Yay! We are already on our 3rd Romans Road post and we have already covered some ground (you can check out the first Romans Road post here and the second one here). Today’s verse is a bit of a downer, but just hang on because I guarantee that by the end of this series our verses will be uplifting and great!
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: - Romans 5:12 KJV
Yep, a little gloomy but so true. Our Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great- (add 50 more Greats) Grandfather was named Adam. Adam lived in a garden with his wife Eve and everything was perfect. The only rule was that they couldn’t eat the fruit of one tree. ONE tree. They could eat anything else that they wanted too, but that didn’t satisfy them. They wanted the fruit from that tree, so they ate it. And let me tell you, God was NOT happy. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden and the world has had a sin problem ever since. What is the punishment for sin? Death. Fortunately there is a cure for death. Come back the next few weeks and I will tell you what the cure is.
Welcome to the 2nd Romans Road post! I am sorry it took me a while to write the 2nd post (I may or may not have forgotten about this series). Today’s verse is a really good one, and I hope you find it helpful. Here you go!
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." - Romans 3:10 KJV
The Bible says that no one is righteous. That means that no one is perfectly good, or even good at all! Our best works are like dirty rags in God’s sight, and that is why we need forgiveness from our sins, and why Christ died on the cross!
See ya later for week 3!
PS. Check out the first Roman's Road post here.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” - Romans 12:10 KJV
“In honor preferring one another.” “Love others above yourself.” “Treat others how you want to be treated.” God is the God of love. He shows us an abundance of love, and asks us to love others in return. This concept of revolutionary love, serving others before yourself, seems so easy, until we try to put it into practice. When I think back over my week, I notice a lot of times when I was concerned with my needs, my wants, and my to-do lists over whatever my family and friends needed. Can you relate?
This isn’t the heart that Jesus had, and it’s not the heart that God wants for us. Today, will you join me in praying that we will be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, that in honor we will prefer one another, and that God will help us put aside our selfishness and serve others the way Jesus served us?
If you want to start serving others this way, then check out these posts on ways to serve your family, your friends, at church, and in your community.
"And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." - Exodus 32:3-4
Welcome to today’s devotion! Unfortunately it opens with a really bad day for Israel. Moses is away getting commands from God, and the people get a little impatient and crazy. Thinking that Moses is dead, they grab all their gold earrings and take them to Aaron. Then, Aaron starts to turn them into a golden calf. After the calf is finished the people claim that the golden calf is God! Long story short, God gets really unhappy and they have to make some golden calf powder and drink it.
But how does this apply to us? It actually does in 2 really big ways.
1. While most of us don’t worship actual idols, things can become our idols really easily. Anything that we put in higher priority than God becomes an idol. Sports, money, trends, or really anything can become and idol.
2. The worst thing that the Israelites did in this passage, was say that the calf was God. It wasn’t just a god to them. They thought it was the real God. They wanted to worship God through an idol which is not how God wants to be worshipped. Do we worship God how he wants to be worshipped, or how He wants to be worshipped? Do we give him our best when we worship him? Or do we just shrug and think “At least I’m worshipping. I’m putting in my time.”? It can be so easy to worship how we want to, or just worship to make ourselves feel good. But we really need to think about what God wants. It will please him a lot more.
I hope this verse is inspiring to you. Keep God at the head of your life and he will bless you.
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” - Proverbs 16:24 KJV
I'm sure there are some words that are permantly stuck in your mind. They're probably words other people have said to you and about you, and there's more than likely a mixture of words of anger and critism and words of great love. Which of these phrases bring you joy? Which of these cause you pain? This verse reminds us of the power of our words, comparing pleasant words to sweet honeycombs. They provide health and joy, and never cause the recipient pain. Let's try to speak only "honeycomb words" to everyone around us this week. Let your kind words be the reason for another girl's great joy, not her despair.
To help us with this, I've made a list of 10 Encouraging Things to Tell Friends. I hope you enjoy it!
10 Encouraging Things to Tell Friends
Have fun speaking words of love and encouragement into the lives of your friends!
PS: Love this post? You may also enjoy Annie F. Down's book for teen girls called Speak Love.
Have you ever heard of the Romans Road? It is a group of verses that are great tools for witnessing. They all point to Christ and make it so easy to explain the gospel. I have the first verse that is part of the Romans Road here today. Come back the next few weeks and I will share the whole road with you! Buckle your seatbelts as we head down the Romans Road!
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
I hope to see you next week when we hit the next stop!
Check out the rest of the Romans Road posts here:
Post 2 (Romans 3:10)
Post 3 (Romans 5:12)
Post 4 (Romans 6:23)
Post 5 (Romans 5:8)
Post 6 (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"My soul wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. " - Psalm 62:5-6
What a beautiful verse. It sounds just like poetry, doesn’t it? It has an equally beautiful meaning. Read this verse and ponder it.
Notice that the author writes “He only is my rock and my salvation......” It means that nothing we do, and nothing anybody else does can support you and save you. Doesn’t that make you feel small? God is all powerful and nobody can come even close to what he can do. It’s incredible.
Ponder this verse every day. You will begin to be amazed.
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" - 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
If someone walks up to you right now and asks you why you are so joyful and full of hope, what will you tell them? This is a hard question. I'd love to say that I would enthusiastically begin talking to the person about God and how he changes our lives, but it seems more likely that I'd mumble something about it being a good day today, and move on. Is it just me?
The truth is, God does change lives, and he does fill the hearts of all who truly believe with hope. In the verse, followers of Christ are challenged to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope...". Maybe you and I need to do some thinking today about the following questions:
- Am I truly filled with God's hope? And if I'm not, why not? How I can I grow closer to God and become a follower who is perpetually filled with hope?
- Where does my hope come from?
- What would I tell someone who asks me where my hope comes from?
I hope you enjoyed this post!
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - Hebrews 13:2, KJV
Wow. That’s what I immediately thought when I read this verse. Wow. Take a moment and read that verse again. Let it sink in. Read each word slowly.
Yes, you probably read it right. People have “met” angels by entertaining or caring for strangers.
I’m not really sure if this means that they entertained angels themselves, but they for sure got a sort of blessing, and just by caring for a stranger! How often do we skip by people? How often do we ignore them? I think this verse is saying “Care for people” because we usually forget to do so. I don’t mean that you have to give random people all your money, or invite them to your house, but stop now and then to give someone a track, give them a smile, be pleasant with them, send someone a card. You will find many blessings from doing so.