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Romans 5: 1-2 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Do you know where you’ll go when you die?  If you’re a Believer, do you have the trust to confidently state, “Yes, I’m going to heaven.”  Or do you stand there today just hoping you’ll make it?  This verse should then refute that gnawing uncertainty in your mind once and for all. For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and placed in right standing with God.  And the peace brought about by this reconciliation to our Heavenly Father overshadows any doubt or fear our minds may have.  So stand now in faith and righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord and be assured of your eternal life.

Romans 9:16 “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

No matter how we work and strive to live a perfect life…we’ll never come close.  For in Titus 3:5 it says, “He saved us not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.”  God’s wonderful and unexplainable mercy is gifted to us before we are even aware of our need.  Malachi 1:2-3 states, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  To further illustrate this profound concept, Jesus tells us in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…”  The Lord’s compassion and kindness towards us  is beyond our  mental capacity…His desire to save us, beyond our comprehension.

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.