Good morning. I hope you will join me tonight for our continued study in the book of Revelation @ 7:00 p.m. AND Friday @ 7:00 p.m. for open bible study and questions – Go to jesus-place.org. Now onto the morning devo.
It’s lunch break – I’m lying on the bed in my room in Cambodia in 2012 listening to Christian music to relax and meditate on my relationship with the Lord. While listening to the song Forgiven by Sanctus Real I contemplate what an honor it is from God to help these precious people know God and His word better. There are about 35 students in the seminar. All of them are former Buddhists or Muslims. I am trying to help these newer Christians understand the loving grace of God and the forgiveness of their sins in Christ. It is difficult because their religious background’s based on earning their salvation thru good works. And, while I am teaching them God’s word, God’s word is teaching me because the truth is that we all struggle at times as we contemplate our own forgiveness. Sometimes we need to repent but many times we beat ourselves up unnecessarily. That song on forgiveness hit me in the heart. Then, this morning, that song played on Pandora – I thought this is a great day to read Romans 5:1-11; 6:23; 8:1,9-17 and listen to a great song on forgiveness. Maybe you need to be forgiven. Maybe you want to talk to a guy who’s been way out there and loves helping people come to know Jesus better. Please contact me if I can ever help – It’s what I live for.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.