Though we were slaves of sin from birth and had no hope of getting free from such destiny, we have been set free and became slave/instrument to righteousness/God as we embraced the Lord Jesus as our Lord and savior;
- What could we observe our spiritual condition before Christ came into our lives? See also Eph 2:1-3 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
- What could we observe the way we changed since we invited the Lord into our life as our Lord and Savior? See also Eph 2:12-13 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
- What could we observe the life we should continue with Christ? See also Col 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
- What is the Lord saying to you about your walk with the Lord thee days?
- What do you want to do in response to His voice?
Though sin does not have the power to rule over those who offered themselves to God as an instrument of righteousness/God, sin has power to those who offer themselves and invite it to be their master. The choice is our either to live as an instrument of righteousness or a device of sin depending on the master we chose, and it could change ten times a day!
- What could we observe the way we might choose our master moment by moment in life? See also Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
- What needs to be the daily practice that we might let the Holy Spirit guide us? See also Gal 5:24-25 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
- What is the promise we could claim about the help of the Lord to empower us for our life in victory? See also James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- What is the Lord saying to you about your dependence on the Lord for His empowering?
- How do you want to respond to Him that you might live in victory?
We have the authority to decide either to let ourselves be an instrument of wickedness or an instrument of righteousness be offering our bodies to either sin or God. If we surrender out parts to God, we will become a powerful instrument of God/righteousness!
What could we observe the lordship of our body from the way we might offer it to God? See also Rom 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.
- What could we observe the potential outcome of our behavior, either for good or bad? See also Rom 5:18-19 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
- What is the principle of God that would control the impact of our life? See alsoRom 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- What is the Lord saying to you about the one you end up serving these days?
- What do you want to do about it that you might live as an instrument of God/righteousness?
Paul had conviction about his hope in Christ that he could persevere on his path of Apostleship regardless of such suffering, yet he is testifying that his hope does not disappoint himself. Do we need to have such hope that we might thrive in this life marked out for us?
- What could we observe the suffering we have been called to go through? See also Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
- What could we observe the hope the Lord has planted in us? See also Titus 2:12-14 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
- What could we observe the way Apostle Paul continued in his life toward the end of his life? See also 2 Tim 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
- What is the Lord saying to you about your crown of righteousness that He in stored for you?
- How do you want to respond to His promise that you might continue to serve Him in confidence?
The believer has gained access to the glorious presence of the holy God and His grace for life by faith. The entrance is the privilege for such a gold mine we could tap to for all our needs just in times of need! God is inviting us into His presence through the Lord Jesus!
- What could we observe the privilege we have received as we embrace the Lord Jesus? See also Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
- What could we observe the work of the Lord Jesus that opened access for us to the presence of God? See also Heb 10:19-20 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
- What could we observe the relationship the Lord Jesus established with God for us? See also Heb 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your response to His invitation?
- How do you want to respond to His invitation to such a privilege?
Though Abraham was aware of the hopeless situation of his body as well as his wife Sarah’s body too old to bear a child, he was strengthened and fully persuaded that God was able to fulfill what he has promised to himself. Read your journal over the week or Rom 4, and see ‘What the Lord has said to you over the week’ and also ‘How you’ve responded to His voice’;
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your belief of God of the promise that seems impossible?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your experience to get yourself strengthened regardless of something negative?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your experience of getting yourself persuaded through the word?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about convincing your negative thought pattern in life?
- What is one application you need to carry out in life?
- How do you want to live it out in life?
Abraham was fully persuaded about the power of God even as he considered his barrenness and old age as well as Sarah’s hopelessness to bear a child. He kept His eyes on the Lord who could raise the dead into life;
- What could we observe the work of the word of the Lord in Abraham’s heart? See also Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- What must Abraham have done as he considered the situation of himself and Sarah’s condition? See also Heb 4:2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
- What could we observe the way he made his mind? See also 2 Cor 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
- What is the Lord saying to you about your conclusion of faith these days?
- How do you want to respond to His voice?
Against all hope—hopeless fact, Abraham believed in God and got strengthened himself. He also got fully persuaded himself although his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was also dead. That’s the power of faith!
- What could we observe the situation Abraham faced that must have discouraged him from believing the word of the Lord? See also Mk 9:22-23 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
- What could we observe his heart from the way he responded to the word of the Lord despite the fact he was aware? See also Isa 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
- What could we observe the way he chose to put trust in God’s word? See also Act 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
- What is one promise God is reminding you that you need to believe and get yourself strengthened?
- How do you want to respond to His voice?
The promise that made the distinction between God’s people and pagan made effect depending on the faith. That’s why anyone who embraces the Son and the covenant through the Son of God could be guaranteed of the privilege of becoming Abraham’s descendant;
- What could we observe the origin of the covenant of God for the Hebrew’s race? See also Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
- What could we observe the impact of the covenant on the human race as a whole? See also Rom 1:16-17 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.
- What makes the preaching of the gospel so important to the world without hope? See also Gal 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
- What is the Lord saying to us about the saving role we have been called for in such a time like this?
- How do you want to respond to His call?
Abram was so focused on his barrenness at the age of eighty-five when God visited him and introduced Himself as the shield and the reward. Abram was not impressed though God Himself would be more than an heir. God gave him the promise about the multitude of children while he didn’t have even one, and Abram believed it!
- What could we observe the focus of Abram when God mentions of Himself as the shield and reward? See also Gen 15:2-6 2 But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”
3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.”
5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
- What could we observe the way God gave Abram the new name-Abraham before giving covenant of circumcision? See also Gen 17:4-6 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.
5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
- What could we observe the principle of justification God has set through this event? See also Rom 3:30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
- What is the Lord saying about your righteousness in Christ?
- What would you like to do in response to His grace to consider you righteous through Christ?