Daily Bible Reading “What Does it Mean to be Free” (Romans 6:12-23)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Romans 6:12-23. In this Scripture, we are exhorted to not let sin and lust rule in our body, nor let our bodies become instruments of unrighteousness to sin. Instead, we are exhorted to yield ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness.

As Christians, sin won’t have dominion over us, we’re no longer under the law, but we’re under the grace of God. Does that mean we can just sin if we want to? He says, “God forbid.”

The Scripture reminds us that whoever you yield yourselves to as servants and obey, you are his servants? You can yield to sin unto death or to obedience unto righteousness. You were the servants of sin. But, since you have obeyed with your heart the doctrine that was given to you, you have been made free from sin. You have become the servants of righteousness.

 

First Corinthians 7:22 says, “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.”


Like you have yielded yourselves in the past to be servants of uncleanness and wickedness, now yield yourself to be servants of righteousness unto godliness. When you were a servant of sin, you were free from righteousness and the fruit of that sin you are now ashamed of. The end of those things is death. Romans 8:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”


Now that you’ve been made free from sin, and become children of God, you have the fruit of holiness, and the end is everlasting life. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”


Once we’ve been made free from sin and become servants of Christ, we serve others. First Corinthians 9:19 tells us, “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.”


After we get saved and baptized into the family of God, we’re all the same in Christ, because we all have the same Spirit living in us. First Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”


We should learn, as Christians, to all get along as one in Christ Jesus, because when we get to heaven we’ll have to live together forever. The Scripture says there is no difference in us. Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”


We need to be careful not to turn back to our old ways, but to stand fast in the liberty of the Lord since He has made us free from sin. Sin is a type of bondage, so don’t toy around with it, because it will entrap you. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:


Romans 6:12-23


12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Things to think about:

  • What does it mean to be free?
  • Have you been set free?
  • If so, leave a comment and tell us how your life has changed since Jesus Christ set you free.


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture where we are reminded of Your wonderful gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Thank You for making us free from  sin. Help us to be servants of righteousness and not turn back to our old sinful ways. Help those who haven’t turned their life over to You to see their need for a Savior. We were all born into sin in this world. So we all have the need for a Savior. Thank You, LORD for meeting that need. We love You, LORD. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks to God for You” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. Our feature verse is 1 Thessalonians 1:2, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”

In this lesson we’re going to look at 1 Thessalonians 1. This is a letter from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians. Paul starts the letter like most of his others saying grace and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul says he gives thanks to God for them always in his prayers. Why is Paul thankful for them? In verse 3 Paul tells them he is thankful for them because of their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in Christ. Paul acknowledges that they not only accepted the Word of God he preached to them, but they also received the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul talks about how the Thessalonians were an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia, and to every place their faith in God was spread. We need to give thanks to God for our fellow believers whether they are fellow church members or friends.

Then in verse 10, Paul talks about them waiting for the return of Jesus, if they were waiting way back then, how much more should we be anxiously awaiting Christ’s return for us today.


Daily Bible Reading:

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Things to think about:

  • Why is Paul thankful for the Thessalonians?
  • How can we compare our church to the Thessalonians?
  • Are you an example good to those around you?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for Your grace toward us. You knew that in our human state there was no way we could keep the law. Thank You for Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, and delivered us from the wrath to come. Help us to be faithful to You. Thank You for the love and the hope we have in Christ. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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