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Major Themes LXXIX – Faith


ROMANS 3:1-31 NKJV

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What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.” But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world? For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say,  “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we better than  they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Or is  He the God of the Jews only? Is  He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there  is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Verse of the Day – February 26th


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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Phillipians 4:8 NKJV

Billy Graham Speaks on Love


Isaiah 64:6 NKJV
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But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

Love Despite Ourselves

The Bible teaches that all our righteousness—falling short of the divine standard as it does—is as filthy rags in the sight of God. There is absolutely no possibility of our manufacturing a righteousness, holiness, or goodness that will satisfy God. Even the best of us is impure to God. I remember one day when my wife was doing the washing. The clothes looked white and clean in the house, but when she hung them on the line they appeared soiled and dirty, in contrast to the fresh-fallen snow.

Our own lives may seem at times to be morally good and decent; but in comparison to the holiness and the purity of God, we are defiled and filthy. In spite of our sins and moral uncleanness God loves us. He decided to provide a righteousness for us. That is the reason that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross.

Daily Prayer

My life is like a gray pall beside the whiteness of Your purity, Lord Jesus. Cleanse me this day.

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She Reads Truth X – “The Whatsoevers…”


PHILLIPIANS 4:2-9 NKJV

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are  noble, whatever things are  just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are  lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there  is any virtue and if there  is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
“Rejoice Be Gentle And Pray”

This is a shorter section of scripture, but it is full of application for us every day. In this section Paul wants to encourage the church–he makes it very clear that their focus needs to be on Christ, as he begins by addressing Euodia and Syntyche and asking them to settle their differences. [v.2]

As we’ve seen in previous passages: Paul doesn’t exactly avoid confrontation.

He continues with three specific ways to be unified in Christ. Let the small things remain small things and allow God to unify us through the gospel message. Christ came to make us new. Each of us: you, me, everyone.

The first application Paul gives is to rejoice. [v. 4] Paul doesn’t say “rejoice only when you feel like it.” or “rejoice when God blesses you.” No, he encourages us to rejoice always. Rejoicing when the trials hit hard, when blessings are abundant; because no matter what the day brings, you know that it is not the end of the story.

Next, Paul urges us to show gentleness to others. [v. 5] In our society, the word gentleness could be mistaken for “weak” or “timid,” but that’s not what Paul is saying here. Does he tell us to be bold in our faith and love for Christ? Absolutely. The original Greek, Epieikes, can be translated as “equitable, fair, mild.” Think of the unity that would exist among us if we had an internal mindset of peace, with an outward showing of gentleness: focusing on God and allowing Him to unite us.

Paul addresses worry and anxiety next. No matter what your current life status, we’ve all experienced worry. And this is the thing about worry: worry breeds worry. Instead of allowing worry to become an idol in our lives, we need to bring every request, every fear, every praise and every petition [v.6] to Him.

Bring your worries to Him, and He will replace them with His peace.

In what ways do you remember to rejoice? What are some distractions that keep you from rejoicing? Do you have a story to share of finding joy in a difficult situation that may encourage someone else?

Write down a list of way you can be bold, yet gentle in your faith. If you’re comfortable, share these with the community.

Do you struggle with anxiety? Worry? Take time to bring these worries before the Lord. Ask Him to replace them with His peace.

Courtesy of the She Reads Truth community!