Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday, November 27th - Romans 8 - 11 - Kelora

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Romans 8-11

Out of the 3 chapters that I read Romans 8 stood out the most for me.  I will mention a few things that I learned while reading this particular chapter.

The verses in Romans 8 gives us hope.  Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins in order that we might have eternal life.  By accepting Jesus as our Saviour we receive the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit is in work in us we will want to serve God and do His Will.  In Romans 8:16-17 "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."  I love the part that says we are God's children.  What a wonderful verse.  Being God's children, God has shared some of his treasures with us like His Son, forgiveness and eternal life.  Knowing that God loves us that much is so amazing.  

Another 2 verses that stood out for me is  Romans 8:26-27.  "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will."  I love the fact that when I don't always know what to say when praying or how to ask for help that Jesus will still understand our needs and know our hearts as the Spirit will intercede for us.  

While reading verse 28 in Romans 8 I looked at the notes in my Life Application Bible to see what it had to say and it reminded me that God works for our good but this doesn't necessarily mean that everything happens to us is good.  It is hard sometimes to think that God works for our good when something bad happens but when looking back, these circumstances can be seen as God fulfilling His plan.  It's not easy in the moment to remember that God is in control.

Finally, in verses 38 & 29 we are given a wonderful promise that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  No matter what happens we can always know that God loves us and that nothing can take that away from us.  

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Romans 12-14

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I love Romans 8. And how fitting that hope was the takeaway today, the first day of advent!

I find Romans 9 and the topic of election to be a difficult chapter from our limited human understanding.