"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." - 1 Peter 1:16
My pastor has a saying that is pretty funny and also filled with truth: “You can’t buy faith at the grocery store.” It makes a lot of sense because, for one thing, faith isn’t physical and only God’s word can give you faith. That makes a lot of sense. Today I am going to apply that same concept to a different topic. “You can’t buy holiness at a grocery store.”
The verse above says that we are supposed to be holy because God is holy, but since I have already established the fact that you can’t buy holiness, how are you and I supposed to be holy? I looked up the definition of holy in the dictionary and this is what it says:
“Dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred”
So to be holy, someone or something has to be dedicated to God. You might be thinking “Um..... and how am I supposed to do that? Become a teenage pastor or something?” but God knows each and every one of us and so he never gives a commandment that is impossible for us to achieve. Maybe you can’t give your whole life to God but you can serve him in your everyday life. Read your bible, talk about God and even pray that God would use your life how he sees fit.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
What do you think of when you hear the word “new”? What springs to your mind?
I think of something being fresh, clean, exciting, never-seen-before. I picture January 1, a house that still smells like fresh wood and elegantly wrapped packages. I also picture me. Huh, you ask?
In this verse, Paul is explaining that anyone who believes in Christ has been made new - they are not the same as they were before they were saved by God. God renews and recreates the spirit anyone who believes in him, making them into ‘a new creature’ that is set free from their sins.
This is a hard concept for us to grasp, but it is so important, because it tells us that all of our mistakes and sins are in the past. If you have asked for God’s forgiveness and placed your faith in him, you are literally not the same girl that you were (whoa!). Let the thought fill you will joy and hope as you face a new day and a new year.
Behold, all things are becoming new! Love,
Nope, not a typo. I want you to read the whole first chapter in Luke. It gives such beautiful detail about the nativity. As A has been telling you about, Christmas is about Christ. Christ is even in the name “Christmas”. Christmas is like a big birthday party for the one the gave us the ability to be born again. The whole reason we even give gifts is because it signifies the wisemen bring gifts to the baby Jesus.
So let’s celebrate the season to let Jesus know that we love him. He deserves our whole hearts so let’s give it to him.
P.S. Want to know a cool fact? Watch the night sky on December 21st. Astrologers are saying that two planets will come together on that night and it will look like the star that lead the wisemen to the manger! It will be visible from anywhere in the world.
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.” - Matthew 1:17 KJV
A few weeks ago, I shared about Matthew 1:21 and the wonder of Christmas. Today, I want to share about an
often-overlooked part of Jesus’ story - his genealogy (his earthly family tree).
Read the verse above again. So Jesus was descended from Abraham and King David (as well as Ruth, Rahab and Solomon, if you read the full passage), and there are three sets of 14 generations each. Throughout the entire Old Testament, God was preparing for Jesus’ birth. He wove a genealogy that included so many notable people from the Old Testament whose stories you might have studied. All of this to create the perfect set-up so that when the time was right, his son could enter the world as a lowly infant in a manger to save you and I from our sins.
So beautiful. So intentional. So perfect. Take some time today to celebrate Christmas and thank God for the way he orchestrated every tiny detail of Jesus’ birth, because it is incredible! God never ceases to amaze me.
Welcome to the final Romans Road post. We have come so far! Today I am going to share a few final verses with you, give you some homework, and a little food for thought.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9
These two verses aren’t always considered part of the Romans Road, but they go hand in hand with the Road.
We are saved by faith. We believe that Jesus Christ died and then rose from the grave three days later. That’s what I have been telling you throughout this verse series. We didn’t do anything to be saved. What could we do to make up for sinning against a perfectly holy God? Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we can’t be saved through works. It has to be through faith. We have to believe that what God’s word says is true, and then tell God that.
Now, I gave you the food for thought so it’s time for the homework. I didn’t give you all of the verses in the Romans Road, because that would take us several more months to get through. I want you to look up the rest of the Romans Road and read through it. If you have any questions about salvation, please email us at email@example.com so we can talk with you.
Check out the rest of the Romans Road posts here:
Post 1 (Romans 3:23)
Post 2 (Romans 3:10)
Post 3 (Romans 5:12)
Post 4 (Romans 6:23)
Post 5 (Romans 5:8)
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 KJV
How often have you truly thought about the Christmas story?
I mean, really: Once upon a time, a woman gave birth to a son in a stable. The son would go on to heal the sick, turn water into wine, bring the dead back to life, and pay the price for all of the world’s sins so that we could have eternal life. Eventually he died, came back to life and then rose into heaven, fulfilling dozens of prophecies made 300 years before his birth. The end. They all lived happily ever after.
Wait. What?! This isn’t a Disney fantasy. This verse came True with a capital T when the king of the world was born in a stable one dark, silent night. When we celebrate Christmas, we aren’t celebrating Santa Claus and pine trees and hot cocoa and family. We’re celebrating our Lord, thanking him for coming to Earth, and honoring the miraculous events leading up to and directly following his birth.
As we set out nativities, attend church and read the Christmas story for the umpteenth time, let’s not forget the savior that these season is truly all about.
This is Christmas.
But God commended his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
Hello reader! Time for the next Romans Road.
Today’s verse goes hand in hand with last week’s verse. About the only difference is that it gives us God’s motive for saving us. As you are reading this, you might be thinking “I KNEW it! There’s a catch. God has a motive.” and you would be right. God has a really really big motive for saving us. God doesn’t do anything without a purpose, and salvation is no different. Ready? Here is His motive: God LOVES you! Yep. The creator of the whole universe loves you more than your parents do, and you might even have the most loving parents in the world. All God wants is to love you, and for you to love him back.
Think about it.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23 KJV
Welcome back! As promised, today I will be sharing the cure for death. HEY! I see you looking at me like I’m crazy. I know, I know, we all die some time, but before you click the back button, just finish reading this post and you will see that I am not so crazy after all.
We already covered that the punishment for sin is death, but this verse adds a little bit more to it. We now know that God has a gift for a us. A gift of eternal life. While our bodies will still die, our spirits will live on forever with God. Want to know how to except this free gift? Wait until my next Romans Road devotion, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. - 1 Corinthians 12:25 KJV
In this verse, Paul is instructing followers of Christ to not let “schisms” (a fancy word meaning a split or separation because of opposing beliefs) come between them.
Today, we live in a world divided on so many topics. However, as Christians, we need to be known for our love - not our hate and division. Whoever our parents vote for, whatever we believe, whatever we look like - if we are in Christ, these differences don’t matter and shouldn’t separate us. We should love and care for one another irregardless (yep, it’s a word) of the things that separate us, because we have one overarching thing in common: we are all made and loved by God.
Be caring to everyone around you, even in this crazy election season!