Friday April 12
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse." Romans 12:14
Scissors please! Surely the word "out" was omitted after the word "Bless"... I mean, they deserve what they get (he he he - bring it on!)! While I'm being humerous, as a defence, the truth is we will never win those people to the Lord unless we do bless instead of curse. And we have the power to do that.
Thursday April 11
" I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. " Romans 11:13-14
In other words - "I want what you got!" I want people to envy my faith and the results of it in my life. I want to wear my faith daily in such a way that people not only envy it, but they also ask me how to get the same for their lives...that is good evangelism!
Wednesday April 10
" How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? " Romans 10:14
Can you imagine someone with whom we have had contact on some sort of regular basis dying, and telling God that the reason he was not a Christian was because we didn't share the Gospel with them? How can they believe unless they hear the message. Notice Paul says "hear" - which requires speech on our part. Its part of the expectation of being a follower of Jesus - to share.
Tuesday April 9
"What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?" Romans 9:22
God has patience that is beyond human...if He didn't. the world would probably not be here any longer. God has withheld His anger and wrath, even though so many deserve destruction. He is a loving God, as well as a just God. We (Christians) are the salt of the earth...we are preserving the earth...because of God's love for us, He has withheld His wrath on the earth and those who refuse (so far) to follow Him.
Monday April 8
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37
Recent years have brought many movies about Marvel comics heroes. They all have some special powers which enable them to be conquerors over evil, no matter how strong that evil character seemed to be. Paul says we are more than conquerors - not just conquerors . As super conquerors, our special power comes from the Holy Spirit, whose power is far greater than our archenemy, satan. When Jesus said He would not leave us alone but would send One whom would live within us, it wasn't just for companionship! He gave us the Holy Spirit, whose power we need to be conquerors over satan and his evil. Use the resource that God gave you!