June 24/Romans 8

This chapter is so full of Good News that it would be beneficial to read it at least once a month. When things don’t seem to be going well read it. When you have doubts about your standing with God or his love for you, or whether you really are his son or daughter read it. When you are wondering if you can overcome a particularly stubborn sin read it. If you think the is something the could ever take God’s love away from you read it.

Verse 1 > Jesus was condemned on the cross for our sin therefore we who believe in Jesus will never be condemned for those sins! This would be a good place to say, “Thank you Jesus!”

Verse 2 > We are free from the power of sin! Read this, memorize this, meditate on this until you believe it. Right believing will lead to right behaving. What you believe to be true about yourself will come out in your actions.

Proverbs 23:7 (AV) — 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

Verse 3 > The law cannot save, it can only condemn.

Verse 4 > One has to be perfect to satisfy the law. The only one who was perfect was Jesus. He gave us his perfect record when we repented of our sins, turned to God and believed in Jesus.

Verses 5-6 > Controlling your thinking has a lot to do with controlling your doing. The body goes where the mind has already been. What ever you end up doing you first thought about it. That is why we say, “What were they thinking” when someone does something hurtful or bizarre. Or a lot of times we will say, “What was I thinking.”

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) — 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Verses 7-8 > Now you know why someone can walk into a night club and kill 50 people.

Verses 9-13 > Jesus gives us the same power he had to overcome sin > The Holy Spirit. We must yield our bodies to Him. Each day we can say something like this > “I am not obligated sin. Sin has no power over me. I am a child of God. I am holy and righteous. Holy Spirit help me today.” Over time we will see changes in our behavior.

Example: The motor on a fan does the work of turning the fan blades; however the electricity is what gives the motor the power to do its job. We do the behaving but it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to behave rightly. We must plug into Him by acknowledging Him in our lives, daily even hourly.

Verse 14 > God wasn’t just satisfied to just save us from the penalty of sin, He wants us as His children!

Verse 15 > We don’t have to fear God because he totally loves us. He proved this by sending his son to die for us on the cross. When we recieve what Jesus has done and believe on him we are God’s sons.  We can’t do anything to have him love us more or love us less! This perfect love casts out fear of him. He is our loving heavenly Father.

Verse 16 > If someone wonders if they are truly saved I always ask them what they call God. They ought to be able to call Him Father. If they can’t then they don’t have the witness of the Holy Spirit. They then need to repent of their sins, turn to God and believe in Jesus.
Acts 20:21 (NLT) — 21 I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

Verses 17-25 > Sin has wrecked everything even creation. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes are the affects of sin causing the earth to groan. But praise God one day he is going to set everything right!

Verse 31 > If God is for us it doesn’t matter who is against us.

Verse 32 > Because God gave his best to us in his son, it proves that He will continue to do what is best for us from this moment on into eternity.

Verse 34 > When satan accuses us before God of being sinners and bringing up our past or present sins, Jesus is right there as living proof that he died for our sins and indeed we have right standing with God. Pleading means that Jesus represnts us before the Father proving that we are innocent of sin by the blood Jesus shed for us. No matter what the accusation is our record is clean because of our faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross on our behalf.

Verses 35-39 > This chapter started out with no condemnation and it ends with no condemnation. From start to finish with Jesus Christ we will not be condemned!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Nothing can separate us from the love of God. The Holy Spirit will give us the power to resist sin. The Son will be our advocate when Satan condemns us of our failings. With that trinity on our side who can ever stand against us?