As I finished reading in Romans, I realized how many verses I had highlighted and notes I had taken, because so much of it began convicting my heart. I would love to share each one of those with you today, but I know that would result in a super long post and may take away from the Word itself, so instead I am just focusing on one chapter. After reading this particular chapter and taking many notes, I wrote in the margin: "whole chapter is convicting and worth memorizing". It's true. This one chapter spoke volumes to me because I am certainly not living up to it and yet, it is the very essence of how I want to live my life for God.
Take the time to reread Romans 12. Read it, soak it in, and pray for God to give you the ability to live by it. Memorize it and act upon it.
This entire chapter gives us detailed instructions on how to live a sacrificial life to God:
~ Give your whole body to God as a living sacrifice (heart, body, mind and soul). Verse 1
~ Don't copy the behavior of this world, instead, change the way we think. Verse 2
~ Be honest in your self-evaluation. Measure yourself by your faith. Verse 3
~ Each one of us have been given different gifts. Find your gift and use it well. Verses 4-8
~ Really love others.
Hate wrong and hold on to what is good.
Love and honor each other.
Don't be lazy, instead, work hard and serve God enthusiastically.
Help the needy.
Bless those who persecute you.
Be happy with those who are joyful and weep with the weary.
Live in harmony and peace.
Don't be proud.
Never pay back evil with evil.
Do all things honorably.
Don't let evil conquer you, instead, conquer evil by doing good. Verses 9-21
If you are a believer, you already know every one of these directions. You may even say to yourself, "Duh, of course, this is how a Christian is supposed to live!" Yes, it is. But......how many of us are living this way?
Am I giving my whole body to God, or am I serving someone with my hands and feeling bitter about it in my heart?
Am I living by the ways of this world, following the culture and it's modern advances; or am I living according to God's Word, even when it seems outdated?
Am I being honest as I evaluate myself and the way I am living?
Have I prayed and asked God to clearly show me the gifts and talents He has given me so that I can use them efficiently to bring Him glory?
Do I love others? Do I really, truly love others, even when it seems difficult to do?
Do I hate what is wrong and hold on to good? Do I turn off the TV or radio when evil begins to play? Do I monitor the things that come into my home so that only things that are good and pure and holy are present in my house?
Do I love, honor, and respect other people, starting with the ones God has placed in my home?
Am I lazy? Do I work hard? Am I serving God enthusiastically?
Am I patient? Do I hold my tongue? Do I show grace to others?
Am I helping others who are in need?
Do I bless those those who persecute me? Am I praying for them? Do I show them kindness?
Am I supportive of others? Do I rejoice with those who are happy and weep with those who are hurt and struggling?
Do I live a life that promotes harmony and peace; or am I grumbling and complaining as I work and serve?
Am I proud? Do I live selfishly and pridefully;or do I put others interests before my own?
Are my actions honorable?
Do I let evil conquer me and decide to retaliate; or do I conquer evil by doing good even when others don't deserve it?
How about you? How has your self-evaluation turned out? As I ask my self these questions, my heart aches. I know I am falling short. However, I also know what I need to work on. So, that is my prayer. That God will make me strong in the areas that I am weak and that He will keep me always aware of the way I am living.
These are just my thoughts. Please reread Romans 12 and ask God to open your eyes to the things He wants you to work on, then follow His lead.
I'm praying for each of you. May we each strive to live our lives as a true sacrifice to God.
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
We are working our way through Exodus over the next few weeks and so far it has been an exciting journey. Action, drama, and suspense in every turn. History is amazing and seeing God work in and through His people is even more incredible!
Somehow, I have made it on time this week! :)
Here is our reading plan for week 6:
Monday - Exodus 10
Tuesday - Exodus 11
Wednesday - Exodus 12
Thursday - Exodus 13
Friday - Exodus 14
I'm praying for each of you this week as we spend time in God's word.
So..... BEHIND is the word of my life right now. But that's okay because I know that this is just a season of busyness for our family, at this time. Because I'm already a day behind with your reading plan, I'll just jump right to it!
Tuesday - Exodus 5
Wednesday - Exodus 6
Thursday - Exodus 7
Friday - Exodus 8
Saturday - Exodus 9
I'm praying for you this week, my Sweet Sisters.
Keep reading God's word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Somehow, I am a week behind. Last week started as normal but by the end of the week I had: 3 sick kids, a hubby with a back injury, a teenager with a broken bone and a water leak. My sweet hubby and I joke, that with all the trouble that seems to be wreaking havoc in our little world right now- we must be doing something right- right? So, please keep my family in your prayers this week. Pray for complete and quick healing, no surgery for our broken bone, provision , strength and a strong faith as we walk through these minor struggles.
This will be week 4 of our fall study. We will finish up with Romans today, and jump straight into Exodus tomorrow. Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday- Romans 16
Tuesday - Exodus 1
Wednesday - Exodus 2
Thursday - Exodus 3
Friday - Exodus 4
I'm praying for each of you this week. May God open our hearts, eyes, and minds to all that He wants us to know.
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Friends!
I am so sorry that I am a day behind on our reading schedule. A large home project yesterday kept me extra busy and time got away from me. So, today I will get right to our reading plan for the week, one day off schedule. :)
Tuesday - Romans 11
Wednesday - Romans 12
Thursday - Romans 13
Friday - Romans 14
Saturday - Romans 15
Yes, I have thrown a Saturday in this week to keep us on schedule, but the great thing about this study is our flexibility. Make the reading plan work for your schedule. If you need to read two chapters in one day, that's fine. whatever works for you!
I'm praying for each of you this week!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 6 amazing blessings, and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.