February 19, 2023
DAY 50 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verse for Today: Romans 15:4
Today, we conclude our journey through the book of Romans. What a journey it has been! Romans is a book that must be reread again and again. It is a book that requires much study, for there are many layers to the book. Paul is in Corinth, really wanting to go to Rome; but, Paul had received a significant financial gift, sorely needed, for the church in Jerusalem which he needed to deliver. Paul wrote the letter you have just finished reading, to the church in Rome. In these final chapters, you notice it is a winding down of affairs type of letter. That said the final two chapters of Romans contain some jewels of wisdom.
Take a moment to reach out to God in prayer. Ask Him to give you understanding, true understanding, of our journey through Romans 15-16 today. While you are talking with God you may want to take time to share some of your cares with Him. He cares. Oh, you may want to thank Him for all your blessings! Now open your Bible and read Romans, chapters 15 and 16. We are ready to begin our journey.
Romans 15-16: In chapter 15, Paul cautions mature Christians with regard to their treatment of less mature Christians. A mature Christian is to help less mature Christians overcome the burdens and obstacles which challenge their growth as Christians. This does not mean to overlook sin. It means to help the immature Christian overcome sin, leading them to a deeper more mature relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul writes of his desire to visit Rome. Paul concludes his letter, sending out a personal greeting to all who have been helpful in his ministry. In the midst of these greetings, Paul cautions the church in Rome to be on the lookout for false teachers. Paul warns the church in Rome that false teachers will cause discord. He warns that they are seeking personal gratification and financial gain. Paul warns: stay away from them! They are not serving the Lord but themselves. (Romans 15:1-16:27)
Our focus verse for today is:
4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
(Romans 15:4, NIV)
Today we conclude our journey through the book of Romans with a verse that summarizes how Paul measures the quality and character of his life. He measured it by the Scriptures. How do you measure the quality and character of your life? Even if you are just learning about God, now, you can answer this question: how do you measure the quality and character of your life? Do you read tarot cards? Do you consult an astrologer? How do you do it?! Today’s journey through the book of Romans concludes with this question: Are the Holy Scriptures the measure of the quality and character of your life?
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