Thursday's Study of Paul's Letter - GRACE
Today we can finally begin to move forward in our study of the book of Romans. Paul's letters lead us in some basic truths of the faith. I had suggested you read Chapter's one and two to prepare for these discussions. I wrote some opening posts to help you understand the background of this book. If you have not yet read those, please do. You can find them in my archives.
Ok, let's discuss Chapter One of the Book of Romans. Because this book is a letter by Paul, the apostle, the first seven verses are his greeting. Paul lists his credentials and describes himself as a servant of the Most High God, set apart by a calling on his life. He was a gospel preacher and a missionary to the Gentiles. He shares about his Christ.
Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. (Romans 1:5)
Are you longing to see God's hand in your life? Are you feeling weak and helpless? Ask Him for His grace! It is free and He waits for his child to ask for it. As He pours out his grace you will sense his supernatural empowerment. This new effectiveness in your life is to be shared and enables you to "spread faith" through love, mercy and sharing the Grace so freely given to you. A gift so undeserving by any human. Grace is an attribute of our God. It, combined with mercy, is a love so enormous that we has his children often do not fully embrace it. Pray today - Praise Him, thank him, and ask for a refreshing new outpouring of God's amazing grace. Then open your heart and freely accept this love that will empower you to face anything that each day brings. You will have a new hope that will guide your every step. You will face life and its blessings in a new way. Go forth and spread the spread the good news as Paul did in chapter One! There is a freebie that beats any other offer on the web!
"For I am not ashamed of the Good News about Christ." (Romans 1:16)
* Hope Bible for Today printed by Free Press
* Willmington's Complete Guide to Bible Knowledge / New Testament Survey
**Please note that we are in the middle of lots of changes including another move, and recently had a computer crash. I will do my best to consistently post Thursday's studies. For next week, continue to ponder on Chapter 1 and 2. Thank you and I hope this look at Paul's letter to each of us, will be one that empowers you to embrace each new day! My God's grace is what carries us through each trial and adventure.
It is a large part of our HOPE! God bless each of you on your walk.**