“For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 IOW – God ascribes this righteousness through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. This righteousness grows in from the initial faith to believe in Jesus and as we move forward unto sanctification (being more like Christ – but it is like a snowball that gains mass, gets stronger as it grows). If in faith you make good choices in life, according to Christ’s precepts, then you shall LIVE and LIVE by Faith (again one accrues to the other). So powerful in so little words.
“And this includes you, called of Jesus Christ and invited [as you are] to belong to Him.” Romans 1:6 IOW – This is part of Paul’s opening letter to the Romans where he just gets done describing the Grace [God’s unmerited favor] God gives us through His Son Jesus, our apostleship to promote/encourage ‘obedience to the faith’, and to go make disciples among all nations. Yes! This means even YOU; regardless of what you have done in your past. What a great verse!
I have been in bed sleeping all day with the stomach flu. I have spent time thinking through what I read yesterday in our Romans study but can hardly call that a quiet time. This is the second major illness in 2 weeks so just praying the Lord will reveal what He wants to teach me.
“Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].” Proverbs 31:31 IOW – After reading the rest of the passage on the “woman of noble character” it became obvious that the last verse needed to be the VOTD. All those in our culture today who think that the bible degrades women only needs to look at this last verse in Proverbs. The verse says: Pay her what she is due (equal pay) and let her own works (remember she makes clothing and sells it in the marketplace) show for itself in the gates of the city. Her husband also sits in the gates of the city (similar impact as men) with the elders of the land so I would also interpret this verse to also say that he speaks highly of her with the important people and everyone he comes in contact with (every one enters the city through the gate). Good stuff – Speak highly of your wife today!
“A wife of noble character: a capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman – WHO IS HE who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.” Proverbs 31:10 IOW – I feel that this verse is saying that it takes a great man to find and nurture a woman of noble character. If we want women who are of noble character then we need to find and nurture that woman in our wives. God’s sanctified version of your wife is all the attributes noted in Proverbs 31:10-31. It is our job as their husbands to love our wives as Christ loved the church (giving our lives up for her even) and be the spiritual leaders God has called us to be. Only then will we have created the fertile ground where the woman of noble character can grow.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8&9 IOW – These last 2 verses of 1-9 in Chap 31 are a part of an instruction to a King given by his mother. She is convicted of her responsibility to tell her son, the King, of what his life focus should be including warnings of snares and mis-steps (chasing women and drinking wine/beer). Such a great set of verses to do a small study on.
“There are three things that are never satisfied, yes, four that do not say, It is enough: Sheol (the place of the dead), the barren womb, the earth that is not satisfied with water, and the fire that says not, It is enough.” Proverbs 30:15b-16 – So true!
“EVERY word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” Proverbs 30:5&6
Ben’s QTVOTD – “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 IOW – Putting stake or making decisions based on the opinions of men will eventually trip you up. In line with yesterday, seeking the LORD’s truth is the only safe bet.
“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it FULLY.” Proverbs 28:6 IOW – Those who have a wicked heart are dulled by their folly. Those who seek the LORD or strive to understand His character will understand the ONE TRUTH. God’s measuring stick does not change and the Bible defines this stick clearly. This Proverb helps me apply the following because it helps me pity my enemy, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty give him water to drink” Proverbs 25:21&22.