Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a daily struggle to be obedient to God. We barely make it through the day obeying man’s laws.
How many of you were speeding today, texting while driving, didn’t yield to a pedestrian, made an illegal turn, or are driving without adequate (or any) car insurance? How many of you ‘fudged’ facts or figures on your income tax return or other financial document? How many of you claimed to have more on-the-job experience on a resume than you actually have?
Yet, we wonder why we struggle and fail countless times trying to be obedient to God’s laws.
It is a daily walk.
Don’t stop trying, don’t give in to the “liar’s” words of temptation that claim it’s better on the other side. It’s never good being on the wrong side of God and Jesus. There is no better than our Father and His Son; and no place better to be than with them.
So whatever wrongs you did and will do today, work to do right tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It is your consistent effort, your desire, and commitment that keeps you in God’s grace and care.
Father thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your Son. Thank You for my life, my experiences, and the people that You have and will place in my life. Thank You for showing me the genuine, the light, the truth, and the way through Your Son so that I can strive to be like Him and to be closer to You.
Thank You for revealing people’s true self to me so that I may not lose focus or be dismayed when they aren’t the caliber of people I assumed them to be. I want to be obedient Father. I want to be totally and completely devoted to You and Jesus.
Continue molding me Lord, and thank You for not giving up on me especially in moments when even I think I’m an irretrievable lamb lost deep in the forest. Father, in Jesus’ name I humbly and sincerely pray to You. Amen.
Have a wonderful day!
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINATED WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 12, 2010. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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