From Handbook to Scripture, Day 269
READING: ROMANS 7
The apostle argues that the only way we can be released from the jurisdiction of the law is to die, and that our death in Christ to that by which we were bound enables us to “serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” He goes on to say that the Mosaic law was given in order to reveal the problem of indwelling sin and our condition of separation from the holiness of God.
In 7:14–25 Paul speaks of the conflict that believers in Christ experience between the “inner man” (the new nature we have received in Christ) and the “flesh” (or “the law of sin which is in my members”). This inward/outward conflict between the new and the old dispositions will not be eliminated until we are in our resurrected bodies.
Prayer: Lord, I joyfully concur with the law of God in my inner being in Christ, but I see a different law in the members of my body. May I walk in union with Christ and in the power of Your Spirit.
Meditation passage: verses 4, 6, 22–25
From Simple Prayers, Day 269
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
May I know God and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every motive behind the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28:9)
May I be an imitator of God as a beloved child, and walk in love, just as Christ loved me and gave Himself up for me as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1–2)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words Jesus spoke are spirit and are life. (John 6:63)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
I will not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in my power to act. (Proverbs 3:27)
Lord, I thank You for the greatness of Your thoughts and ways and for Your Spirit who gives life. I thank You that Christ will guard and protect me until the day I see Him, and I ask that I would not be anxious, but that I would be ready to do good to others.
Adapted from: Handbook to Spiritual Growth
THE VALUE OF
Relationships are a valuable resource that can encourage, equip, and exhort us to stay on the course we have been called to run. People who finish well in the race of life do not do so without the caring support of other growing members of the body of Christ.
Going to church is not necessarily the same as experiencing the dynamics of living in community. More often than not, people relate to the church more as an organization than as an organism. A healing community, on the other hand, centers on connecting with God, with others, and with ourselves, and such communities can exist both inside and outside local church structures.
Today, consider those God has sovereignly placed in your life. How will you cultivate (or continue to cultivate) both vertical (mentor) and horizontal (peer or co-mentor) relationships that will spur you on in your intimacy with Christ?