Why I Do the Things I Do

Romans 7: 15, 17, “In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate…So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.”

Enough Said

Romans 2:1, “Some of you accuse others of doing wrong. But there is no excuse for what you do. When you judge others, you condemn yourselves, because you are guilty of doing the very same things.”

Encourage & Help

We all, at one time or another, have felt left out. We know what it is like to be excluded and how wonderful it was when someone included us.

1 Thessalonians 5:14, “…Encourage anyone who feels left out, help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone.”

This Sunday, let’s look around for someone who is alone and include them.

A Very Good Speaker

Acts 18:24, 25, “A Jewish man named Apollos came to Ephesus. Apollos had been born in the city of Alexandria. He was a very good speaker and knew a lot about the scriptures. He also knew much about the Lord’s Way, and he spoke about it with great excitement, but all he knew was John’s message about baptism.”

There are many good speakers, who know a lot about scripture, much about being a Christian, and speak with great excitement; but everything they say must line up with the Word of God.

That is why it is important for us to read the Bible every day. We need to know what it says, otherwise we may be directed the wrong way or miss something God has promised us.

Epicureans and Stoics

Acts 17:18, “Some of them were Epicureans and some were Stoics, and they started arguing with him.”

“Epicureans: People who followed the teaching of a man named Epicurus, who taught that happiness should be the main goal in life. Stoics: Followers of a man named Zeno, who taught that people should learn self-control and be guided by their consciences.” CEV Bible Notes

Most people could be called Epicureans, but very few could be called Stoics.

July, 2014 Readings

• 1 – Romans 10-12
• 2 – Romans 13-15
• 3 – Romans 16; Acts 19
• 4 – 1 Corinthians 1-3
• 5 – 1 Corinthians 4-6
• 6 – 1 Corinthians 7, 8
• 7 – 1 Corinthians 9, 10
• 8 – 1 Corinthians 11, 12
• 9 – 1 Corinthians 13, 14
• 10 – 1 Corinthians 15, 16
• 11 – Acts 20; 2 Corinthians 1
• 12 – 2 Corinthians 2-4
• 13 – 2 Corinthians 5-7
• 14 – 2 Corinthians 8-10
• 15 – 2 Corinthians 11-13
• 16 – Acts 21, 22
• 17 – Acts 23-25
• 18 – Acts 26, 27
• 19 – Acts 28, Philippians 1
• 20 – Philippians 2-4
• 21 – Colossians 1, 2
• 22 – Colossians 3, 4; Philemon
• 23 – Ephesians 1-3
• 24 – Ephesians 4-6
• 25 – 1 Timothy 1-4
• 26 – 1 Timothy 5, 6; Titus 1, 2
• 27 – Titus 3; 2 Timothy 1-3
• 28 – 2 Timothy 4; 1 Peter 1, 2
• 29 – 1 Peter 3-5
• 30 – Jude; 2 Peter 1, 2
• 31 – 2 Peter 3; 1 John 1, 2

A Promised Share in His Kingdom

Hebrews 2:5, “My dear friends, pay attention. God has given a lot of faith to the poor people in this world. He has also promised them a share in his kingdom that he will give to everyone who loves him.”

We will always find someone who is richer than we are and it is difficult to not be jealous or covet. In those times it is good to remember the story of Lazarus, (See Luke 16:19-31).

Luke 16:25, “But Abraham replied, ‘Son remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.'”

We have no idea the riches God has stored up for us in heaven.

 

 

He Makes Our Hearts Pure

We think we have to clean up our act before we come to God; but the opposite is true. We put our trust or faith in God and he makes us pure.

Acts 15:9, “God treated them in the same way that he treated us. They put their faith in him, and he made their hearts pure.”

God actually creates in us a clean or pure heart, (see Psalms 51:10).