On the eve of my second Mother’s Day without a living momma, I’m being made stronger than I’ve ever been by the teachings in Saint Paul’s letter to the Roman Church. The Holy Spirit grouped me with women believers who shared testimonies of faith in BSF classes, while we studied Romans over 29 lessons. The experience is changing me! I would rather see a sermon any day instead of hearing one and BSF gives me authentic living witnesses.
The gospel transforms all people who believe! All people means every Nation, every tribe, every tongue during every time in history. It’s all of us! All of humanity! It’s not multiple races of people living on Planet Earth. There are different ethnic groups and cultures but it’s only one race – The Human Race. We All Are Related! “For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11
What am I learning from studying Romans? First Three of Ten Things …
1) Time Waits 4 No One! My salvation, my justification, my sanctification were all secured by the high bounty of Jesus’ Passion. Believing in a resurrected Redeemer is an action and reaction. It doesn’t mean, I can kick back, prop up my feet, act like I’m rich and famous and talk about how saved I am. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
2) With every breath pray for enduring preserving faith. Stay in the present. Yesterday is gone forever and fear is the future. Only in the present is there action and reaction. In order to overcome my fears, I have to face them. Look them square in the eye and learn to fish. Cutting bait, quitting, giving up, walking off aren’t options when believing in Jesus. “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'” Romans 1:17
3) Hold on to unshakable hope with all my strength, mind, heart and body. We all have two wolves inside of us. One wolf is mean-spirited, sharp tongued, vindictive, scheming, plotting, lying, manipulative, spiteful, angry, disappointed, lonely, bitter, angry, self-righteous, selfish and jealous with feelings of entitlement. The other wolf is kind, generous, thoughtful, humble and practices discernment. The wolf we feed is the wolf people see. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit enables us to feed the humble and kind wolf. On our own without salvation we can only feed the ravenous wolf snared in life’s traps of sex, self, silver and sloth. “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.'” Romans 3:10-11
To Be Continued In Next Blog …