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Romans 16

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Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

– Romans 16:25-27

God, in His grace, establishes us by the Gospel. He has justified us, is sanctifying us, and will glorify us, according to His mighty power, in Christ. The God be glory through Jesus Christ forever!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Romans 15

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And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation,

– Romans 15:20

May God lead us today, and this week, to boldly preach the Gospel among those in our lives that have (1) not yet heard, or (2) to this point, not responded.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 14

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So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

– Romans 14:12

Are you prepared to one day stand before God, and give an account of yourself to Him? If that strikes even an inkling of fear or pause in your mind and heart, you need to prayerfully consider a few things.

First, do you know God as Father? Or are you relating to Him as Judge? Don’t misunderstand. God is revealed in the Scriptures as a judge. But, if you have trusted in Christ for salvation, then God is your Father, and you are His child.

Second, are you restless about the prospect of standing before Him to give an account, because you have been halfhearted or lukewarm in your commitment to Him? Do not be indifferent in your walk. It is not a casual thing to which we have been called. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Third, if you are reading this, your life isn’t over … you’re still alive. It’s time to reengage in the work, wholeheartedly! God has gifted you with energy, assets, time, talents, gifts, etc. Be a good steward of the resources that God has given you. Our desire is to one day hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant…”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 13

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Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

– Romans 13:1

Today is the first day of July, which means that—at least in the US—we will be celebrating Independence Day, this week. I am grateful that I live in a place, and at a time where religious liberty is a reality. The freedom that I have to gather whenever, and virtually wherever, to worship God, and proclaim the truth of Scripture, is a wonderful blessing. But in light of the freedoms I enjoy, I know that there are many Christians that do not enjoy the same, in other places around the world.

This exhortation from Paul is a true challenge for some. May God be with, and strengthen our brothers and sisters who are subject to governing authorities that stand against the cause of Christ, and threaten persecution upon those who serve and follow Him. We may not always understand how and why God allows and appoints certain leaders in certain places. But we can trust His plans, though we do not understand them.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 12

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If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

– Romans 12:18

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). As the children of God, we should—as much as depends upon us—seek peace and pursue it.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 11

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Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

– Romans 11:5

By God’s grace there is a remnant, in accordance with His prophetic promise. There are those, of the seed of Abraham (that is to say, Jews), that have received the Grace of God in Jesus. Would to God that many more would believe!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 10

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Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.

– Romans 10:1

Who, in your life, do you pray for to come to Christ? Who would you desire would be saved? A son, or daughter? A brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or parent? Perhaps a co-worker, or neighbor? Have you committed to consistently pray for their salvation? Have you asked God to open their ears and heart to the Gospel? Have you shared the Gospel with them or invited them to church?

Paul’s heart’s desire and prayer was for the salvation of the lost. And his desire and prayer compelled him to act with tenacity in making the Gospel known. His example is one we ought to follow.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 9

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For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,

– Romans 9:3

This is truly a profound statement. For Paul so loved his countrymen (i.e. the Jewish people), that he could wish himself damned that they might be saved. I can honestly say that I cannot personally comprehend Paul’s mindset, in this. I can say with certainty that I desire those whom I love to be saved, but to wish myself damned for their salvation … I would not.

The obvious assumption is to think of this as hyperbole from Paul. But when you consider they way in which he risked his life time and again to see the Gospel carried to unbelievers, you realize he was fully committed to this end. Theologically speaking, Paul could not trade his salvation for the salvation of others. But practically speaking, he was willing to lay down his life that they might hear, know, and believe the Gospel.

May God grant that we also have the same passion for the salvation of the lost. Could you imagine how different the evangelization of the world might be if even a fraction of God’s people followed Paul’s pattern?

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 8

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For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

– Romans 8:15

It is so important that the Christian recognize, and fully understand, the nature of the relationship with have with God, in Christ. In his first epistle, the Apostle John writes, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” According to God’s great love, we are joined to Him as His children. We have a wholly new identity in Christ.

We are not striving so that one day we might be called the children of God. We are now, by the love of God, through the Gospel of grace, the adopted sons and daughters of God. We have received the Spirit of adoption where by we cry out to God as “Abba, Father.” For all intents and purposes, this is the Hebrew equivalent of “daddy.”

For this reason Christians routinely say, “I don’t have a religion, I have a relationship.”

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Romans 7

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O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

– Romans 7:24

I am so grateful that there is a good answer to this important question. Our deliverance from this body of death is “through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Blue Letter Bible

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon