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Saved By Tradition?

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Apr. 30, 2016 Romans 9

Saved By Tradition?

 

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15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,Ephesians 4:15, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Dear Saints,

 

Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 9; “The apostle’s concern that his countrymen were strangers to the gospel. (1-5) The promises are made good to the spiritual seed of Abraham. (6-13) Answers to objections against God’s sovereign conduct, in exercising mercy and justice. (14-24) This sovereignty is in God’s dealing both with Jews and Gentiles. (25-29) The falling short of the Jews is owing to their seeking justification, not by faith, but by the works of the law. (30-33)” –  Matthew Henry Commentary Concise.

 

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 9.  I know something of Christian by tradition.  When I went into the military at the age of eighteen, the process by which we were inducted was like an assembly line.  There we had lines for clothing, haircuts, physicals, shots, etc. We were organized by groups and as we went through the induction process we stayed in our place just as we were organized.  The person making my dog tags said to me; “Religion?”  To which I replied; “What are the choices?”  He looked up at me and said; “Are you Catholic?”  When I answered no he said; “Protestant” finished my dog tags and put them in my hands.  The reason I remember this I was a Christian by tradition.  Had the man said are you a Christian I would have said yes!  I knew that everyone in my family were Christians therefore so was I.  Not because of faith in Jesus however, it was because of family tradition.  “32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;  and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”Romans 9:32-33, ESV.   I thought Christianity, Jesus and heaven were more like a story told to keep people in line.  Along those lines I thought that it was a good tradition and therefore I was a Christian by birthright.  I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus that would lead to life, faith and salvation.  I was lost and it didn’t bother me because I thought I was saved by tradition, a good man. “12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,Colossians 3:12, ESV. As a traditional Christian not only wasn’t I saved but I had none of the qualities mentioned in this verse.  Praise God! I didn’t die in combat; I lived until I was convinced what a miserable condition I was in. When I realized that I needed Jesus, he was there holding out his arms for me.  The truth is some treat the Church like a club that you can join if you’re invited.  Only if you measure up to the standard of the current club members.  There may be fellowship without faith in Jesus.  Without faith in Jesus there is there is no hope or love and no future. There is no salvation in tradition or the law.  No one is saved without a personal relationship with Jesus.   If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow. 

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Brother Mike

 

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Dressed For Victory!

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Apr. 29, 2016 Romans 8

Dressed For Victory!

 

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25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.Job 19:25, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 8; “The freedom of believers from condemnation. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. (10-17) Their hopeful prospects under tribulations. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. (32-39)” –  Matthew Henry Concise.

 

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 8. Saints we are among the believers who are separated in Jesus from condemnation.  We share in the privileges as the children of God through Jesus.  That is we who know Jesus and have faith in Him. We have hope through Jesus when under attacks of the world.   The Holy Spirit gives us peace and guides us in prayer. The love of God is in our interest as we serve Jesus.  We hold on to the promise that through Christ we will have victory over worldly things.   “37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:37-39, ESV.  Not only do we have faith in Jesus we rejoice in the power of His might.  God prepares us for whatever duty He gives us!  “ 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:10-12, ESV.  Our Lord died so that we would have victory over whatever the world challenges us with.  God dresses us and the Holy Spirit supports us for victory in Jesus (see 1 Thessalonians 5:7-9, ESV).  In God’s army we are clothed in God’s armor.  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

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Constant Battles!

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Apr. 28, 2016 Romans 7

Constant Battles!

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11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 7; “Believers are united to Christ, that they may bring forth fruit unto God. (1-6) The use and excellence of the law. (7-13) The spiritual conflicts between corruption and grace in a believer. (14-25)” –  Matthew Henry Concise.

 

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 7.  Saints we are united to Christ Jesus, to go forth gathering good fruit unto God.  The law is excellent in its functioning as it tells us how to live. There is no salvation in God’s law because it is used to shed light on our sinful nature in the flesh. The spiritual battle rages between our corrupt flesh and God’s grace while we live in the flesh. “24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:24-25, ESV.  We must have faith in Jesus to overcome this battle between our spirit and flesh. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8, ESV.  We have the need to nurture our faith in Jesus?  Is this possible can we grow our faith in Jesus?  The answer is a resounding yes (see Romans 10:17)!  In order to be effective and fruitful we must feast in the Word God gave us regularly.  God gave us the Word that we may have life abundantly.  A sin free life is an abundant life. Give God all the glory for our righteousness is in Jesus and not of ourselves.  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

 God Bless You,

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The Up Side?

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Apr. 27, 2016 Romans 6

The Up Side?

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1For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 6; “Believers must die to sin, and live to God. (1,2) This is urged by their Christian baptism and union with Christ. (3-10) They are made alive to God. (11-15) And are freed from the dominion of sin. (16-20) The end of sin is death, and of holiness everlasting life. (21-23)” –  Matthew Henry Concise.

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 6.  Saints we must die to sin and have faith that Jesus delivered us.  Living a life of sin can only lead to death because God will not tolerate sin in heaven.  God sent his son Jesus to deliver us (justified as if we never sinned) Jesus is our righteousness which sets us free from sin. “18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:18-21, ESV.  Only through faith in Jesus can we be delivered from the ways of this world.  There is no fuzzy logic here.  The hour we accept Jesus and turn from our sin we are born into the new life everlasting. “28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28, ESV.  When we receive our new sinless life, we have purpose in Jesus.  His purpose is that none should perish.  Our calling is to shed our light for all men to see our freedom from sin and our relationship with Jesus.  This relationship is more meaningful than living in sin!  The upside is that all things work to the good for those who choose to invite Jesus into their heart.  For the abundance of life that faith in Jesus gives us, we give God all the glory!  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

 God Bless You,

Brother Mike

 

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What’s The Down Side?

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Apr. 26, 2016 Romans 5

What’s The Down Side?

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25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 5; “The happy effects of justification through faith in the righteousness of Christ. (1-5) That we are reconciled by his blood. (6-11) The fall of Adam brought all mankind into sin and death. (12-14) The grace of God, through the righteousness of Christ, has more power to bring salvation, than Adam’s sin had to bring misery, (15-19) as grace did superabound. (20-21)” –  Matthew Henry Concise.

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 5.  We are justified through faith in the righteousness of Jesus. When a sinner becomes a true believer the blessing that takes place in the sinner’s life is a peace with God. We are justified by our faith in Jesus.  Our justification in Christ Jesus puts in a state of being just as if we had never sinned. Just as sin was brought into this world by the fall of Adam.  The grace of God, through the gift of salvation through Jesus brings a more powerful life, more powerful than, Adam’s original sin which brought misery and death. God’s grace has the effect of power beyond the natural man’s understanding; “22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:22-24, ESV.  Our joy in the grace of God through Jesus causes the angels to rejoice (see Luke 15:8-10). This is the lamp of Jesus that overcomes darkness`; “3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:3-4, ESV.  We are cured of sinful desire, by the grace of God and salvation through Jesus.  Let your light shine because there is no down side in Jesus.  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

 

If you want Jesus to give you peace with God. Right now while he is calling you say this simple prayer from your heart to Jesus; “Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.   I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend. I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.”  Amen!

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Can We Be Unhappy?

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Apr. 25, 2016 Romans 4

Can We Be Unhappy?

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13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 4; “The doctrine of justification by faith is shown by the case of Abraham. (1-12) He received the promise through the righteousness of faith. (13-22) And we are justified in the same way of believing. (23-25) –  Matthew Henry Concise.

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 4 We are reading God’s Word daily and this builds our faith (see Romans 10:17).  Because of our faith is in Christ Jesus, we know that our righteousness is in Jesus.    “22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:22-25, ESV.  Because we have faith that Jesus died on the cross for all of our sin, and raised from the dead, we are justified.  Just as if we had never sinned, that is our justification in Jesus. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, Deuteronomy 7:9, ESV.  We are commanded to share God’s love with the whole world (see Matthew 28:18-20).  It’s easy to share God’s love because He never changes.  We love, follow and share our awesome God.  Happenstance changes from one moment to the next.  So we may be unhappy when we see the conditions changing in the world around us, but they can never steal our joy.  Our faith, hope, love and joy are in Jesus!  Let your light shine.  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

 

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Is There Hope Without Jesus?

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Apr. 24, 2016 Romans 3

Is There Hope Without Jesus?

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12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12, English Standard Version (ESV)

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Today we prayerfully read our Feast in Romans, Chapter 3; “Objections answered. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. (9-18) Both Jews and Gentiles cannot be justified by their own deeds. (19,20) It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away. (21-31)” –  Matthew Henry Concise.

Today we prayerfully continue our Feast in Romans 3.  The question posed here in verses nineteen and twenty is; “can I be saved by following the law?”  I believe salvation is not possible without our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.   “19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:19-20, ESV.  The law cannot save us!  We cannot do away with the law, It simply points to what we must or must not do.  We are justified by and our righteousness is in Jesus.  In other words there is no justification or salvation to be found in the law.  “15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15, ESV.  We honor Jesus, because he is the savior.  There is no law or person other than Jesus that can pay for our sins.  It is a privilege to share Jesus with those who don’t know Him. Those that have accepted Jesus are in a relationship with Him.  We share his love with others gently and respectively, knowing that there is no peace without salvation.  There is no hope without Jesus!  If the Lord is willing I will send and post the Feast again tomorrow.

 

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