Romans 13:12 The Night Is Almost Over

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Without a vision or hope for the future, people only see today. They struggle with seeing that there is a new day coming, in which things will be different.

With not being able to see tomorrow, many want to live life up today. They want to eat, drink and be merry today, because there is no tomorrow. Enjoying life in the moment with no cares for the next day is the common thought for many.

Paul says that the night is nearly over and day is coming. With that in mind, people are to put off the things of darkness and put on the clothing of light.

As believers look around them, often all they see is extreme darkness and sin. Communities around them are promoting sin and sinful activities more and more. The world appears to be black as ever, with no hope of the light of a new day.

Going through a physical night, it is always the darkest right before the sun arises on the horizon. During this time of darkness, day may feel like it will never come, but it will and does.

Although the world appears to be as dark as ever, believers have the hope of a new day, a new life coming. It is only a short matter of time before Jesus returns and a new day has begun.

Knowing this, believers are to put off the sinful deeds of darkness and sin. As the world steps deeper into sin, the believer should be leaving behind the life of sin. He is to put on God’s armor of light and live a holy and righteous life before God and man. This keeps him ready for the new day that is coming.

God has called you out of a life of darkness of sin and death into His life of light and righteousness. Though you live in a dark and sinful world, you are to be separate with the hope that is in you.

Do not give up living a righteous life before God, because the new day is coming when sin and suffering will be done away with. Hold on to the hope that God has placed in you, knowing you will win with God in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will see the day of Jesus’ return coming; that you will turn to God away from sin; and that you will put on God’s armor of light.

Romans 10:9 Are You Saved?

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

All over the world there are people who understand the concept of claiming something and believing in it. Motivational speakers will talk about how one must claim something, believe it and than see it actually occur.

Often this is done to motivate one’s own self to accomplish some difficult or crazy task or to attempt something new. This belief will come from the core of the person’s heart, giving him strength to overcome any obstacles, but it is always done by self alone.

The overall message that Paul was proclaiming to the people was that one has to declare that Jesus is Lord, believe that He was raised from the dead and he would be saved.

People around the world see the many troubles and struggles that this world has. Many do not see any hope in things changing or getting better.

Some will try to do good things in order to satisfy themselves that they are worth it and maybe some good will come about. In the process of doing this, many are trying to earn their way into heaven.

God does not allow for people to ‘earn’ their way into heaven. There is no sliding scale as to who did enough to get into heaven. It is the same for every person, regardless of who he is, where he came from or what he did.

The first thing a person must do is make a statement that Jesus is Lord. This is that Jesus is the Master, Absolute Controller of his life. In doing this, one will also repent from and turn away from all sin.

Then he must believe that Jesus rose from the dead to save him. Once these things are done, God will save him from his sins.

If you have not made the choice to believe in Jesus, today is the day to do it. Take time to read through the bible and see who God is and who Jesus is.

See the truth of God’s word. Instead of seeking things of this world, that will fade away and fall apart, seek God.

Turn from your sins, repent, and declare that Jesus is Lord of your life. Believe that He rose from the dead and will save you.

Are you saved today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make Jesus your Lord; that you will believe Jesus rose from the dead; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will know that Jesus is saving you today.

Romans 3:23 Everyone Has Failed

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

The majority of people, all over the world, feel that overall they are a good person. Most often this is because they have not done anything extremely bad against the law or others.

People can come up with a list of things that they have done well and a longer list of things that they have never done making them look good. No one wants to be known as having failed or is failing in any area of their life. They only want the good to be seen and recognized.

Paul points out that there is no difference between the Jew and the gentile, because every one has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God.

Since God had created the earth, everything in it and every one on it, He can make the rules as to what people can and cannot do. Along with making those rules, He can also set what the consequences are for breaking those rules.

The breaking of the rules is what the bible calls–sin. Every person on this earth has sinned at least once against God, regardless of how good one is. Very few people could ever say that they have never told a lie, or never cursed someone, or coveted something someone else had. These are just a few of the most common sins.

At the moment of committing a sin, one has fallen away from the glory of God and has a death sentence upon his head as a consequence for that sin. It has nothing to do with how good a person is or what he good he has done, he sinned.

In His great love and mercy, God sent Jesus to die on the cross for each and every person who has sinned. All a person needs to do is repent of those sins and believe in Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.

Just as everyone else has sinned you have sinned against God in your life. Because of those sins, you have a death sentence. If you have not already done so, take a moment right now to repent of those sins. That means be sorry for them and turn away from them.

Accept the forgiveness and life that Jesus offers. He is willing and able to forgive you, when you repent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will turn away from all sins towards God; and that you will believe in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.

Romans 1:14-15 Are You Eager To Spread The Gospel?

I am obligated to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. Romans 1:14-15

Any person who has really good news is always eager to pass it on to others around him. Those who have good news that can help others are also eager to pass it on to anyone and everyone that they can.

Car salesmen often seem very eager to sell a person some new car. To the salesperson it is the best thing on the market and everyone needs it right now.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, tells them that he is obligated to everyone, regardless of who they are. He is very eager to preach the gospel to everyone in Rome.

All over the world people are seeking for and desiring life, a long life. Very few actually want to die. The sad part is that the answer to eternal life is available, but many do not get to hear about.

The person who has heard the gospel and accepted it, believing in Jesus for forgiveness of sins and gaining eternal life, now has the greatest news of all time. However, many believers do not pass that information, that great news on. They hold that great news to themselves, not wanting to sound preachy or pushy.

Since the believer has the greatest news of all time, he should be very eager to pass that news on, to allow every person a chance at having eternal life. Each and every day the believer will have opportunities to tell someone about Jesus.

Doing this is showing the greatest love to a person that can be shown. Not telling a person about Jesus is showing hatred towards that person.

Every day you get opportunities to talk to various people. What is the first thing that you want to talk about?

Allow God to put His love in your heart for the people so that you will desire and be eager to tell them about Jesus. Despite all the important things that can be talked about in life, nothing is more important than the salvation of a soul.

Be eager to tell others about Jesus. Seek opportunities to tell more and more people about Him. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more people can choose to follow Him and have eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s heart of love towards all people; that you will tell as many as possible about Jesus; that you will be eager to tell people about Jesus; and that God will save many people through your message.