Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Romans 10:5 -13

5 Moses explained how the law could help a person do what God requires. He said, “The one who does those things will live by them.” (Leviticus 18:5) 6 But the way to do what God requires must begin by having faith in him. Scripture says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’” (Deuteronomy 30:12) That means to go up into heaven and bring Christ down. 7 “And do not say, ‘Who will go down into the grave?’” (Deuteronomy 30:13) That means to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart.” (Deuteronomy 30:14) That means the word we are preaching. You must put your faith in it. 9 Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved. 10 With your heart you believe and are made right with God. With your mouth you say that Jesus is Lord. And so you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16) 12 There is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is Lord of all. He richly blesses everyone who calls on him. 13 Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Joel 2:32)

Verse 1 and the early part of verse 2 in the Message Bible say this: “Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy … every detail of life regulated by fine print! 6 But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story …”

Paul points out what is painfully obvious to me – that living right before God – to the letter of the law is difficult – actually it is impossible! Why do I try…. when trusting God to “shape the right living in me” is a way better option?

The end of Verse 8 reminds me “It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us.”

I am more and more aware of how I struggle to accept the simplicity of God’s grace – His enabling power at work in me. Without His Word – the Bible – and the company of fellow followers of Jesus – I would be chained to a law-following religious approach to my relationship with God.

I thank You God again today that You know me and constantly remind me of who You are, what You have done and what You are doing in me. I choose again, with the word of faith on my lips and in my heart, to welcome You to shape right living in me.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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