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Romans 1:21 - Dark and Confused

Romans 1:21

"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (NASB)

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (KJV)

"Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused." (NLT)

G1097
γινω?σκω
gino?sko?

Thayer Definition:

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
1a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
2a) to understand
2b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
Part of Speech: verb

Even the words of “Marcus Tullius Cicero,” the Roman philosopher and politician in the waning years of the Roman Republic, (de Natura Deorum, lib. ii. c. 6) will show that they had the knowledge of one God.  “There is something in the nature of things, which the mind of man, which reason, which human power cannot effect; and certainly what produces this must be better than man.  What can this be called but “God?...What can be so plain and manifest, when we look at heaven, and contemplate heavenly things, as that there is some divinity of most excellent mind, by which these things are governed?”

The process outlined herein is this:
(1) That people had the knowledge of God.
(2) that they refused to honor him when they knew him, and were opposed to his character and government.
(3) that they were ungrateful.
(4) that they then began to doubt, to reason, to speculate, and wandered far into darkness.

Isn't this who we are today? We wander away from God. We have the knowledge of God, but we do not love him; and since we are dissatisfied with his character and government, we begin to speculate, fall into error, and then “find no end in wandering mazes lost1,” and sink into the depths of heresy and of sin.

1Milton, Paradise Lost, II. 560-1

"Jesus answered them, 'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.'" (Mat 13:11 NASB)

"and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (Eph 3:19 NASB)

Oh how thankful is my heart to know Christ and to see the vast pit from whence I was saved.  Elation of my inner being gushes forth into praise hallelujahs that cannot be restrained.  In the midst of my sin darkened heart burns a flame unquenchable the essence of a pure and holy love that stooped to save a "wretch like me!"  Maranatha!

Romans 1:20 - The Witness of Creation

Romans 1:20

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (NASB)

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" (KJV)

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (NLT)

The invisible things of God refer to that which cannot be perceived by the senses.  It is not an implication that His divine character can be seen by the eye but that there are things about Him that we may discover.

We all have our reasons in life for not knowing God.  We are raised in a society that considers science to have fully enlightened the world.  We are, after all, Americans and we put men on the Moon.  But from where did the Moon come?  I guess it must be the arrogance that lives in my heart that would allow me to think that the orderliness that exists in the universe is a matter of "natural selection" or the descendent of the primordial soup.  But I am without excuse because the handiwork of Almighty God is displayed for my eyes to see.  The more I look the more wondrous it becomes.  The bigger the telescope or the stronger the microscope the larger and more complex the questions to be answered.

Romans 1:19 - God has made himself known to all

Romans 1:19

"because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them." (NASB)

"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them." (KJV)

"They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them." (NLT)

Luke 8:17 "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light."

1Co 3:13 "each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work."

1Co 11:19 "For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you."

1Co 14:25 "the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you."

Gal 5:19 "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,"

Php 1:13 "so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,"

1Jn 3:10 "By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother."

G5318
φανερο?ς
phaneros
fan-er-os'

From G5316; shining, that is, apparent (literally or figuratively); neuter (as adverb) publicly, externally: - abroad, + appear, known, manifest, open [+ -ly], outward ([+ -ly]).

As medical science begins to understand the rudiments of the complexities of the human genome, we begin to see how the King of Glory has written his word upon our hearts and perhaps within every living cell in our being. Whether I look within or look without, I see the evidence of God written everywhere, not because I am observant, but because he has made it known. Thank you Heavenly Father that you are not hidden but apparent to all the world, and that you made yourself know to me a lowly sinner. How huge and magnificent is your Grace!

Romans 1:18 - The Wrath of God Revealed

Romans 1:18

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness," (NASB)

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" (KJV)

"But God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness." (NLT)

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (NASB)

Luke 3:7 "So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (NASB)

Luke 21:23 "Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;" (NASB)

Romans 2:5 "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God," (NASB)

"The Word of God continues to stand in the World. The cross of Christ, although it occurred nineteen hundred years ago, continues to stand as the great witness to the wrath of God. Similarly, the wrath of God is being revealed continuously upon those who break the laws of God in nature. It is a standing revelation" Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace.

"Notice the object of God's wrath. Paul, in two words, has summed up all of human sin, placing it in two great divisions: ungodliness and unrighteousness. 'Ungodliness' is a sin against the being of God. Man is not only a moral sinner (he is unrighteous), but man is a religious sinner (he is ungodly). The unrighteous man live as if there were no will of God revealed; the ungodly man lives as if there were no God." Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace.

1. Divine Wrath:
Wrath is used with reference to both God and man.  When used of God it is to be understood that there is the complete absence of that caprice and unethical quality so prominent in the anger attributed to the gods of the heathen and to man.  The divine wrath is to be regarded as the natural expression of the divine nature, which is absolute holiness, manifesting itself against the willful, high-handed, deliberate, inexcusable sin and iniquity of mankind.  God's wrath is always regarded in the Scripture as the just, proper, and natural expression of His holiness and righteousness which must always, under all circumstances, and at all costs be maintained.  It is therefore a righteous indignation and compatible with the holy and righteous nature of God (Num 11:1-10; Deu 29:27; 2Sa 6:7; Isa 5:25; Isa 42:25; Jer 44:6; Psa 79:6).  The element of love and compassion is always closely connected with God's anger; if we rightly estimate the divine anger we must unhesitatingly pronounce it to be but the expression and measure of that love (compare Jer 10:24; Ezek 23; Amo 3:2).  International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

When I see that I have been delivered from an abandonment in hell, the exhortation of Paul, "So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;", becomes more sobering in the midst of this chaotic world.  Grace becomes larger still when I consider that my very presence is, in the flesh, an offense against God's perfect holiness and righteousness.  I am blessed beyond an ability to express in words the thankfulness in a heart redeemed.  Heavenly Father let my mind ponder these thoughts throughout the day that I might in some small way comprehend, in some small way, the length and breadth of your love.

Romans 1:17 - God's Righteousness Revealed

Romans 1:17

"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.'" (NASB)

"For therein is the G1343 righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The G1342 just shall live by faith." (KJV)

"This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.'" (NLT)

G1343  (Strong)

δικαιοσυ?νη
dikaiosune?
dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay
From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.

G1342  (Strong)

δι?καιος
dikaios
dik'-ah-yos
From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): - just, meet, right (-eous). 

Righteousness (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

ri?´chus-nes (?????, caddi?k?, adjective, “righteous,” or occasionally “just” ???, cedhek?, noun, occasionally = “riahteousness,” occasionally = “justice”; δικαιος, di?kaios, adjective, δικαιοσυ?νη, dikaiosu?ne?, noun, from δι?κη, di?ke?, whose first meaning seems to have been “custom”; the general use suggested conformity to a standard: righteousness, “the state of him who is such as he ought to be”

Righteousness (Noah Webster)

RIGHTEOUSNESS, n. ri'chusness.  1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.  2. Applied to God, the perfection or holiness of his nature; exact rectitude; faithfulness.  3. The active and passive obedience of Christ, by which the law of God is fulfilled. Dan 9.  4. Justice; equity between man and man. Luke 1.  5. The cause of our justification.  The Lord our righteousness. Jer 23.

 

Our misery and ruin being the product and consequent of our iniquity, that which will show us the way of salvation must needs show us the way of justification, and this the gospel does. The gospel makes known a righteousness. While God is a just and holy God, and we are guilty sinners, it is necessary we should have a righteousness wherein to appear before him; and, blessed be God, there is such a righteousness brought in by Messiah the prince (Dan_9:24) and revealed in the gospel; a righteousness, that is, a gracious method of reconciliation and acceptance, notwithstanding the guilt of our sins. Mathew Henry (1662 - 1714)

Righteousness by Faith  Orville J. Nave (1841-1917), A.M., D.D., LL.D. (Army Chaplain)  Go Army!

Genesis 15:6 "And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith." (NLT)

Romans 4:3 "For the Scriptures tell us, 'Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.'" (NLT)

Romans 4:5 "But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (NLT)

Romans 4:9 "Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles? Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith." (NLT)

Romans 4:11 "Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith." (NLT)

Romans 4:13 "For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith." (NASB)

Romans 4:22 "And because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous. (NLT)

Romans 4:24 "for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in Him, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead." (NLT)

In Christ we have all that we require. His Gospel reveals His righteousness whose purpose is our redemption, transformation, and adoption. The concept that began the reformation, that we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone.  Dear Heavenly Father how amazing is your love. It is like the words of the song:

The love of God has been extended to a fallen race,
Through Christ the savior of all men, there's hope in saving grace

The Love of God is greater far, than gold or silver ever could afford,
It reaches past the highest star and covers all the world!
His power is eternal..eternal, His glory is supernal..supernal!
When all this earth shall pass away, there'll always be the Love of God!

It goes beneath the deepest stain that sin could ever leave,
Redeeming souls to live again, who will, on Christ believe- will believe!

The love of God is greater far, than gold or silver, ever could afford,
It reaches past the highest star, and covers all the world!
His power is eternal...eternal! His glory is supernal...supernal!
When all this earth shall pass away, there'll always be, the Love Of God!  (Bill Gaither)

 

From faith to faith; that is, as say some, from the faith of God to the faith of men; from the faith of preachers to the faith of hearers; from the faith of the Old to the faith of the New Testament saints; or rather from one degree of faith to another; for faith, as it grows and increases, has clearer sights of this righteousness, as held forth in the Gospel. For the proof of this, a passage of Scripture is cited, Habakkuk 2:4 Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)

 

Romans 1:16 - Not Ashamed

Romans 1:16

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (NASB)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (KJV)

"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile." (NLT)

This is probably one of the most profound verses in Scripture.  The nugget that first strikes me here is the use of the phrase "I am not ashamed."  Paul could have said he was "proud."  But then when the English language would come along we could have a wrong notion.  In our language there are two kinds of proud.  There is the pride that is the opposite of being ashamed.  Then there is the pride that is the opposite of humility.

The second nugget is that, "It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes...".  It is NOT the power of Bob IN ANY WAY.  For then salvation wold be Dependant upon the created.  The word for power being dunamis G1411 from which we get words like dynamic, dynamo, and dynamite.  Perhaps we can find all of these concepts.  I not sin destroyed (dynamite)?  Is not a new life created (dynamo)?  Is not this new life ongoing (dynamic)?

"THROUGH false emphasis by many religious leaders, Christianity has become in the estimation of a large part of the public no more than an ethical system.  The revealed fact, however, is that the supreme feature of the Christian faith is that supernatural, saving, transforming work of God, which is made possible through the infinite sacrifice of Christ and which, in sovereign grace, is freely bestowed on all who believe.  God has given instruction to those who are saved, it is true, as to the manner of life which is consistent with their new heavenly calling, and standing in Christ; but in its spiritual blindness, the world, led by its blind leaders, sees in Christianity only the rule of life which is secondary.  The blindness of the world at this point, with the consequent neglect of all that is vital in the Christian faith, is both anticipated and explained in the Word of God." Lewis Sperry Chafer - Grace

"The salvation of our souls is set forth in scripture as a thing of difficulty that requires all our diligence, that is to be worked out with fear and trembling.  We are told that 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,' that 'many are called, but few are chosen.'  And that many will miss of their salvation who seem to have taken some pains to obtain it.  As in these words, 'Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many I say unto you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.'  Here our blessed Lord commands us to strive to enter in because many will fail who only seek to enter.   By which we are plainly taught that religion is a state of labor and striving, and that many will fail of their salvation, not because they took no pains or care about it, but because they did not take pains and care enough; they only sought, but did not strive to enter in."  A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life - William Law

"If we ask the reason why those who have indeed accepted the Saviour, and been made partakers of the renewing of the Holy Ghost, thus come short of the full salvation prepared for them, I am sure the answer will in very many cases be, that ignorance is the cause of the unbelief that fails of the inheritance.  If, in our orthodox Churches, the abiding in Christ, the living union with Him, the experience of His daily and hourly presence and keeping, were preached with the same distinctness and urgency as His atonement and pardon through His blood, I am confident that many would be found to accept with gladness the invitation to such a life, and that its influence would be manifest in their experience of the purity and the power, the love and the joy, the fruit-bearing, and all the blessedness which the Saviour connected with the abiding in Him."  Abide in Christ - Andrew Murray

Romans 1:15 - Prepared

Romans 1:15

"So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome." (NASB)

"So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also." (KJV)

"So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News." (NLT)

"I am ready ... - I am prepared to preach among you, and to show the power of the gospel, even in the splendid metropolis of the world. He was not deterred by any fear; nor was he indifferent to their welfare; but he was under the direction of God. And as far as he gave him opportunity, he was ready to make known to them the gospel, as he had done at Antioch, Ephesus, Athens, and Corinth." Dr. Albert Barnes (1798-1870)

"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" (Ephesians 6:15 KJV)

Preparation
PREPARA'TION, n. [L. proeparatio. See Prepare.]

  1. The act or operation of preparing or fitting for a particular purpose, use, service or condition; as the preparation of land for a crop of wheat; the preparation of troops for a campaign; the preparation of a nation for war; the preparation of men for future happiness. Preparation is intended to prevent evil or secure good.
  2. Previous measures of adaptation.
  3. Ceremonious introduction. [Unusual.] 
  4. That which is prepared, made or compounded for a particular purpose.
  5. The state of being prepared or in readiness; as a nation in good preparation for attack or defense. (Noah Webster)

Ready
READY, a. red'y. [Eng. to rid; redo, ready; rida, to ride; bereda, to prepare. Gr. easy.  The primary sense is to go, move, or advance forward, and it seems to be clear that ready, ride, read, riddle, are all of one family, and probably from the root of L. gradior. See Read and Red.] 

  1. Quick; prompt; not hesitating; as ready wit; a ready consent.
  2. Quick to receive or comprehend; not slow or dull; as a ready apprehension.
  3. Quick in action or execution; dexterous; as an artist ready in his business; a ready writer. Psa 45.
  4. Prompt; not delayed present in hand. He makes ready payment; he pays ready money for every thing he buys.
  5. Prepared; fitted; furnished with what is necessary, or disposed in a manner suited to the purpose; as a ship ready for sea.  My oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Mat 22.
  6. Willing; free; cheerful to do or suffer; not backward or reluctant; as a prince always ready to grant the reasonable requests of his subjects.  The spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14.  I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 21.
  7. Willing; disposed. Men are generally ready to impute blame to others. They are more ready to give than to take reproof.
  8. Being at the point; near; not distant; about to do or suffer.  A Syrian ready to perish was my father. Deu 26. Job 29. Psa 88.
  9. Being nearest or at hand. A sapling pine he wrench'd from out the ground, the readiest weapon that his fury found.
  10. Easy; facile; opportune; short; near, or most convenient; the Greek sense.  Sometimes the readiest way which a wise man has to conquer, is to flee.  Through the wild desert, not the readiest way.  The ready way to be thought mad, is to contend you are not so.

    Readiness and Preparation are no small things.  Yet it is seldom that I deeply ponder my readiness to serve in the Gospel each day in the manner exhorted in the Armor of God.  If I were preparing to head into the war zone of Iraq, I am sure that my mind would be full of the many things that need to be done to ensure a state of readiness that exceeds the level of threat.  Yet the threat I face today is unseen.  What is my part in the preparation and readiness to meet the challenges of this day.  To rise early and prepare to secure good and prevent evil.

    Dear Heavenly Father it seems that the challenges of the day far exceed my abilities for preparedness.  I cannot see the invisible threats and circumstances that may come my way nor the eternal appointments and opportunities. Let my heart rest in you.

Romans 1:14 - My Debt to the World

Romans 1:14

"I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish." (NASB)

"I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise." (KJV)

"For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike." (NLT)

I am not a debtor because of world's favors toward me, rather I am a debtor to the world because of God's special favor toward me! I was dead in sin, foolish and disobedient and washed away my sin and declared me righteous-for no reason-that I would have no reason for boasting. Thank you God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for saving me from my sin. I confess that apart from you there is no good thing within me. Help me today to follow you in all my ways that my path might be straight.

Eph 2:4-10 "But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." (NLT)

Tit 3:3-7 "Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.  But—When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of His grace He declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life." (NLT)

Romans 1:13 - Purposed and Prevented

Romans 1:13

"I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles." (NASB)

"Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles." (KJV)

"I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles." (NLT)

Act 19:21 "Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, 'After I have been there, I must also see Rome.'" (NASB)

Rom 15:22-24 "For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you whenever I go to Spain--for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while--" (NASB)

2Th 2:7 "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." (KJV)

2Th 2:7 "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way." (NASB)

"One of those undesigned coincidences which strongly show that both books are genuine; compare Romans 15:23-24 with Acts 19:21. A forger of these books would not have thought of such a contrivance as to feign such a purpose to go to Rome at that time, and to have mentioned it in that manner. Such coincidences are among the best proofs that can be demanded, that the writers did not intend to impose on the world." Dr. Albert Barnes (1798-1870)

Paul both purposed and was prevented.  A desire of the heart restrained for many years. I find myself in this world where everything is instant, appreciative of desires that are restrained.  Many desires, many good and noble opportunities pass by each day.  But are they the desires of the Savior for my life? Sometimes the circumstances of life dictate our actions for a season.  I had many things planned to accomplish yesterday but was prevented by the trash truck tore down the phone and data lines and took CMF of the air.  Purposed and prevented. I have more to do in any given day than I can ever hope to accomplish.  Yet sometimes circumstances bring a restraint that gives birth to an unseen opportunity.  I received a letter from someone serving in the war that was suffering mightily from the things that no eyes should ever have to see.  My heart was broken for this person's suffering and I was able to pray for them in a way that does not always avail itself.

Thanks dear Heavenly Father that our days are held safe in your arms.  My sight is short but you see the great beyond.  My understanding dim but your wisdom created the universe.  My heart selfish but your Son died on the cross for my salvation.

Romans 1:12 - Mutual Faith

Romans 1:12

"that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine." (NASB)

"That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me." (KJV)

"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." (NLT)

A Common Faith

"There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism," (Eph 4:5 NLT)

"I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share.  May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace." (Titus 1:4 NLT)

"Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.  But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to His holy people." (Jude 1:3 NLT)

"The grace of faith is the same in all the saints, and so is the doctrine of it, as dispensed by Christ's faithful ministers, and experimentally received and embraced by his people; the consideration of which has a very great influence on the comfort and establishment of each other; nor are any so perfect, but they may receive benefit from others, even though inferior to them." Dr. John Gill (1690-1771)

We enjoy comfort from our common faith.  We bring comfort to others and at the same time receive comfort.  It is the fullness of this faith we share in Christ Jesus that is mutual by design because we are all part of the body with Christ as the head.  We are mutually blessed by Christ and each other.  How cool is that?  Way cool.

Thanks Dear Heavenly Father for your design of the faith wherein I walk.  Help me to appreciate my dear brothers and sisters in Christ in a new and special way today that I may both enjoy and impart a blessing.  Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone)


Christian Military Fellowship

An Indigenous Ministry • Discipleship • Prayer • Community • Support
Encouraging Men and Women in the United States Armed Forces, and their families, to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Phone: (800) 798-7875

  • Email: admin@cmfhq.org

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