Working in finance since my teenage years, I’ve become interested in how exchange rates work – especially when they have a personal effect on my pocket! But what if a significantly serious exchange, affecting our long-term future, has taken place and we haven’t been told about it…
READ ROMANS 1 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Exchange is a concept that is constantly happening all around us without even thinking about it. We exchange our cash for items when we go shopping. I exchange the petrol in my fuel tank for miles driven in my car. Even when I breathe my body exchanges the oxygen intake before expelling carbon dioxide. But what about another exchange, as if holding onto gold, that can and will serious effect our long-term future?
Echoing the ancient prophet Habakkuk,[a] Paul explains again, in today’s chapter, that the Creator God’s Good News Message is actually the power of God for salvation. Unlike religion, which reveals human righteousness, a righteousness from God has been revealed which can only be tapped into by faith in what He’s done. [v17] However, although…
“…what may be known about the Creator God is plainly seen [v19] … they knew God yet they neither glorified Him nor gave thanks to Him [v21]… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie [v25]… they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God…” [v28]
So, the first chapter of the Book of Romans is about exchange rates: (i) the rate at which human beings are choosing to opt out of holding onto their Maker, and; (ii) what they’re choosing to exchange Him for. It makes me wonder what it is that I value more, and what I’d rather hold onto today, instead of holding on to Him.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to tap into the Creator God’s Divine Exchange? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Creation from everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord! [Psalm 106:48]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s Grace on the Rep of Niger[c]
Your Country: National Laws in the ‘forming stage’
Yourself: Your neighbours and work colleagues
Your concerns for today
Because of Your great goodness toward Your people, Father God, that You’ve given to me according to Your compassion and the abundance of Your loving-kindnesses, I’ll make mention of these and praise You every day. [Isaiah 63:7]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Help me today, Holy Spirit, to be filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. [Philippians 1:11]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Thank-you Lord that the teaching of the wise is a fountain of life. It turns me aside from the snares of death. [Proverbs 13:14]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer
“And my God shall supply all your needs, according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:19]
[a] Habakkuk 2:4
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31