Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
“23 The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
With these verses we’ve come to the end of chapter 4. It hasn’t been just a quick survey of the story of Abraham. Instead, it was an examination of the key figure of the Jewish faith so that Paul could show us that God did not act along the lines of law and retribution, but of faith, grace, and justification. What Paul laid out is important for us to fully understand because what was true about Abraham is also true for us!
Abraham wasn’t justified through circumcision or by his keeping the law; his justification came exclusively through his faith and his belief in the promise of God. And since Abraham’s faith was in our God, the way of Abraham’s faith is our way. More importantly, it is the only way.
Think about these two statements for a minute: What is true about Abraham is true for us. Abraham’s faith is our way, and more importantly, it’s the only way.
Do you believe this to be true?
If not, why? If you do, think about the way it has impacted or will impact what you do today. How will you allow it to guide your conduct as you go about your day? Think about all the ways it encourages and strengthens you. Try and keep these truths in your mind today as you do all that you have before you. At the end of the day, ask God to show you how it has impacted your day.
*From what you have just read and considered: What is a personal implication/application for your life today?
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.
Inspiration and insight for the devotionals came from the following books: Reading Romans with John Stott; The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World (The Bible Speaks Today Series), Stott, John; Romans (The NIV Application Commentary Book 6) Moo, Douglas J.; Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies) Moo, Douglas J.; Believers Bible Commentary; The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, with the New International Version, Romans through Galatians; NIV Application Study Bible. The Pursuit of God, Tozer, A.W.