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Monday, May 14, 2018

Romans 12 ~ gifts




Romans 12


I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine. 
Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Rejoice with those who rejoice,

weep with those who weep.

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.






God praised the multi-talented and blessed Solomon for not asking for his enemies. Which was a new thing. The Blessing of Abraham said Abraham would possess Heaven and earth (for Abraham's faith and willingness to hear God and obey God and continually go to God asking for mercy for others). And continued into saying Abraham would find his enemies in his hand.

I like Solomon's idea. Let God take care of this. God is this big. More time for the Joy of Salvation Jesus Lives.

Romans 12 is a difficult chapter if you take this as a "To Do List". It's glorious.








God says if we keep listening we hear our gifts and talents from God. God tells us not to avoid what events and people God places in our path. And warns the mercy of the merciless (when I look out for myself or you look out for yourself) is cruel.


if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness

Prophetic gifts of Evangelism believe God is serious about the world. His mercy is vast.

Faithful people believe we need more people in God. The water is warm come in. The Faithful believe the Promises of God will be given by God. Abraham believed God and was considered righteous. Even when he did not own a foot of the Nation of Israel.

Service people believe we can all lend a hand working good for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Teaching people believe if the Bible is put in someone's hand, God is going to show Goodness to them.

People who extort, have to have a sense of humor. Or a good pair of running shoes to keep up as people do their own thing quickly. Or a solution.

People who contribute believe God is going to really provide Goodness. Time, talent and money.

Generosity for the Kingdom of God is Blessed with encouragement of God's Children.

Vim, vigor, zeal - mercy and cheerfulness.

This is the Way Truth and Life of Abundant Living in Jesus Christ.





We live Psalm 91. We believe God is going to keep us safe.  God is usually asking for compassion and mercy and not war. God wants us to see His compassion and His mercy reach to all people asking Him. God says leave working for vengeance and work on being hospitable souls to one another. Overcoming what is wrong with seeing the good and working there.








Abba our Father,

To all in Christ Jesus, who are loved by God and called to be saints: 


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  God bends down to give to us.

Thank You. Abba, the gift of eternal life -  filling us with the fullness of God Our Father.

Press on, take hold of Christ Jesus holding us.

In Jesus Christ, - our complete conviction - neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth,

 nor anything  in all creation, 
will be able to separate us from the love of God.

Jesus, please cover those we Love, and our ability seeing Your daily willingness in our lives.


Knowing God's pleasure in us believing God. God tells us the work of mankind is to believe. 

God is Good. God is for us. Blessed be the Name of Jesus.


All of God's Promises are Certain. His Goodness Prevails. His Word is Perfect. Amen.




One of the most touching Biblical Gifts - Queen Victoria was most concerned the Cedars of Lebanon had been over-forested. We were missing something God's creation said, "Is Good." She worked to restore Cedars of Lebanon. And in Lebanon as well.



 






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