ROMANS 8:1 ON 8/1

TL ROMANS 8 1 ON 8 1

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  – Romans 8:1-2

There is not a promise in God’s Word that encourages my heart more than this one.  There is no longer any condemnation!  Forgiveness of sins and the ability to finally let go of shame and regret means one thing – I am free!!!

FREEDOM

But why is this verse here?  It begins with the word therefore, so we need to back up and see what this verse is there for…  let’s look at the last part of Romans 7.

 So I find this law at work:  when I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  – Romans 7:21-25

If we’re honest, we admit facing the same struggle – some days more than others.  Remember the cartoons with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other?  :-/

Here’s the deal…  if you continue living in sin, you are a slave to it.  No matter what type of sin it is – you’re bound to it.  The only real freedom you will ever experience in your life is through Jesus Christ.  He loves you and wants to set you free from the chains of sin.

Sin demands so much of you – it is not possible to get straightened out on your own.  It takes supernatural help.  I pray that you will find a quiet place and bow your head to talk with God, in Jesus’ name.  Let Him have everything that binds you today.  He can give you a whole new attitude and outlook about your life from this moment forward.

He worked a miracle in me – and I know He can work one in you too.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (2)

BUT IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A BLESSING
I am blessed.  How do I know?  God says so!

I know we as Christians don’t have a clue what real persecution is. We may argue with the scoffs once in a while (ok, maybe more often than that), but when it’s all said and done, I am then free to go my way and the scoffer is free to go their way. We’ve both enjoyed the freedom we have as citizens of the greatest country in the world! Here in America we still have a Constitution and freedom of speech. Now, as we all know, that has bitten us on the backside because that freedom we enjoy comes with a little thing called FREE WILL. Even though being scoffed at is not fun, it is not real persecution. Is being a child of God a blessing? On days when the scoffers come a knockin’, it doesn’t feel like a blessing. The truth is, however, it is always a blessing to be God’s kid.

I’m free to talk about Jesus. Hey, He is not surprised at what man thinks of to humiliate Him. Look at all the humiliation and pain and torture He endured before hanging on the cross. He’s familiar with the ways of evil men. God wants us to have free will and he hopes that we will choose to serve Him, but He doesn’t want an army of robots. He wants children who love and worship Him because they want to, not because they have to.

Remember the song that Dottie Rambo wrote called “I Will Glory In The Cross” – ? Well, that’s exactly what I will do! Jesus endured awful agony at the hands of men, but the suffering turned into MY victory – and it can be yours too if you’ll just accept His gift of salvation.

I will weep no more for the cross that He bore… I will Glory in the Cross! – Dottie Rambo

So rejoice as Easter approaches! Rejoice in the salvation you have and in the price that Jesus paid for it. God’s perfect lamb, Jesus, sacrificed Himself on our behalf and how awesome it is that we have the FREE WILL to make the choice to love, honor and serve Him in return! Hold your head high, Christian… you are BLESSED!   ❤