Week 24 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Romans 13-16, and
1 Corinthians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, and begin one of his epistles to the church at Corinth.
1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Christ has become for us wisdom from God – our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
We are in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. Our relationship with God, and our standing before Him, is based not off of anything that we have done. It is based off of what Christ has done for us. God doesn’t accept us because we have done enough good things, or are good enough people. He welcomes us as His children because we believe in His Son, who gave His life for us.
Our righteousness and holiness don’t come from ourselves. We haven’t done anything to earn our own redemption. Christ is our righteousness. He is our holiness. In Him is our redemption. Let’s learn to trust in what He has done for us, rather than our own efforts, in our relationship with God!
Week 23 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Romans 8-12. These chapters further continue Paul’s epistle to the church at Rome.
Romans 12:2 bids us not to be conformed to this world’s pattern, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what is God’s will.
We live in the world. We are constantly surrounded by its mindsets and mentalities. We encounter many examples of people doing things the world’s way each and every day. However, we do not belong to the world. We have been chosen out it (John 15:19). We are part of God’s kingdom, and we are to do things His way, rather than the way of the world. We are to be transformed by allowing our minds to be renewed to what He says.
The more we read God’s Word and spend time with Him, the more our minds will become renewed. We will find out who He is, and who we are in Him. We will discover His way of doing things. As our minds are being renewed, we will be transformed into His image more and more. We will become more like Him, and less like the world around us. Let’s be conformed no longer to this world’s pattern, but allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds!
Week 22 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Romans 3-7. These chapters continue Paul’s epistle to the Romans.
Romans 3:10 declares that there is no one who is righteous – not even one. We have all sinned – all broken God’s law. None of us can keep all of His commandments perfectly.We simply can’t be made right with God through our actions. No matter how hard we try, we can never be good enough to earn His acceptance.
If we can’t be made righteous through our own efforts, then how are we made right with God? Romans 3:21-22 gives us the answer. It speaks of a righteousness that is apart from the law – a righteousness that comes through faith to all who believe. We are made right with God not by our actions, but by having faith in Jesus, and what He’s done for us. When we believe in Him, His righteousness is accredited to us. This is how we are made right in the eyes of our Heavenly Father!
None of us are righteous, in and of ourselves. We are made righteous through faith in Christ. Let’s trust in Him for our righteousness!
Week 21 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Acts 26-28, and Romans 1-2. Acts 26-28 speaks mainly of Paul defending himself before King Agrippa, him sailing for Rome and getting shipwrecked on the island of Malta, his arrival in Rome, and him speaking to the Jewish leaders there.
In Romans 1-2, we read the beginning of Paul’s epistle to the Roman church.
In Romans 1:16, Paul declares that he is not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the saving of all who believe. How many of us can honestly say the same thing? How many of us are unashamed to proclaim the gospel boldly when the occasion calls for it? In society today, a willingness to share what Christ has done is becoming more and more rare, yet more and more needed. Someone simply must tell this generation the good news!
What is this good news? What is it that we are to proclaim? Romans 1:17 answers this question. It states that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel – a righteousness that is by faith. This world needs to know that the way to gain acceptance before God is not through being a good person, or performing good deeds. It is through faith in Christ alone. We can’t be made right with God through our own efforts. We can only become right with Him by trusting in Jesus’ righteousness, set to our account. This is the good news we must share!
Know that you have been made right with God through faith in Christ, and share the good news with others, as God gives you the opportunity. Never be ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the saving of all who believe!