Posts Tagged ‘Epistle to the Romans’

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Wow! Isn’t that fantastic, there is someone who actually loves every single one of us, warts and all!

Jesus! Jesus loves us more than anyone else will ever, and because of that, He gave His life for us. Who else would ever willingly die for us…no-one but Christ our Saviour!

Do you ever get the feeling everything is going against you?

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone is against you?

Yes, it may seem at times during your life that everything and everyone is against you, but that is not the entire truth because God is not against you!

It actually gets better than that, as Jesus is not against you.  

The Holy Spirit is not against you.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are 100% for you, and they are greater than any foe that is against you.

 It is God who has the final authority and the final say over everything that concerns you.

Romans 8:31 says:

If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

problemsNone of us like when we have problems or difficulties in our lives. It’s how we deal with those difficulties though that determines how well we respond to these problems.

Do you welcome the problems in the knowledge that God wouldn’t let anything happen in our lives unless He sees that it can do us good, and build greater character? Or, do you resent the problems and question why God lets these major issues upset and inconvenience you?

What do you think we as Christians, should think? I believe as a Christians that I should view the difficulties I face, as God putting His tools into action on my life. Through these difficulties God builds my character and helps me become more like Christ.

How about you, do you welcome God taking action in your life or would you rather He left you alone? I pray that you will welcome God’s actions in your life as challenges and though you may not welcome them with open arms, accept that they will help build your character and make you a stronger person.

Romans 8:28-29 (NLT)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Not sure what to do? Well the bible offers us advice for these circumstances, just as it does for all others:

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times ~ Romans 12:12 (Good News translation)

It can be difficult to stay hopeful during trying times, and even more difficult to be joyful, but God can help keep you strong and positive during these times.

We live in a world where we all want everything now, however if we truly trust God for everything we know that He will never be rushed into anything, but He will always answer your prayers in is time.

When you’re struggling prayer may seem like the last thing you want to do, however it should be the first thing we do in all circumstances. That said, when you’re struggling and try to pray, it can often be impossible to actual vocalise your prayer. However that doesn’t mean we you shouldn’t try to pray during tough times, it simply mean you should be even more likely to pray! After all even when we can’t vocalise our prayers to God, He knows them, because He knows what’s in our hearts.

Trust in God at all times, good and bad, because He will help you keep joyful and patient during these times, and as always, will hear your prayers.

Romans 12:9-11 (NIV)

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

I’m sure you’ve heard the following saying many times

God first, myself last, and others in between

It can be hard to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your one at times can’t it?

I know I personally find this hard a lot of the times, as in the last while I feel I get little chance to relax and chill for any more than just an hour or so at a time, as I’m having to do a lot of things for various other folks a lot of the time that I’m not at work. It can be hard on us physically and emotionally when we get little time to ourselves, however it can also be very rewarding when those we’re helping tell us how grateful they are for our help.

So why is it easier to put some people’s needs in front of our own than others?

It’s probably easier to put others first when they are people we love and care about, However God commands us to love all others, including our enemies and the unloveable, so we must try to love everyone, and put everyone’s needs in front of our own.

God will provide for us all we need, so don’t be afraid to put other’s needs in front of your own. God loves us, so we must love everyone too.

Today in the final part of my Image blog posts, I want us to think about ourselves. i.e. Our own image. By this I don’t mean our physical image, but instead our spiritual image…

We know we are all different both outwardly and inwardly, but does that mean we can’t all be the image of Christ?

Being the “image of Christ” isn’t about what or who we look like, but it’s about the kind of person we are, how we act in every situation and what we say to both our friends and our enemies.

I came across the following quote recently and I think it fits with my thoughts today:

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

by G. K. Chesterton

This is backed up by scripture in Romans 12:9-10 (The Message)

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

To be considered to be Christ-like, we must, as the above quote from G.K.Chesterton suggests, love every, including the unloveable. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it can be very very difficult sometime to love the unloveable, and sometimes because of situations that occur, it can even be very very difficult to love those we care deeply about.

So to love is Christ-like, but loving everyone is tough, that’s why we can’t expect to do succeed on our own, that’s why God has promised to be with us in every situation.

I’d like you to listen to a beautiful piece of music with inspirational lyrics which completely reinforces what I’ve said in the last few days about us being the image of Christ. I really hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, are blessed by it. Here are the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ In Me:

God made us in his image, so surely that means we must try to continue to be like God in all we do.

Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

I pray that others may see Christ in me in all I do, and that Christ may continue to grow in my live. I pray you too may become the image of Christ.

Are you scared of death? Are you frightened of death?

There’s no need to be scared, as God has promised us eternal rest in His presence when we reach the of our time on earth.

Hebrews 4:8-11 (The Message)

And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.

While these words should reassure us, I’m sure it’s still only human nature to fear death and how we might feel during our final moments. That however should never stop us from believing that when our earthly body has died, we will find rest in God’s presence.

Revelations 14:13 (New Living Translation)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”

What about those who have never found God before they pass away?

As I touched on in my blog post yesterday entitled Non Believer, I truly believe that it’s never too late in someone’s life for them to be saved, regardless of their health or state of mind. God does work in mysterious ways at times, so no matter how unlikely we think it is that a loved one may be saved before their death, do not ever stop believing or praying as God does can still make a difference.

Look forward to heaven, it’s a place where eyes won’t cry and hearts won’t get broken…