Tag Archives: Romans 6:23

You Cannot Do It

Oh my goodness, Father, my eyes are having a hard time staying open this morning! Help me to see what You have for me today. “Make me a blessing to someone today.”

Matthew 1:20-25 (<<click the green)

From a very early age, most of us don’t like being told that we cannot do something. It gets us into all kinds of trouble either doing (or trying to do) it anyway or throwing a fit because we can’t. For that matter that’s what got Adam and Eve into trouble at the outset of time. They were told they could eat from every tree…except one. And of course which tree did they eat from? The one from which they were forbidden, bringing condemnation on the entirety of humanity for the rest of time.

Yet today we fight against being told we can’t do certain things. We continue to be ravaged by sin – it is a constant battle for us all. But one thing we can’t do? We cannot save ourselves from the onslaught of sin and its repercussions.

Romans 6:23 tells us that, the wages of sin is death…” We cannot save ourselves from the ramifications of sin. We are condemned to death. We, in and of ourselves, can do absolutely nothing about it. We can try all sorts of things to conquer sin but all of them fail. We are doomed.

But…that is where God steps in. In our passage today the angle of the Lord explains to Joseph all that is going on with Mary. The son she carried “was conceived by the Holy Spirit” and Joseph was to “name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” The name Jesus means, “The Lord saves”.

Romans 6:23 begins with, “For the wages of sin is death…” but the last portion of the verse exclaims “but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I love the phrase in my study Bible* that says, “Jesus didn’t come to help people save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin.” (emphasis mine)

Thank You, Lord, for the salvation You freely extend to us all. We may not like to hear it but we cannot save ourselves. As the meaning of Your name proclaims “The Lord saves.” I am so grateful that You do, for I surely cannot.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Sept 12th, Tues, 6:44 am

Ready to Suffer?

Father, what will this day hold? Only You know. The plan is getting things done here at home, lunch with Karen, have my phone checked out, and an 8-hour closing shift at Kohl’s before heading back home. Yes, that is the plan but only You know for sure and You know the particulars. Father, my day is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

1 Peter 4:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read this passage I have to honestly ask myself if I am “ready to suffer.” You suffered physical pain. The pain You suffered wasn’t punishment for wrongdoing – though that was the intent of the religious leaders of Your day. All of humanity was in debt to sin – we all owed but none, not one of us, could pay. The wages of our sin was death (Romans 6:23) – but You took on our debt and You paid it in full by Your suffering and death. When we accept Your gift of salvation that debt is eradicated and we are reconciled in our relationship with You.

You created us knowing You would have to suffer but in all honesty am I “ready to suffer” for You? I am no different than anyone else; I don’t seek out pain. If I have anything to say about it, I avoid pain and suffering. But just as truly, I believe I would take a bullet for a loved one, I would suffer for You, Lord. Because of all You’ve done for me, it’s the least I can do. Because You love me the way You do, I must stand for You. I pray for Your strength and wisdom and courage. Only You know the particulars of what my life holds. My life is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

Feb 1st, Wed, 6:14 am

Enslaved

Thank You, Father, for Your touch. Many times in life things in life can be difficult, painful even, but You make all the difference. Thank You for answered prayer. Thank You for Your love and concern. Amen

1 Peter 1:18-20 (<<click here)

“… God paid a ransom…”

At the very heart of it all, every single one of us – every man and woman ever to be born on this earth – all of us were enslaved from the moment of conception. We had no other alternative to the fact that sin was our master. In and of ourselves, we were powerless. We could not escape. And the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).

Lord, You knew that when given the choice at the very beginning that the first man and woman – who were the only ones given a choice – You knew they would choose themselves over You. They chose sin over an intimate relationship with You. They chose instant gratification over eternal absolute satisfaction. And once that choice was made it could not be undone, not by them, not by any of their descendants throughout the course of time.

But You? You, Lord, made a choice. And that choice was made before any of the world came into being. Before the world was even created, You knew what would be chosen. We were not created as puppets or machines. We were given the power to choose. We could love you…or we could love ourselves.

And because You knew what our choice would be, You set things in place that could set us free from the bondage that was chosen. It looked like freedom but it was enslavement to sin, masquerading as freedom. And what we did, we then could not undo.

But You knew…and the only means of ransom from our bondage was set in motion from before the very beginning.

To be continued…

Nov 5th, Sat, 7:38 am

Temptation

Father, a snippet of today’s Puritan prayer would be my prayer this day,

“While Jesus is representing me in heaven, may I reflect him on earth,
While he pleads my case, may I show forth his praise.”

For all You have done, are doing, and will do for me, Father, and out of my love for You, though it is but a minuscule fraction of Your love for me, may I reflect and praise You with the entirety of my being! Amen.

James 1:12-15 (<<click here)

Now, there is something that plagues us all, Lord, temptation! On this side of eternity, we cannot escape it. It is always just around the corner ready to pounce. And in our own strength, we will ultimately succumb to its ravages. Obviously, I have a bit of experience dealing with temptation…we all do. But can we blame God or anyone else for tempting us? Not at all! Verses 14 and 15 make a very clear statement.

“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entices us and drags us away. The desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Temptation is all too real and sin is the ultimate outcome. But, all praise to You, Lord, we are not defenseless! Your Holy Spirit lives in all who have confessed our sins and have given our lives over to You. The instant temptation is there, He is there to help us. If we will but listen to His guidance we can stand firm. He gives us the strength to say no and if it’s best to do so, to run from its influence. Through Your presence in our lives, we can be victorious.

And if we fail to listen and we are enticed and dragged away, all is not lost.

“…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9

Lord, with Your death You paid the wages for our sin. Thank You is not enough. And even though we deserve to die for our sin, we are offered not our just wages but the gift of eternal life through You.

Thank You, Lord, for all You do and all You are. May I grow stronger in my faith every day so that I may live for You and shine forth my light for Your glory! Amen.

Aug 8th, Mon, 6:06 am

More than Conquerors

As we come together this morning, Father, may I be focused on you and attentive to Your words…and may that be the case not just here and now but throughout our day together. Amen.

Hebrews 9:1-15 (<<click here)

Lord, for my mind to wrap itself around this passage I need to go back to the very beginning. Adam and Eve were very clearly told, in fact it explicitly states in Genesis 2:16-17,

“But the Lord God warned him, ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden – except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’”

They disobeyed and sin entered the world and according to God’s word, being irrevocably true, with sin came death. Paul’s statement in Romans 6:23 makes it clear. “For the wages of sin is death…” So for Adam and Eve’s sin to be forgiven death was required. Their death was not instantaneous but blood had to be shed. To cover their new found nakedness blood was shed – a life was sacrificed – and so it began.

So for thousands of years because sin was inevitable (and will be until Christ returns) life – blood – was forfeit for forgiveness. And that was the case still when Jesus first came to live amongst us.

Over time God set up a structured system by which sins could be forgiven. It may have provided the necessary forgiveness but it dealt basically in the realm of the physical and ceremonial. By its very nature it could not get to the core of the problem – the conscience. And there was no permanence to it – every time they sinned another sacrifice was needed. In addition every year it was necessary to offer a sacrifice for the community as a whole.

But in God’s timing Jesus came to live amongst us. He became the perfect, once and for all, sacrifice. And His sacrifice went way beyond the ceremonial and physical – it went to the very core of our being. His blood not only covers us but His very presence fills us. The conscience can be brought under control.

Lord Jesus, thank You for all You do. We no longer need live defeated lives. In You we are victorious, “In You we are more than conquerors. Romans 8:37 NIV

Apr 5th, Tue, 6:45am

A band that I really like is Rend Collective – here’s a great song by them if you’d like to check it out!