Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
There is a growing trend in the western hemisphere toward customization: Burger King hamburgers, Dodge Ram trucks, and Dell computers can be customized just the way you want them. Not all customization is bad (I’m writing this post on a customized computer). However, have you ever thought about how terrifying it would be if you always got your own way? God states that when we reject Him, that He gives us up to our own way! Now at first this may not seem all bad. But, think about it. If you didn’t get out of bed in the morning, would you benefit in the long run? Nope. If you didn’t work through differences with your spouse, could your marriage ever get better? Negative. In fact, one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a man is letting him have his own way. God states in Romans 1:24-32 that when men reject Him that He gives them up to fornication, homosexuality and a depraved lifestyle. These three punishments, though flaunted by the world, are destructive to their core and never fill the void left by rejecting God. God never intended mankind to suffer from hangovers, divorce or AIDS: they are the result of man’s rejection of God.
The dire straits portrayed in Romans 1 are reminiscent of the wandering sheep of Isaiah 53:6. The prophet states that “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” This simple sheep simile well describes the world we live in. However, the verse goes on to describe the solution to the sheep’s wanderings: “the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.“ God loved mankind so much that He sent His son to pay for man’s sin (John 3:16) so that we could turn to Him from out of our lost wanderings. He wants to save us from our own way.
How the Redemption of Christ delivers slaves and triumphs over abortion
“Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives. . . if it is a son, you shall kill him” – Exodus 1:15-16
The Israelites went down to Egypt for relief from the famine but were taken into slavery when the new king of Egypt saw their growth as a people. The king employed a gender selective genocide of all male infants. Come to the Men’s Bible Class on Sunday at 10 to learn about the book of Exodus.
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he hath served with me. ~Philippians 2:20-22
Everyone one grows up following the example of other people. Most kids grow up imitating their parents—sometimes without even knowing it. In this passage, Paul sends the Philippian believers a helper—Timothy, who “as a son with the father” faithfully served Christ alongside Paul. We must choose wisely who we model. The believer’s ultimate goal should always be Christ-likeness. But the friends we choose and the people we look up to will influence who we are and the choices we make.
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. ~ Romans 1:16
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Why is it that the gospel need be preached to the Roman believers. Do not they already know the gospel that he desires to bring? Two things are probable in this statement. First, Paul does indeed desire to bring that same gospel to them which they already know. He desires that they remember that which God has done for them and be reminded of the Gospel’s life changing consequences. Second, Paul’s use of the term “gospel” allows for a broader meaning than simply the good news of salvation. It also indicates a mandate to make disciples. Why else would he preach the gospel to those who already know the gospel? Does not he also intend that they go forth to proclaim to others that which they have already received?
ACTION POINT: Live today with the gospel in mind. Thank God for His wonderful love and share His good news with those God puts in your path.