Friday 30 June, 2017

Romans 13:1-7

13 All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged. 3 If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right, and you will be praised. 4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong. 5 You must obey the authorities. Then you will not be punished. You must also obey them because you know it is right. 6 That’s also why you pay taxes. The authorities serve God. Ruling takes up all their time. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them. Do you owe taxes? Then pay them. Do you owe anything else to the government? Then pay it. Do you owe respect? Then give it. Do you owe honor? Then show it.

It is interesting to read this in light of today’s political climate, local and global.

Firstly, everyone MUST submit to governing authorities. So often we hear people say “I didn’t vote for them” like its not their fault that a particular politician is in office. But the authorities that exist have been established by God (v1)

Secondly, v7 give everyone what you owe them: pay taxes and fees, give respect and honour to those in authority.

Most of our political leaders are getting something other than honour and respect. Some would say they deserve what they get. But Paul’s instruction is without qualification.

Paul also says in 1 Tim 2 to pray for our leaders.

Paul wrote this in the time of Caesar’s like Nero who blamed Christians for the burning of Rome. Our leaders haven’t reached this depth, hopefully they don’t. But even if they do….

Today, regardless of the headline or tweet, whether we agree with their decisions or not, take time to pray for all our political leaders, regardless of their allegiance or policies. Pray for wisdom, compassion and boldness to make right godly decisions.

Written by Andrew Martin

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Thursday 29 June, 2017

Romans 12:9-21

9 Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. 10 Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. 11 Stay excited about your faith as you serve the Lord. 12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. 14 Bless those who hurt you. Bless them, and do not curse them. 15 Be joyful with those who are joyful. Be sad with those who are sad. 16 Agree with one another. Don’t be proud. Be willing to be a friend of people who aren’t considered important. Don’t think that you are better than others. 17 Don’t pay back evil with evil. Be careful to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 If possible, live in peace with everyone. Do that as much as you can. 19 My dear friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the God who judges people. I will pay them back,” (Deuteronomy 32:35) says the Lord. 20 Do just the opposite. Scripture says, “If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on their heads.” (Proverbs 25:21,22) 21 Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good.

This fantastic passage centres on active love – not a warm feeling, but a conscious action to bless.

Paul unpacks love in the context of our church community in verses 9-13. I get the picture of a rich community, sharing highs, lows, joys and problems. This is a love that requires commitment, a love that will cost.

Paul then focuses on our reaction to evil. I’m thinking of that kind of evil that eats away at my spirit, that makes me feel worthless. It zaps me of energy. The response of Christ’s followers is to cultivate peace, not seek retribution. Petersen, in The Message, puts it in such a challenging way – “discover beauty in everyone” v 17. I’m going to find that hard. I know there is not much chance by my own energy and inclination, but praying for enemies (ie., people who treat me badly, take me for granted, or even take advantage of me) and doing an act of kindness will bless them. v 20 promises these acts will bring about a stirring of repentance as the enemy’s conscience and remorse is awakened, just like heaping up glowing coals and blowing on them sparks a flame. And God our heavenly Father is waiting for open hearts.

Thank you Lord that you promise my kindness to those who act against me will have a profound effect. I know that by your Spirit you will show me the beauty in everyone. Open my eyes. Thank you. Amen

Written by Claire Moore

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  1. Kim says:

    What a great passage to read this morning. What beautiful reminders about how to treat others, hard, yes but the best way! I am so grateful for a righteousness and just God who knows the best way to judge, not me.

  2. Linda Quinn says:

    V11 “Stay excited about your faith as you serve the Lord.”
    I am struck by this verse amongst all these others. For me – loving people can drain me when I love from the shallow well of my own efforts. This can drain my excitement for serving God. Here is an excellent remedy to becoming weary and empty – I’m called to love like Jesus – work in an opposite spirit – and the only way to do this is to receive the love of God, regularly and deeply.
    Lord – fill me again from your inexhaustible wells – deeply refresh and renew me with Your love so I can love those around me and see You change lives!

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Wednesday 28 June, 2017

Romans 12:3-8

3 God’s grace has been given to me. So here is what I say to every one of you. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you should. Be reasonable when you think about yourself. Keep in mind the faith God has given to each of you. 4 Each of us has one body with many parts. And the parts do not all have the same purpose. 5 So also we are many persons. But in Christ we are one body. And each part of the body belongs to all the other parts. 6 We all have gifts. They differ according to the grace God has given to each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it according to the faith you have. 7 If your gift is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. 8 Is it encouraging others? Then encourage them. Is it giving to others? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.

It’s interesting that the stern warning in verse 3 “don’t think you are better than you are” comes straight after the admonition to be transformed by changing the way you think. V2. It’s also interesting that Paul should then go on to list a bunch of actions like prophesying, serving, giving, teaching, encouraging and leading. There’s a link between thinking rightly and serving effectively.

Sometimes I’m doing a job but my mind is elsewhere. I’m doing a mundane task but in my head and heart I’m doing something else, something better or more exciting or will get more accolades. The task at hand always suffers.

Church can be like that sometimes. Eg. I think I should be preaching to the masses but instead cleaning the toilets. But there’s no room for envy in God’s house. As a wise man once said “the only thing on offer in the church is service”.

I think that’s what Paul’s getting at here in this passage – “don’t think too highly of yourself, work out what gift you’ve got to serve God with, then get on with it.”

Thank you Lord for your Church, the sacred and precious body of Jesus, and the blessing that a wretch like me gets to be involved. Whatever you want Lord, any job at all, I’ll do it gladly and keep my mind on the job.   Amen

Written by Boudy VanNoppen

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  1. Linda Quinn says:

    Thanks B
    I love how after calling us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice which is an individual call – He then calls us to community – a call to a life of serving together.
    “5 So also we are many persons. But in Christ we are one body. And each part of the body belongs to all the other parts.”
    Thank you Lord for planting me into Your church – I am not serving You alone – I am serving Your in great company – with Your people.

  2. Claire Moore says:

    One of the gifts he lists is “giving freely”! Never noticed that! I know people who are such generous givers… they re so encouraging. Now I know they are gifted! The image of the parts belonging to each other also speaks to me- we are intended to be in this community like Ps Linda says. This is where we will function best, reach our potential.

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Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Romans 12:1-2

12 Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him in the right way. 2 Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.

As a young Christian (quite awhile ago now!) these verses had a big impact on me. I committed them to memory and they have become foundational verses in my life as I’ve attempted to live out what it means to offer myself to God as a “living sacrifice” and not be “conformed to the pattern of this world”.

More recently I have been reading these verses in The Message version of the Bible, and it’s brought a fresh perspective to what had become quite familiar to me.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”  (The Message)

The phrase “don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking” is quite challenging! Living life close to God is not like a calm pool where we can sit back and float. We live in a world that is like a current that flows away from God. If we are not actively seeking to draw closer to Him, we will get pulled in the opposite direction whether we are aware of it or not.

It’s a continual challenge to find fresh ways to look at God’s Word and to challenge my thinking. Lately I’ve found it very helpful to listen to preaching podcasts in the car on the way home from work – in particular Timothy Keller, who is a very inspiring and thought-provoking Bible teacher.

Can I encourage you today to join me in looking for new ways to read/hear God’s Word? …”Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out”

Written by Shelly Witt

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  1. Linda Quinn says:

    So good Shelley – I love the Message Version. I love that God isn’t asking for something “extra” from us –
    “Take your everyday, ordinary life” – He wants us to live our everyday life – who we are (not who we think we “should” be) for Him, eyes fixed on Him. I can do that, one day at a time – drawing closer to Him, choosing to give myself over to His will, His ways and His plans. Spending time with Him, “marinating” in His presence – allowing it to bring out the “God flavours” in me is a sacrifice that is pleasing to Him. So good!

  2. Justin Ware says:

    I had a revelation about this verse recently. Like Shelley, I have had this verse committed to memory for a number of years, but I read it with the 21st century cultural eyes perspective says that we are first thinking things.

    I recently read a Christian book that put forward a concept that the way the bible is written, suggests that we are first “desiring beings” and second to that, thinking things. This book has shown me that it is often the hearts desire, not the thinking pattern, that needs to first change when I have a revelation from the Holy Spirit about my own behaviour that needs to change, or when someone approaches me and shows me that what I have done was wrong.

    There is a couple of clues in this verse that affirms that the bible’s perspective might be that we are desiring beings first and thinking things second. Verse 1 and verse 2 seem to be disconnected without this perspective- what does worship and sacrifice have to do with renewing the mind? Once I realised that my desires actually lead my thoughts (rather than the other way around) this passage made more sense.

    First I have to desire God deeply enough to lay down all my own desires. This is true worship. Only then will I actually be able to have the power to resist conformity to the world and have my mind truly renewed.

    Lord, thankyou for showing me the joy and benefit of deeply desiring you.

  3. Kim says:

    I will join you in that challenge Shelly! Thanks for your thoughts. Lord help me as well immerse myself in the word & continue to see the world through Gods lenses, not the current worldview.

  4. Megan Cornell says:

    I love your analogy of the current Shelley! You’ve captured the essence of actively pursuing God so well. Thank you.

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Monday 26 June, 2017

Romans 11:25-36

25 Brothers and sisters, here is a mystery I want you to understand. It will keep you from being proud. Part of Israel has refused to obey God. That will continue until the full number of Gentiles has entered God’s kingdom. 26 In this way all Israel will be saved. It is written, “The God who saves will come from Mount Zion. He will remove sin from Jacob’s family. 27 Here is my covenant with them. I will take away their sins.” (Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9; Jeremiah 31:33,34) 28 As far as the good news is concerned, the people of Israel are enemies. This is for your good. But as far as God’s choice is concerned, the people of Israel are loved. This is because of God’s promises to the founders of our nation. 29 God does not take back his gifts. He does not change his mind about those he has chosen. 30 At one time you did not obey God. But now you have received mercy because Israel did not obey. 31 In the same way, Israel has not been obeying God. But now they receive mercy because of God’s mercy to you. 32 God has found everyone guilty of not obeying him. So now he can have mercy on everyone. Praise to God 33 How very rich are God’s wisdom and knowledge! How he judges is more than we can understand! The way he deals with people is more than we can know! 34 “Who can ever know what the Lord is thinking? Or who can ever give him advice?” (Isaiah 40:13) 35 “Has anyone ever given anything to God, so that God has to pay them back?” (Job 41:11) 36 All things come from him. All things are directed by him. All things are for his praise. May God be given the glory forever! Amen.

God’s plan. Often when I think about God’s plan, I immediately think about God’s plan for my life. What does he have planned for my family, for my career, for my ministry…etc.

Here is God’s plan – to have mercy on all, so that some might respond to his grace and become His people. He has not forgotten the Jews and He has shown he cares just as much about the rest of the world as well (Gentiles).

God’s plan is global, spans all history and will not be thwarted. His wisdom in carrying it out is perfect but unsearchable. Does God have a plan for my life? Yes!

But it only makes sense in the context of this big plan.

Lord, you love me, care for me, search for me. But you have made me part of a plan that is far bigger than me.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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  1. Linda Quinn says:

    36 All things come from him. All things are directed by him. All things are for his praise. May God be given the glory forever!

    Your sovereignty God is so comforting. Help me remember that You are in charge – You are directing all things. I can’t see the big picture – help me keep my eyes steadfastly on You – so that when the world around me shakes – I will be on solid ground – eyes fixed on you – heart confident that You are in control and I don’t have to be afraid or take charge.

  2. Justin James Ware says:

    Verse 25 opens with “here is a mystery that I want you to understand.”

    So often I flip between the extremes when it comes to wanting to know God – either I want to completely hold the rules and rationale of how he operates, or I just want to push away my responsibility in understanding Him by saying – “this is too complex – God is just mysterious and I’ll never understand.”

    This verse though hints that neither approach is correct. I am reminded today afresh that I need to both accept the majesty and complexity and mystery of His ways, and also continue to always seek Him and strive to know Him, even if that knowing is only a fragment of His whole. In further reflecting, I am reminded that God is not a system of rules and formulae – He is a personal being and as such the knowing and understanding that we have of him is relational, not functionally driven.

    Lord, thankyou that your word is alive and reveals not only who you are, but also who I am in you.

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Sunday 25 June, 2017

Romans 11:11-24

11 Again, here is what I ask. The Israelites didn’t trip and fall once and for all time, did they? Not at all! Because Israel sinned, the Gentiles can be saved. That will make Israel jealous of them. 12 Israel’s sin brought riches to the world. Their loss brings riches to the Gentiles. So then what greater riches will come when all Israel turns to God! 13 I am talking to you who are not Jews. I am the apostle to the Gentiles. So I take pride in the work I do for God and others. 14 I hope somehow to stir up my own people to want what you have. Perhaps I can save some of them. 15 When they were not accepted, it became possible for the whole world to be brought back to God. So what will happen when they are accepted? It will be like life from the dead. 16 The first handful of dough that is offered is holy. This makes all of the dough holy. If the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 Some of the natural branches have been broken off. You are a wild olive branch. But you have been joined to the tree with the other branches. Now you enjoy the life-giving sap of the olive tree root. 18 So don’t think you are better than the other branches. Remember, you don’t give life to the root. The root gives life to you. 19 You will say, “Some branches were broken off so that I could be joined to the tree.” 20 That’s true. But they were broken off because they didn’t believe. You stand only because you do believe. So don’t be proud, but tremble. 21 God didn’t spare the natural branches. He won’t spare you either. 22 Think about how kind God is! Also think about how firm he is! He was hard on those who stopped following him. But he is kind to you. So you must continue to live in his kindness. If you don’t, you also will be cut off. 23 If the people of Israel do not continue in their unbelief, they will again be joined to the tree. God is able to join them to the tree again. 24 After all, weren’t you cut from a wild olive tree? Weren’t you joined to an olive tree that was taken care of? And wasn’t that the opposite of how things should be done? How much more easily will the natural branches be joined to their own olive tree!

Christianity has its roots in Judaism there is no doubt.  Paul reminds us that Christianity originated as a sect of Judaism and that we dare not become presumptuous or arrogant about the origins or practice of our faith, as if the Jews have no part in God’s plan of Salvation.  Clearly salvation came through Jesus, a Jew.  SO what of now if so many Jews continue to look for a Messiah who we know has already come.  We are not to ‘look down our noses at them’, we are not to pity them.  We need to recognise that we are grafted into their tree and be thankful as a result.

Religious arrogance has been a continuing problem for many over the years.  It has caused war and division all too often.  As Christians we are called to reach out with love to all, including all of differing faith contexts.  We are to do so without arrogance but with an appeal to Christ.  We are to reach out to people with gentleness and respect, love acceptance and forgiveness.

Father, help us to always reach out to others, of any context, including others of differing faiths with gentleness and respect.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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Saturday 24 June, 2017

Romans 11:1-10

11 So here is what I ask. Did God turn his back on his people? Not at all! I myself belong to Israel. I am one of Abraham’s children. I am from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God didn’t turn his back on his people. After all, he chose them. Don’t you know what Scripture says about Elijah? He complained to God about Israel. 3 He said, “Lord, they have killed your prophets. They have torn down your altars. I’m the only one left. And they are trying to kill me.” (1 Kings 19:10,14) 4 How did God answer him? God said, “I have kept 7,000 people for myself. They have not bowed down to Baal.” (1 Kings 19:18) 5 Some are also faithful today. They have been chosen by God’s grace. 6 And if they are chosen by grace, then they can’t work for it. If that were true, grace wouldn’t be grace anymore. 7 What should we say then? The people of Israel did not receive what they wanted so badly. Those Israelites who were chosen did receive it. But the rest of the people were made stubborn. 8 It is written, “God made it hard for them to understand. He gave them eyes that could not see. He gave them ears that could not hear. And they are still like that today.” (Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10) 9 David says, “Let their feast be a trap and a snare. Let them trip and fall. Let them get what’s coming to them. 10 Let their eyes grow dark so they can’t see. Let their backs be bent forever.” (Psalm 69:22,23)

As we look at the news, the world events, all the chaos, brokenness and trauma – we may wonder is God in control, has He taken His hands off the world and let it reap what it has been sowing for years.  BUT GOD, He is still very much in control and this passage reminds us of that.

God has too much invested in His people and the world to let them go….  There is a remnant (fiercely loyal minority) always left, who is not thinking of self-interest but continues with the pursuit of proclaiming life in Jesus, freedom in Jesus and allowing God to use them to share Jesus to the world.

Jesus gave His life for us, and we are to give our lives for our community.  We are the only Bible some people will ever read.

Like this passage below us – As we allow God to ‘make us’ into all He wants us to be – we become those who let God pursue His interest in us.

Romans 11 v 5 – 6 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

The Message: When Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed.  The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue His interest in them…

Lord help me to become all you want me to be.  Help me to be like Jesus to those around me that they could see your love, grace and mercy flowing from me.  Please change me and make me more like you.  Use me Lord to reach your people and those who don’t know you yet.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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Friday 23 June, 2017

Romans 10:14-21

14 How can they call on him unless they believe in him? How can they believe in him unless they hear about him? How can they hear about him unless someone preaches to them? 15 And how can anyone preach without being sent? It is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Isaiah 52:7) 16 But not all the people of Israel accepted the good news. Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” (Isaiah 53:1) 17 So faith comes from hearing the message. And the message that is heard is the message about Christ. 18 But I ask, “Didn’t the people of Israel hear?” Of course they did. It is written, “Their voice has gone out into the whole earth. Their words have gone out from one end of the world to the other.” (Psalm 19:4) 19 Again I ask, “Didn’t Israel understand?” First, Moses says, “I will use people who are not a nation to make you jealous. I will use a nation that has no understanding to make you angry.” (Deuteronomy 32:21) 20 Then Isaiah boldly speaks about what God says. God said, “I was found by those who were not trying to find me. I made myself known to those who were not asking for me.” (Isaiah 65:1) 21 But Isaiah also speaks about what God says concerning Israel. God said, “All day long I have held out my hands. I have held them out to a stubborn people who do not obey me.” (Isaiah 65:2)

In this passage Paul references Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Do I see myself as being beautiful in bringing the good news of Christ? Or do I feel that I am stepping on people’s toes, unwelcome, unwanted, making public something that should be kept private? Yet if I look at Isaiah 52:7 the picture is of Israel oppressed by a foreign power, and the good news is that God is coming to comfort and save His people. The messenger that brings this news would be seen as beautiful, for the message is of freedom and hope.

Lord, please help me to see myself as beautiful in bringing the good news of Jesus to those around me. Help me to recognise and be confident that I am bringing a message of freedom from oppression and hope. Paul preached your good news with boldness and courage, yet not all who heard the message came to faith in Jesus. Help me not to lose heart when people reject your good news, help me to stay strong, knowing that some will accept the freedom and hope you offer and it will transform their lives. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Thursday 22 June, 2017

Romans 10:5-13

5 Moses writes about how the law could help a person do what God requires. He writes, “The person who does these 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 message is near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart.” (Deuteronomy 30:14) This means the message about faith that we are preaching. 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 what you believe. And so you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “The one who believes 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)

It’s no good if I say all the right things, but God’s word isn’t in my heart. Neither is it any good if I believe in him passionately in my heart but never express that in word and action. Neither superficial nor secret: It has to be both fundamental to my innermost core and outwardly expressed in my life.

Belief in my heart is essential to coming into a right relationship with God. Speaking out that truth is essential to being saved for eternal life.

Similarly James 2:26 says that I’m kidding myself if I think I have faith in my heart but it’s not expressed in how I act. Galatians 5:22-3 says that the Holy Spirit in my heart is inevitably expressed as his character in my life.

I’m challenged by the importance of speaking out the truth about Jesus. I’m also encouraged that God’s promises are for everyone. What I say needs to be sensitive, but it will never be useless.

Written by David Cornell

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Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Romans 9:30-10:4

30 What should we say then? Gentiles did not look for a way to be right with God. But they found it by having faith. 31 The people of Israel tried to obey the law to make themselves right with God. But they didn’t reach their goal of being right with God. 32 Why not? Because they tried to do it without faith. They tried to be right with God by what they did. They tripped over the stone that causes people to trip and fall. 33 It is written, “Look! In Zion I am laying a stone that causes people to trip. It is a rock that makes them fall. The one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16) 10 Brothers and sisters, with all my heart I long for the people of Israel to be saved. I pray to God for them. 2 I can tell you for certain that they really want to serve God. But how they are trying to do it is not based on knowledge. 3 They didn’t know that God’s power makes people right with himself. They tried to get right with God in their own way. They didn’t do it in God’s way. 4 Christ has fulfilled everything the law was meant to do. So now everyone who believes can be right with God.

Have you ever been supremely confident that you knew the answer to a question only to find you had completely misunderstood and were wrong. The Jews were missing the mark because they failed to recognise Jesus as the messiah, where the Gentiles were instead gaining salvation by faith. They were confident but wrong.

It begs the question: are there areas in my life where I smugly think I’ve got it all sorted but I have not understand that God requires of me? The obvious answer is most likely yes! However I don’t believe God tries to correct everything at once in our lives. It is my experience that God works on our misconceptions one at a time. It is up to us to be open to God working in us and to not be stubborn or short-sighted like the Jews. The moment I limit my faith to just what I think I know, is the moment when I start to miss out on all that God has planned for me. I want my life in Christ to be full of all that He has planned for me. I need to be brave, and trust God and be open to the Holy Spirit.

Lord forgive me for the times when I limit your work in my heart. Help me Lord to hear your voice. Holy Spirit work in my life. Show me, Lord, areas where I restrict you and help my faith to grow and be stretched. Lord help me to be open to your call on my life and help me to bring glory to your name in all things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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