is only one thing left, and that is death. The law cannot take away sin. This puts a need in the person’s life for God to step in and provide salvation through Jesus Christ.

You may be one who prides yourself in following God’s laws. You may do it a little or a lot, however, it is not about the law. Everything is about the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

As you look at the law, realize how sinful you really are. Notice how much you deserve punishment. Then turn to Jesus and find His grace and mercy to forgive you of your sins.

I pray today that God will reveal the sin in your life; that you will turn to Jesus for forgiveness; that you will know the purpose of God’s law in your life; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides.

Romans 1:14 An Obligation To Everyone

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I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Romans 1:14

Paul talks about he is striving come and see the Romans. He wants to bring the gospel message to them in person. He then tells them that he has an obligation to everyone.

In this world people do not like to have an obligation to someone else. An obligation is a requirement of a person to do something to, for, or with someone else. Each person wants to be his own person and free to do what he wants, when he wants on his own, thus does not like having an obligation.

Obligations are often seen in contracts. People do not want to be tied to a binding contract with another person. They want their freedom. They want a contract with no requirements or obligations for in the future.

When a person is obligated to another person, he may feel tied to him. People do not want to be tied down and required to do something.

Believers often have the same feelings. There are times that they are obligated to do something in or outside the church and they don’t want to do it.

One area that every believer has an obligation in is to tell others about Jesus. Jesus gave that command to every person who follows Him. Paul had shown this by his statement. Every person on this earth is either a Greek or a non-Greek, wise or foolish. Paul felt the responsibility to every person.

Believers have the responsibility to tell others about Jesus. This responsibility is their obligation to every person. Some of those people will be wise and listen. Others will be foolish and reject listening. Yet, the obligation to tell them about Jesus remains the same.

You have the same obligation as Paul did. Every person you meet is either a Greek or a non-Greek, a wise or foolish person. You have a duty to tell that person about Jesus. Give every person you meet a chance to accept or reject Jesus. Do not make the decision for them.

You also have the obligation to follow the commands of Jesus–go and tell the gospel to all of the world. You may not have to travel around the world, but you can travel around your community. Fulfill your obligation.

I pray today that you will find people to tell about Jesus; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that you will fulfill your obligation to others and God; and that many will believe in Jesus through your message.

Acts 28:23 Try To Persuade

 

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They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. Acts 28:23

Paul had been taken as a prisoner to Rome because of his preaching about Jesus. God had a plan to bring the gospel message to the people of Rome through Paul. Once he was there, even though under house arrest, he was given opportunities to talk to people about Jesus. He did all he could to persuade them to believe in Jesus.

When a person believes in something very strongly, he will do what he can to get others to agree with him on it. This is especially true if it is something that is good for a person. All over people are trying to sell some product saying it is the best for a person’s health. Movies are talked about all the time as though they are the best thing in the world to see. Every car dealership has a salesman who tries to tell everyone that they need to get a new car today.

While all of these things may be good, they are also only temporary. There is one thing that every person needs that is eternal–Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can offer forgiveness and eternal life to a person.

Many believers do not talk a lot about Jesus in the public place. Some don’t because they feel it is a private thing. Others don’t out of fear, fear of rejection or fear of ridicule.

Telling other people about Jesus should be the first priority of every believer. Focusing on striving to persuade a person to believe in Jesus is important. This gives people eternal life.

Each day you get up, make it your priority to tell someone about Jesus. Strive to persuade a person that He is exactly what he needs. Every person needs salvation through Jesus.

Tell people why you believe. Tell people how Jesus has changed your life. Tell them what He has done in your life. Persuade them to believe.

Some will reject it, but others will accept your message. Give every person a chance to accept or reject Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will draw people to Jesus through you; and that you will not fear telling people about Jesus. 

Acts 27:11 Who To Listen To

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“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” Acts 27:11

Paul had been taken captive as a prisoner and was on board a ship full of prisoners headed to Rome. They stopped at a port and were getting ready to move on. Paul had a feeling from God that they should wait to move on, that if they did, the trip would have a lot of problems. They chose to not listen to Paul and went anyways. Later the ship was destroyed and they were shipwrecked on an island.

When a person needs advice there are instantly a thousand voices ready to offer advice and be heard. People everywhere have an opinion on how things should happen. Most of those people mean well in giving their advice. They are not trying to cause problems or harm.

Some of those people have a lot of experience in the area being dealt with. While others have very little or just book knowledge of experience in that area. Yet, people want to give their opinion and advice on how to deal with the situation.

The problem comes in that most of the world uses advice from a short-term, limited view of the full situation. It is all the person can see in the moment.

Believers can have a longer, more clear view of what is occurring, because God can guide them more perfectly. God sees what is ahead better than any person can see or know on his own.

God had put it in Paul’s spirit that there would be trouble ahead if they continued the journey. Later on there was great trouble and the ship and cargo was lost.

There will be times when you need to know what to do next. You will need advice on how to proceed in life. While it is good to ask advice from friends and people, it is best to seek God’s direction. When you ask of friends, try to make sure it is coming from a Godly perspective and not just the world.

It may make sense to move forward as the world will say, but there will be times God will say stay in place and wait. He sees the storms ahead and is there to protect you.

So who are you getting advice from?

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions in your life; that you will seek God first for all directions; that you will move in the direction God points you; and that you will know the path God has for you. 

Acts 26:22 No Extra Words

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But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–Acts 26:22

Paul had been put in captivity for preaching the gospel message. While there he appealed to Caesar, rather than be judged in a lower court. He stood before King Agrippa and stated that he said nothing beyond what has already been said by the prophets and Moses, so was therefore innocent.

When a person is trying to convince someone of something, he will often present every piece of information he can. In the process, many people will add information that is not true to build the case. They use extra words in order to convince others that they are correct.

If the person that is trying to be convinced is not paying attention, he will be convinced. However, many will pay attention and realize the false statements being made or notice when things do not line up correctly in the statements.

There are believers who strive very hard to convince people to believe in Jesus or to follow a principle of the bible. In the process, there are times they use arguments that are not from the Bible and are not truth. Some believe in Christian slogans, that cannot be found in the Bible.

It has been seen many times on television, speakers who claim that a person will be blessed if they purchase a certain item from the ministry. Or if they give a certain amount of money to the ministry, there will be a sudden amount of money given back to them.

These are extra words that God never directly stated in the Bible. In the process of proclaiming God’s word, a person must be careful to keep his words true to God’s word. The gospel message is very simple and is what the entire Old Testament points to.

As you speak to people about God or Jesus, make sure that the words you use are what God’s word says. Do not try to add anything extra. When you speak extra words, you take a chance of going off track from God’s word. Allow God’s word to be active and alive in the lives and hearts of others. You cannot give more than what God has already given. Stay true to God’s word.

I pray today that you will know what the Bible says; that you will speak the true gospel message to people; that God will give you the words to say; and that many will know Jesus through the message you speak.

Acts 23:5 Watch What You Say

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Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'” Acts 23:5

Paul had been taken in for preaching the gospel message and was being questioned. Ananias, the high priest, requested that Paul be struck for what he was saying. Paul yells at him for commanding that he be struck. Someone then stand amazed that Paul insulted the high priest. Immediately Paul apologizes, because he knows he is not supposed to speak evil about any ruler.

In America, there is freedom of speech and many people will use to the point of abuse. When there is a leader who they do not like, there are often words being spoken against that leader. These words are not only against the leader, but also insulting and degrading.

Comedians will cut down leaders in a negative, rude way. People will curse their leaders on a regular basis, and link the leader to Satan. This can happen to leaders of the nation or just a leader in the workplace. In the break room, there are many times people are cursing their boss or some other manager, because of a decision that was made.

People in the church have not been much better. There is often talk that cuts down the pastor or some other leader in the church. Instead of showing love, people will bash leaders in the world.

None of these actions are the ways of God. God wants love to be shown. God wants people to be lifted up, not cut down.

One may not agree with the leader, but that does not require speaking evil of and cursing the person. God has placed every leader in position for a reason, regardless of how good or bad the person is. Trust in God’s decision must be in place.

When you are in disagreement with a leader, you must be willing to pray for that person. Show love and mercy to that person. Do not stand there and cut the person down before others. You can express disagreement, without insulting the leader.

In a time of much unrest and hate of leadership, seek God to give you the words to speak. Find words of love and building up, rather than insulting and cutting down. Watch your words so that you can draw people to Jesus, not run them away.

I pray today that you will speak as Jesus spoke; that your words will be words of love and building up; that you will show proper respect for all leaders; and that your words will draw people to Jesus.