Good News Message
- “The Weak, and the Strong.” Romans 14: 2
As we continue our study of the Book of Romans, we pick up at verse one of Chapter 14. Paul is discussing the different ways we see things, and feel about things because of our past. He asks us to respect each other, and be there for each other as we work together for the Lord.He writes: “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another whose faith is weak eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master; servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”(Romans 14: 1-4)We are all weak in some areas, and strong in others. It has been said, “Our faith is strong in an area if we can survive contact with those who are living wrong without falling into their patterns. Our faith is weak in an area if we must avoid certain activities, or people, or places in order to protect our spiritual life. We want to influence others for good, rather than be influenced by them if that influence is harmful, but we must be comfortable and strong. We must not put ourselves in uncomfortable or unsure positions if we know we are not ready to stand without question in our mind, and discuss why we feel the way we do.Paul said, “Accept the one whose faith is weak in an area without quarreling over disputable matters.” Be open to discussions. Differences should not be feared or avoided, but accepted and handled with Love. Don’t expect everyone to agree, but be willing to discuss the matter with an attitude of “let us learn together.” Let us seek what the Word teaches, be ready to accept change on either side of the discussion if shown where a wrong opinion may have been, and always agree to discuss with respect . Differences need not cause division. They can be a source of learning and richness in our relationships. Let us never have an attitude of being correct in everything in our spiritual walk. Let us always be ready to learn, and ready to teach what we believe to be correct. Whether we feel weak, or strong in our faith, let us grow in all areas as we study and ask the Holy Spirit to bring truth to us from His Presence, and from the Word, and from circumstances the Lord brings, or allows to come into our Lives.May the Lord bless you in all things, and in all ways, God’s Beloveds. Learn and grow and become as one in Faith in Him as you walk together in His Love.Continue reading →
- “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:14
We continue our study of the Book of Romans. Picking up at verse 11, of chapter 13, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Paul writes:“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently , as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery , not in dissension and jealousy. Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13:14)The night refers to the present time. The day refers to the time of Christ’s return. We do not know when the Lord shall return – we just know He will because He said He would. The Lord Himself did not know when He was here the first time, and maybe still does not know when the time is set for Him to return to this world. We just need to remember that when Abba Father says, “It is time”, that day it shall happen in the twinkle of an eye.. Life on this earth shall be done. This we know, the time is shorter every day, so we need to be prepared for everything in this life to change. We must do this by being fully aware of the way we live, of the way we act and of the way we speak.The Word says, we must clothe ourselves with Christ, to be ready. One of the ways we do this is by being baptized if possible. We are shown this is not mandatory because of the way Christ told the thief at the cross who said unto our Lord, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.’ (Luke 23: 42,43.) But if at all possible do follow Jesus in Baptism for He went to John to be baptized for the world to see. Let us let the world see we follow Him as this act of Love for our Jesus, and each other is shown. Another way is to exemplify the qualities Jesus showed while He was here on earth. Show Love, Humility, Truth, Service and help to the flock in the way we are shown. We pray to do what Christ would do if He were here in person.And then let us make certain to NOT Do some things. We must Not give our desires of the flesh the opportunity to act if it would not glorify our Lord Jesus.As we do these things,we clothe ourselves with Christ. He is in us, and on us. He is our model. He is who we want to look like, and act like, and be like. As we call upon the Holy Spirit to bring these things upon us, or to control the desires of the flesh, we are clothed with Jesus. We bring glory to Him, and Peace unto ourselves. Let us show His Love each day by being clothed with Him.Continue reading →
- “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.” Romans 13:8
We continue our study of the Book of Romans. Picking up at verse 8, of Chapter 13, we read the words of Paul as he explains how “Love Fulfills the Law”. He writes:“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery.”, “You shall not murder,.”“You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commands there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.’. Romans 13: 8-10Someone said, “Why is love for others called a debt? We are permanently in debt to Christ for the lavish love He has poured out on us, but this is a debt like no other. The only way we can even begin to repay this debt is by fulfilling our obligation to love others in turn. Because Christ’s love will always be infinitely greater than ours, we will always have the obligation to love our neighbors.”Somehow many of us have gotten the idea that self-love is wrong; but if we hear the command to “love our neighbor as ourselves”, it does not make sense if we feel that self-love is wrong. For instance if we have low self-esteem, and do not care about our health and well being, should we willingly let others go hungry if there is food? Of course not. We probably try to clothe ourselves reasonably well, but we know we would give clothing to those who may not have any if we saw the need. We probably try not to let ourselves be cheated or injured. We would want the same for our neighbors as that, and would not allow it if we saw it going on, and could stop it. We would want the same for us by those in our lives. So obviously to say that self-love is wrong is not what our Lord is talking about when He says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The Lord wants us to love who we are in Him. He wants us to help others and teach them about Love – His Love. We are greatly loved by Him. We are covered in and by His Grace.. Let us Love ourselves because of that truth, and give Him all that we are. Let us love those in our life as we love ourselves.The Word says, “Whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Paul is not talking about the 10 Commandments when he says “fulfilled the law”. He is saying the Law is fulfilled by Love, and that is how we are to live. Jesus has fulfilled the old Law. He has done the work. We are covered in grace, and faith in Christ in the new covenant that replaced the old Law. It is a law of Love. God’s Love for us, His Children, that He created for us, and fulfilled it Himself. The Law of love we want to live in and under, is a level of life we want to operate in because it is our desire to do so – not because we will get into trouble if we don’t. It is indeed a debt we owe our Lord Jesus, but it is not like a debt between people or banks or institutions that can be paid off. It is a beautiful debt that flows like a brook of water. It is a brook of love flowing from one generation to the next. As all water does, it brings life and sustenance. He said, “Love one another.” Let us desire greatly to do so, That brings a beautiful Life as we do. A debt that we will honor, and pass to the next generation. A debt that we want to pay because of our Love for our God of Love, and our love for those in our life. Let us pay on it each day.Continue reading →
- There is no authority except that which God has established. Romans 13:1
We continue our study of the Book of Romans. We pick up at the first verse of Chapter 13. It says:“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment upon themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one of authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor then honor.” (Romans 13: 1-7)This is sometimes a very hard thing to accept. Being subject to rules of authorities that you do not agree with, or that seem to be causing more harm than good is obviously a very difficult thing. However, the Word says they are in authority because God has put them there. He has established them, therefore we are to submit to them. We must believe they are in that position to bring something God wants us to see, or do. If we follow Him in faith, we will see. It may be something that we do not feel is right, but our God of Love does not make mistakes. Let us believe the Word, and follow Him. He will lead us where we need to go. He has a reason for every action, and everything He asks us to do. The Word says, “There is no authority except that which God has established.” Let us follow the rules, do things the right way, and see what we need to see. Our God always has a purpose in everything He allows.Let us live our lives in the way Paul describes. Let us follow the rules to the best of our ability. If they need to be changed, the Lord will let us know, and provide what needs to be provided to do so. Let us always try to do the things He asks us to do in faith, and He shall show us what we need to see. Let us honor our Most High Father, and our King of Kings Jesus, and our Beautiful Holy Spirit, with respect and Love as we do. Let us remember He always has a purpose.Abundant Blessings and unconditional Love upon each of you, Beloveds of God.Continue reading →
- “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 21
We continue our study of the Book of Romans. This is a very detailed letter written by Paul to those who had been led to Christ while in Jerusalem for Pentecost. There were Jews and Gentiles in the Church, and Paul wanted them to know the things that were theirs as they walked together with Christ.His purpose in the letter was to define what they had in grace as they walked with the Lord, as compared to what they were required to do in the Law. He wanted them to know the freedom that was now theirs to worship the Lord, have a personal relationship, and rejoice in His Fellowship. So different in Grace rather than in Law.As we pick up at verse 19, of Chapter 12, we find Paul giving an example of the differences between the Law, and Grace. He said:“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written : ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.’ On the contrary: if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12: 19-21)In the Law, it was common to apply what had been done to you, to what you would do in return. “An eye for an eye.” In Grace, Paul was saying, we have a different way to handle things when someone hurts us. He said if my enemy is apparently hungry, instead of trying to hurt him back, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. They will certainly not understand why you are doing this, and it will be mind confusing to them. He is saying we do not try to bring God’s wrath upon the person, we give it to the Lord, and let Him decide how to handle the situation. We are not negatively impacted by whatever may have happened when we do that. We look at that person as someone who needs help. We do not try to hurt them, we offer to help them.This of course is not the way most people respond, but that is what separates us from the world. As Paul says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”Have a wonderful day as you walk with our Lord of Love, and Grace, Beloveds of God. In Him is magnificent glorious Grace, and Unconditional Love. Let us continually enjoy His Presence in us, and be open to all this brings into our lives. Let us let it flow to those in our life. You are so divinely Loved. Enjoy.Continue reading →
- “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18
Continuing with Paul’s Letter to the Romans on the life of a Christian: picking up at verse 14, of Chapter 12, Paul writes,
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12: 14-18.)As we look at some more of “Love in Action”, listed by Paul, we continue to see how we are asked to live as a Christian using our gifts. There is no “use it, or lose it” mandate for us. If we do not use our gift one time, but do use it the next, or use it a little but not a lot, we will not lose our gifts. They are still there. We are told how to use them when we do use them, and asked to remember why we have them. We can see how the Lord would like us to use them, and the effect of them when we do. The consistent utilization of them comes from the fact we will grow to love to use them, as we use them, and love the fact we are given them to make a difference in people’s lives. We shall see it when we do. Our goal is to help. To Minister to needs using our gifts. Our goal is to bring peace into other people’s lives, and into ours as we live in and as, Christ. We are His representatives in a body of flesh for others to see, and hear. He is in us in Spirit. We are One with Him.Paul gives us specific behavior in reaction to what we encounter, and deal with when working with our Brothers and Sisters. He tells us what to do with those who persecute, those who are rejoicing, those who are mourning. To live in harmony, and in peace as much as it depends on us. To not be conceited, or proud, or repay evil for evil. To do right as much as possible in the eyes of everyone. To associate with those in a low position that would show complete respect, and equality. Please read his words again on what to do.We will not be perfect, but knowing what to do and working with the wisdom given by Paul will give us a great opportunity to use our gifts for our Lord.Blessings and Love in Christ Jesus, upon each of you.Continue reading →
- “Love must be sincere.” Romans 12: 9
As we continue our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he is telling them through the power of the Holy Spirit who, and what they have in their being. He is telling them how to live in victory through the Holy Spirit, and the given gifts from our Holy Father. As we learn these truths, we are covering one of the most important facts in Christianity. .
He is telling them about the “gifts” the Lord gives us to use to build the Church. He will use it to bring a Team of Believers in Jesus Christ together that will touch the world.
Every believer is given a gift, or gifts. Every believer is called, and asked to use the gift they are given because it is needed. If it was not needed, it would not be given. If we do not use our gift, our part will have to be taken up by someone else. As in all things, but especially in spiritual gifts, each person is to use their gift – their talent as needed, and at every opportunity-.a truth that is very important.
As he continued his letter, Paul said, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in Love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in Zeal, but keep your spiritual force serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12: 9-13.)
When we talk about “Love must be sincere”, most of us must admit we have learned to pretend to love others. To speak kindly, avoid hurting feelings, and appear to take a sincere interest in them. We may take an interest in their personal problems, and help them with projects when they are out of time, or even sometimes help them with money when we can. But, if these things are not done sincerely, and in love, we may find them being done with no long term value. Let us pray for wisdom always in what we are doing for others. We must sincerely expect nothing in return except the joy of giving. If something is offered in return, and we are shown by the Lord it is appropriate to receive it back , let us be prepared to put it someplace where we can get to it again when the next need comes to us. If it is given – not loaned – it is given. It is a gift. It is no longer ours. Let us give it to the Lord, again – whatever it may be. He will use it where He sees it is needed.
We shall continue our discussion of “gifts”, as we move through the Letter.
Have a wonderful week, Beloveds of God. Work on using your “gifts” with open transparency for you, but not others. Let there be no question in your mind or heart as to what you have been given, and how you are to use it. Always remember it is for the one receiving, not for us to boast about. Many blessings will come to you as you do. You are greatly loved.Continue reading →
May you be “Encouraged, and “Strengthened”, and “United”, God’s Beloveds, as we Lift up Christ Jesus, Glorify the Father, and Magnify the Holy Spirit.