1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read Romans 1 – 3 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
• What is the main point of this portion?
• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
• What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
God has been working on my heart and on my mind as we have been reading through the New Testament…really He has been working on me and how I look at Him and His word for quite some time. I began reading the assignment for today and I felt drawn to seeking a background on the book of Romans. I googled “history on the book of Romans” and have been reading various articles on-line. I am going to include links to some of these articles and I am encouraging you to read one or two of them for yourself.
I will start including similar links as we begin reading each new book of the Bible for the remainder of this journey. I think it is important to understand the historical significance of what we are reading to get a full sense of what the author of each book is writing about.
They are many more articles out there, I am also going to encourage you to do your own search and if you have an opportunity…go back and do research on the other books in the New Testament that we have already read. I am really feeling that it is important to understand the history behind what we are reading, we might just gain a better understanding of the words in our Bibles through these history lessons.
The picture that I have used for today’s reading has always had a great deal of meaning to me. I have used it as a visual for some words I read in the introduction to the “Trusting God” book from Girlfriends in God…
“The shields had hooks on the sides so that, in difficult situations, the soldiers could link their shields together and march into battle as one.” You know what else I think God has done for us in the past couple of weeks…I think He has helped us link our hearts together too. I think by the various devotions and exercises we have done together, He has proven to us that we can trust each other and that we are of one heart and mind. We are women who love the Lord and we are running to His arms moment by moment to seek His will for us.”
I was reminded of this picture and these words as I read today’s assignment. In case you would like to read the full introductions and first chapter to the Trusting God book here is a link to them on the web.
God’s Good News
8 Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. 9 God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.
10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
13 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. 14 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. 15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
16 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. 17 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.”
The more things change in this world, the more they stay the same. I can relate to Paul’s words in the first chapter of Romans. I would love the opportunity to meet each one of you in person. I would love to spend time with you and worship God together. It would be an awesome opportunity to encourage each other face to face and really get to know each other’s hearts through conversation, prayer and praise.
I do know though, that even if it is not part of God’s plan that we meet here on earth, we will meet in heaven.