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Study of the Word

Scripture for the month:

August 2017 
Romans 7: 1-6 (NKJV)


Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.


Pastor's Note

I enjoy hiking and it is drawing near to the time to start hiking again. 
I start out a bit out of shape and stop frequently.  Some of the guys pick up where they left off and up the mountain they go!  It takes me a couple trips to get back into the rhythm of hiking. I have to stop a lot the first couple of trips but, the more I press on when I really want to stop builds stamina and momentum and after a couple tries, I cut an hour and half trip down to about an hour. The key is building and maintaining stamina and momentum.

As I apply that principle to the text, I realize our unity with Christ is like a marriage and how do we keep our marriages new, fresh and exciting? We find ways to keep them fresh and exciting or they risk becoming stale. 

 

As it is with our marriages and relationships so it is with our spiritual lives.  We’ve got to work at keeping our spiritual lives fresh and exciting and one of the ways to do that is to realize the new covenant of grace is always new not because of when it came but because of God who sent it by way of Jesus.  So, there’s a challenge of sorts in this text to keep our spiritual lives fresh, new and exciting.

 

One of the difficulties for someone who has been a Christian a while is that as time goes by, even the new covenant ceases to be ‘new’ to us but that’s our challenge isn’t it, finding ways to make it new? Look at verse 6, the Bible says, ‘we should serve in the newness of the spirit and not the oldness of the letter’.  In other words, to keep our spiritual momentum going, we’ve got to find ways to keep something that doesn’t seem new as if it is every day of our lives.  How?  Read the Bible every day. Mediate on it after reading it. Talk to God every day in prayer. Try to live it every day in the newness of the Spirit and it’ll keep us new and fresh, it’ll help us enjoy God’s presence and keep us refreshed for whatever comes at us. 


Love,
Pastor Paul

Continuing the work of Jesus Christ

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