hey girls! i know Romans is a little harder than 1 samuel was. i encourage you to read it in the "message" version if you are having a hard time with it. if you have anything you want to discuss or maybe you are not quite sure what it means, please post here. i am so proud of all of you!!
So far, it looks like me and you, Jill. :)
i feel like paul expresses a whole lot of days. in romans 6, he talks about doing what he doesn't want to do, and not doing what he should do. anyone else relate? :)i have so many good intentions...i just sometimes never, ever get around to them.i love paul's humility and honesty. i can relate to his flesh getting the best of him. it happens to me daily!happy reading, girls.
Good Morning! Boy do I feel like Paul lately. I struggle with this concept trying to grasp it fully, when really I think I am making it harder when it is quite simple. I understand that I am made knew in Jesus and here on earth I am able to live as one with him here on earth. Yet, I still have sin in me, sidenote- because I am nowhere near perfect, serving my flesh. When Paul goes on and says"Now if I do what I do not want I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being." from Message Bible "I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does...Hallelujah chorus!!!,,,,He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. I am so thankful I can walk with him here, now and be victorious! Still like Paul I find myself going ugh!!!! I know what's right, I know what God would have me do, Why on earth did I just do the opposite?!?! When will I ever learn? Why did I take my eyes off of you Lord? So frustrating. I am believing that for the next 4 hours my flesh will not get the best of me...maybe I should start with 15 minute intervals...sounds silly to say, but does make me think where is my focus right this moment, who am I glorifying? Thankful God is in control! Hope you all have a blessed Wednesday
So I have had so much to say but I am in the middle of a move with two kids! Shew. I had to comment today because of Jill's reference to the spin class. I too have joined a spin class recently and by recently I mean yesterday ;) And I realized while I was in there that there is a lot of room to fake it. Truthfully I was thankful for this seeing as it was my first class. But Jill's analogy was perfect for me. You see I am someone who isn't really a "faker". I say that and I laugh because it is almost like I fake not being a faker ;). I don't think of myself as a faker. But I am. I faked it just yesterday at spin class! Just praying that the Lord would let me survive and not fall off of the bike. I fake it all the time. Don't we all? The best part about Romans 8 is that we have a Father in Heaven that loves each and every one of us, fake or not. You see when I read Romans 8 I have three things that stand out (well I mean the MOST). 1) If we are saved we are no longer sinners, we are saints that sin. 2) The Holy Spirit is going to bat for us everyday even when we are not gonig to bat for ourselves. and 3) (this is my favorite part) We have a Lord that loves us REGARDLESS of all of or faults. He loves us no matter how fake we are, mean we are, selfish we are, greedy we are, lazy we are, no matter what all of the time AMEN! Oh how I hope my girls get this EARLY rather than late (like there slow mama). Romans 8 is the Good News is it not? It is what we as Christians should start off telling non-believers. "Hey, this is all you need to know! If you believe you are in. NO MATTER WHAT!" Sing it from the rooftops girls. Tell your loved ones and your enemies!! Melanie
Thanks for posting this....Romans has been a lot harder for me to "follow" even in the "message" verison....your posting made feel a little less dense haha.
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