Scripture Verse Of The Week

romans 5

  1. Romans 5 Verse 1: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. {NKJV}

    And from The Message Bible: Romans 5 Verse1 : “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with Him. make us fir for Him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus”.

    One of the greatest benefits of the Truth we have in Christ Jesus is assurance, of being made right with God. We can know in our hearts that our standing with God does not depend on us but on Christ Jesus and what He has accomplished for us. What a wonderful and extraordinary relief this is!

    A relationship of separation because of our sin, has now been changed to a wonderful relationship of friendship, understanding and peace, which provides us with considerable assurance and peace of mind. We can also live with the wonderful assurance and relief, that we will not face God’s outpouring of wrath, on the day of judgement. Christ Jesus paid, that debt for us to escape on our behalf.
    As a wonderful old song says: “Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, He paid a debt I could not pay, to wash our sins away”. to restore us to right standing with God The Father.
    The beauty of what Christ Jesus did for any ‘whosoever’ John 3 verse 16:

    So what do we need to prove to God so that He will accept us?
    Absolutely Nothing! God excepts us on the basis of a relationship with His Son Christ Jesus, who proved everything.
    “Amazing love how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me”

    God Bless.
    O.F.J.

  2. Faith In Action ‘Set Apart’

    As we look at 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 1 to 8; has a subtitle in a lot of bibles called, ‘The Call to Sanctification’.

    The doctrine of Sanctification, has to do with being set apart, consecrated and dedicated to God. Paul is writing to the Thessalonians, and encourages them that even though thy are doing well, to rise to a level holiness in their daily living.   It is really encouragement to us all, things may be going well spiritually in our lives, but there always can be improvement.

    As Christians we should not just be happy with the status quo,  we should always be trying to do better, because the standard that has been set for us is Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Our Friend Himself.

    Some people live as if all that is important is Salvation and escaping earth to get to heaven. Could be said just have a ticket for the ride. Our Lord and Our Friend is deeply concerned with each of His followers daily walk. He has sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and help.

    Comforter, not just to keep us comfy, it is more comforting us in the realities of life, which can be good, but most often quite challenging. Helper, as we face the circumstances of life, and try to grow through them.

    The Holy Spirit is with us, to help us, in how we live our lives, to instruct us in be great representatives of the God we serve.  To do this we need to continually Grow in our knowledge of God, and as much as the knowledge we gain is to build us into stronger faith, it is also to build us more in compassion for action.

    Our Lord and Our Friend came not just for the eternal aspect of His followers, but also to enable us to live as examples in a dark and sinful world that does not know Him.

    Walking to please God, by using the word ‘walk’ or ‘live’, The Apostle Paul has put an emphasis on actions.

    Actions through learning, we can never learn all about God, there is to much about Him for our comprehension.

    Actions in having progress in our lives, and in our walk to please God.

    Actions as our faith is being strengthened, but not actions without using our faith in Him. Faith without works is dead.

    Actions out of becoming more like Him {Christ-like}, have compassion for our actions,

    Actions not to live like the people of the world, we have become Kingdom People.

    The word walk is an ‘action’ it requires effort, and Paul through this letter to believers is telling us to rise in our levels of holiness in our daily living.

    The message is one of growth in every aspect of our Christian walk. Once we accept the Salvation message as a response to God’s love, God excepted us the way we were, but He loves us to much, to leave us that way, when there is so much about Him we can learn about. Our Love back to Him is and ‘action’ walking to please Him’

    God Bless.

    O F J..

  3. Consider The Widow

    CONSIDER THE WIDOWS

    Timothy writes about family in Chapter 5 verses one and two. ‘Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.’  Their families are instructed to put their religion into practice by caring for their own and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is in need and is left all alone puts her hope in God and continues to pray night and day and asks God for help. It is clearly stated that widows should be cared for by family and the church.

    However, today, this seems not to be so. Why? In my opinion, widows are far more prevalent than widowers and are alone and seem to be without supportive families. To begin in grief having lost their partner, life becomes a far different lifestyle.  Adjusting to a loneness, decisions made without sharing, companionship after many years together as a couple no longer a part of life.

    Silence surrounds evening, dawn hours as memories flood  waking hours. There is a loss so deep and sometimes a withdrawing away from people.  Those fortunate to have family input treasure the interaction but after they are gone, you shut the door and feel bereft as the walls close in on your heart. His clothes have been packed away and no longer need washing; you pick up his photo and hold it in your arms.  There are practical things you cannot do, fixing things, starting the lawnmower, attending to accounts perhaps. He assisted with shopping, put oil or petrol in a car or just cleaned it. Holding hands and sharing a family problem and being together as one. Laughter and private jokes or both reading books content in each other’s company. The years of loving each other, the gain and the growth in good months and destructive hurting times that were overcome. Oh, families of widows, be very aware of their needs, nurture and care for them and count them as silver and gold, a treasure of wisdom and immense value.

    God’s Church must uphold their widows because it pleases God and it is his holy decree.  ‘Do this in my name and receive my blessings’, is HIS decree. Do not neglect our widows therefore.

    Consider them, love them and provide.

    Be Blessed

    Lorraine

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