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Romans 10:4 ” Christ is the end of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

Jesus Christ came to earth and died on the Cross to fulfill the demands of the Law.  He freed us from the impossible observances of those Laws…giving us instead His perfect Law that offers freedom from sin and guilt.  For anyone who puts their faith and trust in Jesus…the old Law-keeping vanishes, as the new covenant is activated in their heart.

Romans 14:13 ” Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”

The Apostle Paul wasn’t speaking to non-Believers in this passage.  Rather, he was directing the faithful to stop judging one another.  You probably know someone who has been deeply wounded at Church by some hyper-critical  Carnal Christian, and now because of that, has turned their back totally on Christianity and anything to do with God.  For them, they can only see hypocrisy in fellow Believers that should be showing the love of Jesus…but instead are negative and critical.  Such Carnal Christians are a hindrance and a barrier to the Gospel Message.

We’ve got to live: Keeping His Gospel in view.

What’s on your calendar this coming week?  If it’s like most, you’ll be busy with meetings at work, kid’s  sports practices and music lessons, and maybe some volunteer work.  So my question to you is,  how can you bring the Gospel into the center of your hectic week?  The Lord has charged us with the duty of proclaiming the Gospel to others. (Romans 15:16)  He also insists that we not be ashamed of declaring the Gospel. (Romans 1:16)   So how can we bring God into the picture in a non-preachy way?  Sometimes,  it’s by what we not do.  Our greatest impact for the Lord could be by not joining in the gossip mill at work…by not  degrading co-workers or referees, or by not using bad language in front of children.  By simply encouraging others rather than discouraging them,  you’ll be speaking the Gospel Message loud and clear.

Romans 6:1-2 ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? “

You can’t have it both ways. When you say “Yes” to Jesus, the broken relationship between God and you is restored.  But that doesn’t mean you can manipulate His unearned and unmerited favor to your advantage.  That’s what we’d call cheap grace.  It’s an attitude of entitlement and presumption that you’d rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Romans 15: 32 ” So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.”

When we come together as God’s family, my spirit and yours are refreshed.  (I Cor. 16:18)  The Lord has opportunity to minster through you and me to touch others with encouragement when we meet together. He can also move corporately  throughout  to refresh…exhorting, inspiring, and spurring on.    But when you decide not to go to Church or Bible Study or Prayer Group for selfish reasons, you are denying others the blessing of giving and receiving hope and inspiration through your absence.   Never believe that you don’t matter in the Family of God, for you are a very important and intricate part of the spiritual community called the Body.

Colossians 2:12 ” …having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”

The act of water baptism is  full of symbolism and meaning.  For those watching, it’s a public declaration of the person’s inner  decision.  For the person being baptized, it’s a time of newness of soul and spirit.  In Romans 6:4 it says, ” We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  Therefore, within the action of water baptism, our old self dies, and our new self  emerges out of the water.

Romans 8:35-37 ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors.”

No matter what the world throws at you this coming year…remember that with the Lord you can overcome it.  Whether it be troubles pressing down upon you from the outside, or anguish that comes from within…you can rise above them all with His help.  Don’t try to make it on your own…God is there, ready to take those burdens.  And in the end, you’ll rise victorious over all the pain and suffering.