"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Romans 12

4For (J)just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

5so we, (K)who are many, are (L)one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

6Since we have gifts that (M)differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if (N)prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

7if (O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching;

8or he who (Q)exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [a](R)liberality; (S)he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with (T)cheerfulness.

9Let (U)love be without hypocrisy (V)Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

10Be (W)devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another (X)in honor;

11not lagging behind in diligence, (Y)fervent in spirit, (Z)serving the Lord;

12(AA)rejoicing in hope, (AB)persevering in tribulation, (AC)devoted to prayer,

13(AD)contributing to the needs of the saints, (AE)practicing hospitality.

14(AF)Bless those who persecute [b]you; bless and do not curse.

15(AG)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

16(AH)Be of the same mind toward one another; (AI)do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly (AJ)Do not be wise in your own estimation.

17(AK)Never pay back evil for evil to anyone (AL)Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

18If possible, (AM)so far as it depends on you, (AN)be at peace with all men.

19(AO)Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "(AP)VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

20"(AQ)BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD."

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

WOW! There is so much here to be challenged by. If every Christian were living out these verses the church would be transformed dramatically. I am challenged to use my giftings to do what God has intended for me. The two areas I feel God has gifted me and is calling me to are 7if (O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching; May God bless the giftings HE HAS PROVIDED...and may I always acknowledge they are from him. Amen!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Romans 11

26and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
"(AQ)THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,
HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."
27"(AR)THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,
(AS)WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS."

28From the standpoint of the gospel they are (AT)enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for (AU)the sake of the fathers;

29for the gifts and the (AV)calling of God (AW)are irrevocable.

30For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,

31so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.

32For (AX)God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

33Oh, the depth of (AY)the riches both of the (AZ)wisdom and knowledge of God! (BA)How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

34For (BB)WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?

35Or (BC)WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?

36For (BD)from Him and through Him and to Him are all things (BE)To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

So grateful for God's mercy on Israel and us. I am so glad to be part of his family, to be called by him. He does recieve the glory forever.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Starting life journing and sharing with the world- Romans 10

So, I am committing to be better about reading the Word and writing about it. Today is:

Romans 10: 11For the Scripture says, "O)">(O)WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."

This verse sticks out to me. In my lack of witness, I often think people will disdain Christ or not have a good experience with the church. But, whoever truly believes in Christ will not be disappointed. This is an encouragement for me to be better about sharing my faith.