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Romans 3:15 - Feet that Shed Blood

Romans 3:15

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,"" (NASB)

"Their feet are swift to shed blood:" (KJV)

"'They rush to commit murder.'" (NLT)

"'Their feet are swift to shed blood,'" (NET)

Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder. They think only about sinning. Misery and destruction always follow them. They don't know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good. They have mapped out crooked roads, and no one who follows them knows a moment's peace.
(Isaiah 59:7-8 NLT)

One does not spend much time in the world before this truth is seen in full measure.  Nations have been quick to shed blood since the beginning.  Paul refers to Isaiah in part to bring forth this truth.  This is the sin of action.  Isaiah is perhaps referring to the times of Manasseh, who shed so much innocent blood, as to fill Jerusalem with it from one end to the other (Dr. John Gill).  Is not this the hidden monsters from the "id" idiosyncrasy that are alive and well within us?  Is not our nation the reflection of the sum of its people?

Impossible?

IMPOSSIBLE?

God's Lemonade Stand

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

God can do anything. Yes He can. He does things for His purposes, His glory, and in His time. HIs plans are greater than our plans. 

Many of you reading this may face a seemingly impossible situation and get impatient and angry with God. How is your prayer life and Bible time? Don't shut Him out. I myself have waited for an answer to prayer and still wait but I know my ways and plans are not God's. When you start to doubt you allow the devil to get a foothold and make you angry, worried or fearful. 

I urge you to keep the faith. Keep believing. Keep praying. Surround yourself with positive people and other prayer warriors to see you through your journey of waiting. God hears you. 

PRAYER: Thanks for another day of life. I thank you for struggles because they help make me stronger. I choose patience and faith while I wait for what man says is impossible. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand
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Romans 3:14 - Bitter Potty Mouth

Romans 3:14

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS'" (NASB)

"Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:" (KJV)

"'Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.'" (NLT)

"'Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.'" (NET)

Cursing - Reproachful and opprobrious language, such as Shimei used in relation to David; 2Sa 16:5, 2Sa 16:7-8. Dr. Albert Barnes

Opprobrious
OPPRO'BRIOUS, a. [See Opprobrium.]

1. Reproachful and contemptuous; scurrilous; as opprobrious language; opprobrious words or terms.

2. Blasted with infamy; despised; rendered hateful; as an opprobrious name.

Psalms 10:7 "Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats. Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues." (NLT)

Jeremiah 2:19 "Your wickedness will bring its own punishment.  Your turning from Me will shame you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the LORD your God and not to fear Him.  I, the Lord, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, have spoken!"

Psalm 59:12 "Because of the sinful things they say, because of the evil that is on their lips, let them be captured by their pride, their curses, and their lies."

Psalm 109:17 "He loved to curse others; now you curse him. He never blessed others; now don't you bless him."

Those whose mouths should be full of sweetness are instead the most bitter.

Romans 3:13 - Poison Lips - Graveyard Throats

Romans 3:13

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS'" (NASB)

"Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:" (KJV)

"'Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.'  'Snake venom drips from their lips.'" (NLT)

"'Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.'" (NET)

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (Luke 6:46)

"My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.  Their tongues are filled with flattery." (Psalm 5:9 NLT)

"Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude" (Psalm 140:3)

Out of the heart, then through the throat, tongue and lips comes the truth of our fallen estate.  If we only knew the grief that each of out thoughts and acts would cause we could see the fulfillment of God's Grace as the indwelling Spirit gives us the strength to choose victory over our lostness.  From graveyard throats to those that sing praises.  What an amazing journey!

The poison of the snake is stored in the small sack at the base of the individual fang.  During the strike the poison is injected into the wound and quickly spreads throughout the body causing great harm and even death.

Mathew 23:33 "Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" (NLT)

Dr. John Gill expresses it thus: ''the throat' is said to 'be an open sepulcher', as in Psalm 5:9, so called, for its voracity and insatiableness; both as an instrument of speech, for the words of the wicked are devouring ones; and as an instrument of swallowing, and so may denote the sinner's eager desire after sin, the delight and pleasure he takes in it, the abundance of it he takes in, and his insatiable greediness for it; likewise for its filthy stench, the communication of evil men being corrupt; and because, as by an open grave, persons may fall unawares to their hurt, so the evil communications of wicked men, as they corrupt good manners, are dangerous and hurtful: R. Aben Ezra explains it by ???? ???, 'immediate destruction', or sudden death."

Attitude

Attitude

Thoughts to Ponder by Doris

Doris Waldrop Mincks
Doris Waldrop Mincks

AI acknowledge that change is the one constant in life, it helps me to accept the inevitable!  Accepting the difficult circumstances in my life with a more positive attitude has helped me to move on.  As I look to the Lord, who mirrored for me how to get on with life in the midst of struggles, I have a better understanding of my circumstances. "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,…" (Philippians 2:5) — "…and let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2)

All true and lasting change occurs from the inside out.  Instead of trying to change the situation or the significant people in my life, I allow God to work on me. Change can be sudden, unexpected, and unwelcome.  Whatever my circumstances, I can choose to accept it and move forward or stay in a "prison of stagnation."  As someone once said:  "It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent.  It is those most adaptive to change."

The stresses of unexpected changes in my life have required me to change.  With the sudden loss of my first husband over eleven years ago, my initial reaction was anger! But then I was able to look to God for strength, and the ability to move beyond myself. His strength became my sufficiency.  I had to come to accept my loss, and once I was able to do so, I had the flexibility and freedom to move on.

All change follows a definable sequence of stages, much like the stages of grief.  Once I came to the place where I could accept my loss, God gave me the freedom to look beyond myself and to see new opportunities.  Some of the following principles that I have applied in my life, I hope will be helpful to you with your life's changes:

1) Learn to be flexible and adaptable.

2) Listen to the right voices!

3) Allow time for quiet reflection with the Lord.

4) Become involved with helping other people with their needs.

5) Stay motivated by working in community with positive thinking people.

We have a secure anchor in the midst of changes!  "For I the Lord do not change," (Malachi 3:6)  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) 

As a military spouse and family counselor, Doris Waldrop Mincks has ministered to military families for many years. Her ministry, Wives of Warriors Worldwide, WOWW, desires to come along side the military community to give encouragement and support to military wives, meeting the life situations unique to them.

Romans 3:12 - Putrid is as Putrid Does

Romans 3:12

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.'" (NASB)

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (KJV)

"'All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.'" (NLT)

"'All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.'" (NET)

They are all gone out of the way - παντες εξεκλιναν, they have all diverged from the right way, they have either abandoned or corrupted the worship of God: the Jews, in forsaking the law and the prophets, and the Gentiles, in acting contrary to the law which God had written on their hearts.  And the departure of both from the truth proves the evil propensity of human nature in general. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

Become unprofitable - This word in Hebrew means to become “putrid” and “offensive,” like fruit that is spoiled.  In Arabic, it is applied to “milk” that becomes sour.  Applied to moral subjects, it means to become corrupt and useless.  They are of no value in regard to works of righteousness. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

"Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.  Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned." (John 15:6 NLT)

Because of our fallen estate, we cannot appreciate how we look from Father's perspective.  Remembering Isaiah's experience and his reaction, "I am a man of unclean lips," we begin to see sin exposed in the light of Glory.  The good news is that the Gospel continues is work in our hearts until it is completed.  Is this not something that is worthy of sharing with those around us?  Of course one must experience Grace to be able to share Grace.  One must know Jesus to be able to introduce Him to those whom we know.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

Romans 3:11 - The Unwise Can't Understand

Romans 3:11

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;" (NASB)

"There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." (KJV)

"No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God." (NLT)

"there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God." (NET)

This becomes the logical result of having a reprobate mind.  We cannot know or understand the depth of our own depravity.  We cannot seek after God because we are still His enemy.  Every fiber of our being is diametrically opposed to the Will of God.

Rom 3:11
There is none that understandeth - In the Hebrew Psa 14:2, God is represented as looking down from heaven to see, that is, to make investigation, whether there were any that understood or sought after him.  This circumstance gives not only high poetic beauty to the passage, but deep solemnity and awfulness. God, the searcher of hearts, is represented as making investigation on this very point.  He looks down from heaven for this very purpose, to ascertain whether there were any righteous.  In the Hebrew it is not asserted, though it is clearly and strongly implied, that none such were found.  That fact the apostle “states.”  If, as the result of such an investigation, none were found; if God did not specify that there were any such; then it follows that there were none.  For none could escape the notice of his eye; and if there had been any, the benevolence of his heart would have led him to record it.  To understand is used in the sense of being wise; or of having such a state of moral feeling as to dispose them to serve and obey God.  The word is often used in the Bible, not to denote a mere intellectual operation of the mind, but the state of the heart inclining the mind to obey and worship God; Psa 107:43; Psa 119:27, Psa 119:100; Pro 5:5; Isa 6:10; “Lest they should understand with their heart,” etc.

That seeketh after God - That endeavors to know and do his will, and to be acquainted with his character.  A disposition not to seek after God, that is, to neglect and forget him, is one of the most decided proofs of depravity.  A righteous man counts it his highest privilege and honor to know God, and to understand his will. A man can indulge in wickedness only by forgetting God.  Hence, a disposition “not” to seek God is full proof of depravity.

Romans 3:10 - Righteousness NOT

Romans 3:10

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;" (NASB)

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (KJV)

"As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous—not even one." (NLT)

"just as it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one,'" (NET)

"Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one!" (Job 14:4 NLT)

"Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just?" (Job 15:14 NLT)

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 15:19 NLT)

"For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander." (Matthew 15:19)

"For the choir director: A psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."  They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!  The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt.  No one does good, not a single one!" (Psalms 14:1-3 NLT)

"For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.  But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!" (Psalms 53:1-3 NLT)

“If the words which the apostle uses, do not most fully and determinately signify an universality, no words ever used in the Bible are sufficient to do it.  I might challenge any man to produce any one paragraph in the scriptures, from the beginning to the end, where there is such a repetition and accumulation of terms, so strongly, and emphatically, and carefully, to express the most perfect and absolute universality, or any place to be compared to it.” Jonathan Edwards on Original Sin

We see from the Scripture quotations that the depravity of man is not new or even unique to the present age.  The total depravity of man is all encompassing! Not one in the whole human race is righteous.  So complete is the depravity that not one seeks after God because the wickedness of the heart prevents such an inclination.  We begin to see the complete lostness of the human race, we are without strength or inclination to extricate ourselves from this predicament.

Romans 3:09 - The Dominion of Sin

Romans 3:9

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 

"What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;" (NASB)

"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;" (KJV)

"Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin." (NLT)

"What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin," (NET)

The fishhooks of sin show their hold on Jew and Gentile alike!  We are literally "under" (Greek - hupo) sin.  We are under its power! Not one fiber of our being that is not effected.  Even the Jews who were the keepers of the oracles of God were not exempt from its relentless chase.  So deceiving is this dominion that even Bible believing Christians can become its ally.  Ergo sin and its chief tool, deception, are what our hearts and minds must be guarded against.  If the Holy Spirit does not man the watchtower, sin will enter the gate unseen and have its way!  Do not trust in your religious rituals to save you!  Your very own heart will be your betrayer!

Romans 3:08 - The More We Sin The Better It Is?

Romans 3:8

"Rom 3:1-8 - The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.  Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favors shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many.  But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.  Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.  But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect.  He will fulfill his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.  God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice.  The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin.  Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways.  The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just."  Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary

"And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just." (NASB)

"And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just." (KJV)

"And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, 'The more we sin, the better it is!' Those who say such things deserve to be condemned." (NLT)

"And why not say, "Let us do evil so that good may come of it"? — as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)" (NET)

The extreme argument against the doctrine of salvation by Grace alone says that the believer has been given the carte blanche of indulgences wherein continued sin would bring about a greater good. Before we dismiss this utter absurdity though we ought to remember that in these tangent attacks the enemy can usher in a counterfeit that leaves the unwary believing presumption is salvation. We all wish to be saved from hell, but do we wish to be saved from sin? Let us remember the words of the Lord:

"A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.  A tree is identified by its fruit.  Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.  A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart. "So why do you keep calling Me 'Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say?  I will show you what it's like when someone comes to Me, listens to My teaching, and then follows it.  It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock.  When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.  But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation.  When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins."
(Luke 6:43-49)


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