February 21, 2017

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

For the wages of sin is death. If the verse stopped there then there would be no hope for anyone. However there are always two words that bring hope in any situation that seems hopeless. Those two words are ‘but God’. When God comes on the scene everything changes and darkness turns into light and death is transformed into life. Look at how these two words changed hopelessness into hope for the following people.

Noah > Genesis 8:1 (NLT) — 1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.

Abraham & Sarah> Genesis 17:19 (NLT) — 19 But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.

Lot > Genesis 19:29 (NLT) — 29 But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.

Hagar > Genesis 21:17 (NLT) — 17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.

Jacob > Genesis 31:5,7,24,29 (NLT) — 5 He said to them, “I have noticed that your father’s attitude toward me has changed. But the God of my father has been with me. 7 but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm.

Joseph > Genesis 50:20 (NLT) — 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

God’s people >2 Chronicles 20:15 (NLT) — 15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

David > Psalm 54:4 (NLT) — 4 But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive!

Jesus > Acts 3:15 (NLT) — 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

Joseph > Acts 7:9 (NLT) — 9 “These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him

Us > Romans 5:8 (NLT) — 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Epaphroditas > Philippians 2:27 (NLT) — 27 And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.

No matter what comes down the road of life today or tomorrow or next month or next year; remember these two words > But God! He is the life changer.

Be Inspired Hilltop!








  1. Mark Gundersen says

    God is the third strand in the unbreakable cord.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says

    These last two days I have been pondering why the translators of the NLT inserted the word “free ” into this verse. After all a gift is free so it’s redundant to say free gift. I looked up the verse in my BLB app and the word free is not in there. As I thought about it I realized that in our world today gifts often come with strings attached. They are rarely ever free. Even the recipient often thinks that he or she must reciprocate with something. In this case the gift really is free…we don’t deserve it, didn’t and can’t earn it, can’t ever repay what God did for us. We can only receive it with joy and thanksgiving. Yes..our world, our culture needs to know this gift is truly free.