Rewards in Heaven - Day 1

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, quiet our hearts as we lean in to listen to what You have to say this day. May we forget whatever is distracting us, so we can focus on You.

READ: Romans 8:1, NIV

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”

REFLECT: 

This verse is a declaration of hope and truth after Paul asserts that his flesh will always fail him. He writes about this in Romans 7:21-25, put plainly in the Message version: “It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything, and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” We’ve all seen this pattern in our lives. This pattern of the flesh that pulls us away from good, Godly things back into our old routines. Some days it feels so strong that we submit without thinking. Some days we are empowered by our freedom that was won by the blood of Christ and wage war against our fleshly desires. But Paul comes to this beautiful, truthful conclusion in Romans 8:1. I always want to write it in the biggest letters I can. “There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Realizing this truth and living in it is our only hope to walk into freedom.

APPLY: 

What sin patterns do you see in your life? What keeps tripping you up? It could be that fiery anger, the lying tongue that seems to speak on its own, or the selfishness that rears its ugly head before you can stop it. Write down Romans 8:1 on a piece of paper and tape it somewhere you can see it. Commit to memorizing it as a weapon in the fight against sinful flesh and live in the freedom to flee that sin.

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, You are so good to us! In Your love You gave Your only Son to die for our sins, so that we can live in freedom from the bonds of sin. We know You’ll help us in this fight.

Terry Schneider