Romans 8

After yesterday’s message it seemed to me a good thing to expound a little on a key passage for us in understanding the meaning and depth of God’s forgiveness.  Here is a snippet of thoughts from Romans 8.

Verse 1: Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus.  Wow!!  What a verse.  Because of the death of Christ on the cross as a sin offering on our behalf and our acceptance of that offering by faith, we are not condemned by God.  When He looks at us he doesn’t see our sin, our failures or our unworthiness.  He sees a new creation, covered by the blood of Jesus.  “There is NO condemnation NOW”.  This is not our future condition, this is our present condition.  Today He declares us innocent of all charges.

v. 12: So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh.  Because of our current condition of innocence, we should live as those who are not condemned.  Our life comes by the Spirit of God and so we should live in the presence, power, confidence and joy of the Spirit.

But what of our past, we still have it and it still clings to us.

v. 28: We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.  That goes for our past especially.  The past that haunts us has been forgiven and will be redeemed by the Lord.  That means that He no longer holds that against us, but that He will take that past and bring the best out of it.  That which Satan desires to use against us as a blunt object against our future, the Lord will use for His glory.  He will take that past and bring the very best out of it.  I don’t have to be afraid of my past, the Lord will use it in my life for His good.  Imagine how wonderful the Lord is, that He could take my horrible sin from my past, forgive it and then use it to bring others to Himself.

More later…

Hello February!

The Super Bowl is over and so comes the official end of football season.  Of course, national signing day for the colleges is Wednesday, so it’s really just the transition to off-season football.  Now that it’s February, perhaps we should focus on some of the other events in life. 

How about Valentine’s Day?  That’s only 10 days away.  Nah, I’d rather not, it’s too mushy and made up for me.

College Basketball?  March Madness is only a month away.  I’ll pass until my Longhorns figure out how to shoot straight and stop turning the ball over.  Waiting for Myck Kabongo to return I think will prove to be too little, too late.

NBA?  The Mavericks are stumbling around trying to recover from the first two months without Dirk in the lineup and with so many new faces on the court.  They’ve still got time and the All Star Game is coming to Houston, so maybe it will gain some attention.  The Rockets are struggling, though not as bad as the Mavs.  Of course, if I was a Spurs fan I’d be happy knowing they’ll be there right up until they lose to the Thunder.  But I’m not a Spurs fan, so I’ll root for Kevin Durant.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo?  Now there’s a possibility.  We’ve even got some tickets to see Luke Bryan.  Believe it or not but this will be our first time to a Rodeo concert.  We’ve been to see the exhibits, visit the petting zoo when the girls were young, see all the animals and even watch some cutting before, but never to the rodeo.  It’s about time I guess.

Of course, along with the Rodeo comes our Go Texan Day at Spring Creek on March 3.  Now that is going to be a great time with high attendance in Bible Study and Bar-B-Q following the service.  So I think that’s gonna be the winning ticket.  We’re ready to focus our attention on growing our church, worshiping our Lord, eating some BBQ and then watching the real rodeo.  I can’t wait for the Rodeo!

Wait, all this happens in March.  What am I gonna do in February?