Free Indeed

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

Explained in the post “From Death to Life” is how the pattern of sin and death was broken by the free gift of Christ. The grace of God and the gift of righteousness reigns in life eternal. There’s no better deal in the world. To me, it makes good sense to take it.

Everyone needs God’s grace. Once received, one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived. As the main point given to us in the song Dear Younger Me by MercyMe, our tomorrows can be better than our yesterdays and today can be amazing because our growing faith can never be taken away or depleted. The Gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free and never let us down. 
 

 

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From Death to Life

Explained in Romans 5:12-21 is that sin was in the world before death and because of sin, there is death. Fortunately, the pattern of sin and death was broken by the gift of Christ. Provided for us is a way to move from death to life by being born again which is a free gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

Sin reigned in death but grace reigns through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (v. 21). The grace of God and the gift of righteousness reigns in life eternal. The gift brings justification and life for all who accept the gift allowing them to move from being ruled by sin and death to gaining a life of freedom.

It’s important to make wise choices and there’s no better choice than to accept God’s gift of His Son. After accepting this gift, there continues to be the challenges we face in this world which promotes adversity but to overcome, there are strategies available.

One strategy is to fill our mind s with encouraging thoughts. Try this: take a walk in your neighborhood each day. If you have a dog, take them for a walk and as you walk, memorize scripture, think about your day; what good things did you experience and what bad things did you experience that provided a lesson for the future and a lesson to share and help others.

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This day with You Lord, we give credit to you for this gift You have given. The passage today explains how the pattern of sin and death was broken by the free gift of grace. Lord, we thank You that our growing faith can never be taken away or depleted. The Gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free and never lets us down. Amen.

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The Week Ahead

This week, we will continue the study of the book of Romans and share more thoughts.

Below are some questions for reflection.

Romans 5:12-21

* What do you learn here about sin and death? Which comes first? What is the free gift? How can you move from the reign of sin and death to the reign of life?

Romans 6:1-11

* What is the theme of this section? What experiences have all Christians shared with Christ? What does the Christian know and what difference does this knowledge make?

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Believe that God has a great plan for you.

Victory starts by having a plan. By accepting God’s plan for us, all we need to do is follow and believe He will provide the power. He will give the upper hand to make what seems impossible possible.

*Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.
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