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Wow... Paul's writings today in Romans are a stern warning about the dangers of sin. Verse 21 is a strong warning: "Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused." I do believe that this is such an accurate description of what sin does to our minds - it makes our minds dark and confused! Things can get so fuzzy and hazy in our mind due to unchecked sin that we can even get to the point of where we do not realize we are sinning. How sad to live life knowing God, but not worshiping him or even giving him thanks. And then to come up with wacky ideas of what God is like.... ever hear any wacky ideas about God out there? :) Let us live our lives so that we share the Light of the Gospel of Jesus in the dark places in the world.
Today's readings in Romans chapter 1 verses 18 through 32 consist of Paul describing the sin of the Gentiles, which is probably most of us. In chapters 2 & 3 Paul will describe the sin of the Jews. So, these chapters set the stage that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God - Gentile and Jew alike. Yep, that covers each of us. An interesting thing to note from today's readings is that Paul writes about "general" revelation - meaning, God is revealed to all people in all times generally through nature. In addition to general revelation, there is also "specific" revelation - God is specifically revealed to us through his Word and his son Jesus. But, as Paul writes today, general revelation is enough for all people to not have any excuse to not believe in God and to continue on in our sin. And yet, sin we do... Thank God for sending us the specific revelation each of us knows about - and hopefully we each personally know - God's own son Jesus!
Bible.org's commentary on today's Romans readings titled "No Excuse for the Heathen" is at this link.
Worship Video: - Today’s readings reminded me of the importance of not being at enmity with God, but being a friend of God - below is a video of Israel Houghton performing the awesome song "Friend of God." Enjoy!
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21 TNIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you know God, glorify Him, give thanks to Him and have a saving relationship with Him through Jesus. Pray for your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors who do not know God. Pray that their foolish and darkened hearts will be redeemed through their saving faith in Jesus.
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