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Romans 8:16-17

Because we have been adopted by God, we are joint-heirs with Christ. Do you have any concept of that implication? We share in all the reward and privilege of Jesus. That is staggering. We have done nothing to deserve that—in fact, we have done much to exclude ourselves, but our God is in the heavens and He does whatever He chooses.
In this case, He chooses to make us his heirs. The one stipulation is that we suffer with Him. Now, God is not sadistic. He does not enjoy watching us suffer. He is simply stating a fact. If you are a true believer, you will suffer. Remember what Jesus said? “"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18  
Romans 8:16-17  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  17 and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Published on June 1, 2013 at 3:42 am |

Romans 8:18

I have a bit of internal conflict on this topic. In all my counseling, teaching, and child training I insist that people be adults. By this I mean that you take your obligations seriously, and that you fulfill your responsibilities. There is definitely a point, however, at which people take themselves way too seriously. This leads to all sorts of angry, self-centered behavior. As with everything in life we must find balance.
This passage encourages us not to be too overwhelmed by the sufferings of this life. Yes, we should take life seriously. Yes, we should be adults who fulfill our obligations. This life, however, is not all there is. In fact, this life is a tiny fraction of what is…we cannot be weighted down and overcome by the happenings of this life. Paul says that this life isn’t even worth comparing to our eternal state. 
Christian artist, Jeremy Camp wrote, 
“Troubled soul don’t lose your heart, ‘cause joy and peace He brings, and the beauty that’s in store outweighs the hurt of life’s stings. There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, no more fear. There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face-to-face.” 
Romans 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Published on June 4, 2013 at 5:14 am |

Romans 8:19-22

It is interesting to think about the practical implications of the Fall upon the earth itself. Ultimately, it is instructive and challenging in that it forces us to confront the consequences of our actions. When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they not only brought corruption upon themselves and their descendants, but they also cursed the earth itself. Our planet groans under the weight of Adam’s (and subsequently our) bad choices.Read more ...

Published on June 6, 2013 at 5:02 am |

Romans 8:23-25

In one of my favorite movies the lead character asks his friend why evil men do what they do. His friend replies that those evil men have a hole inside that they can never fill no matter how much they kill, steal, etc. 
The truth is, we all have a hole inside of us. We all sense that there must be more to this life. Deep in the very fiber of our being we know that this life cannot be all there is. We “groan inwardly” as we desperately hope for something better.Read more ...

Published on June 7, 2013 at 4:05 am |

Romans 8:26-27

Our world is broken because of our selfish choices. The planet itself groans in anguish and waits for its Creator to save it from the curse. We each have issues which stagger the imagination and confound our best reasoning. We fall to our knees and…and we do not even know what to say. We want to ask God for help, but we do not even comprehend what to ask for. Read more ...

Published on June 11, 2013 at 2:48 am |

Romans 8:28

Many people blithely say, “Everything happens for a reason” when something rough, discouraging, or tragic happens. They are right (even if they do need to be a bit more careful with their delivery). If the person is a professing Christian, this is the verse they are thinking of when they say that.Read more ...

Published on June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am |

Romans 8:29-30

God has a plan to save sinners. Before the world began—before man had even fallen from grace—Jesus chose certain people whom He would save. His goal was that these people would be like Him. They would be conformed to His image. They would follow His lead, so He would be the first of many like Himself.Read more ...

Published on June 13, 2013 at 2:55 am |

Romans 8:31-32

Short but powerful thought—If you are a believer, God has called you and chosen you. He is not going to abandon you.Read more ...

Published on June 14, 2013 at 8:52 am |

Romans 8:33-34

A few months ago I found a co-worker of mine hunched over, weeping. I asked what was wrong, and she informed me that a customer had yelled at her, and she did not like being yelled at. I acknowledged that it is not fun to be castigated, but then I asked, “What is that customer to you?” My point is that my co-worker did not even know the loudmouthed customer, but his words greatly affected her. I tried to explain that because she had no relationship with the man, it should not affect her. He had no power over her.Read more ...

Published on June 18, 2013 at 3:12 am |

Romans 8:35-39

How tightly do you hold on to the things of this life? What if you, like Job, were singled out to demonstrate faith in God? Could God look Satan in the eye and say, “Do whatever you want to [your name], he/she will never deny me.”?Read more ...

Published on June 19, 2013 at 4:00 am |

Romans 9:1-3

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” Paul loved his countrymen so much that he said he wished he could trade places with those unbelievers so that they would be saved—even if it meant he would be damned.
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Published on June 21, 2013 at 4:07 am |

Romans 9:4-6

Colin Cowherd, a popular sports radio host, recently discussed the role of luck in sports and life. He talked about how we can work through many things in life, but some things are pure dumb luck.Read more ...

Published on June 25, 2013 at 4:44 am |

Romans 9:7-13

 

Paul answers the questions that form in his reader’s mind, “Does that mean God fails? If God gives all these advantages to certain people, and they do not believe, did God not accomplish what He wanted? Paul answers emphatically, No! God has a plan, and He makes definite choices. Ishmael was Abraham’s first son (and logically would have been his heir), but God chose to work through Isaac. The same situation was seen with Isaac’s sons—once again, the older boy was passed over in favor of the younger son. 
In both of these cases was it because the younger son was a better choice; did the older son have inherent flaws? Was there some behavioral unworthiness in the older boys? No, God sovereignly made a choice. God is in control, and He is intimately involved in our lives. In both cases before the boys were born or had committed any actions or made any choices, God made His choice.
Romans 9:7-14  and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named."  8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.  9 For this is what the promise said: "About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son."  10 And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac,  11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad- in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call-  12 she was told, "The older will serve the younger."  13 As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."  

 

Published on June 26, 2013 at 10:57 am |

Romans 9:14-16

I love being an American. I am proud to be an American. I have been to other countries, and I can tell you I have no interest in living anywhere else. There are distinct religious advantages to being an American (liberty, separation of church and state), but…Read more ...

Published on June 27, 2013 at 4:25 am |

Romans 9:17-21

In the previous verses Paul discussed God’s sovereign choices in mercy, but these next verses examine the other side of the coin. God also sovereignly chooses to mete out punishment. Paul uses the example of Pharaoh in the days of Moses. God raised that Pharaoh up to a position of prominence so that when God executed righteous judgment, the whole world would see God’s power and dominion. Read more ...

Published on June 30, 2013 at 3:55 am |

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