Monday, October 7, 2019

Romans 16:17-18a NIV 2011

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.

Paul started to close his letter to the faithful in Rome in verses 17-20 using reminders of the fall found in Genesis 2-3. There were people in Rome causing division much like Satan did with Adam and Eve. He used his guile to seduce Eve into believing God really didn’t say what she heard just as there were false teachers with a perverted message. Paul boldly told the faithful those people were not serving the Lord but rather their own self-interest. God will triumph over evil. All who serve the Lord boldly stand firm even when enticed by the enemy.

Growing up classmates called me “little-timber” referring to my maiden name. Though I towered over boys and girls in my class, the name fit. In eighth grade many caught up with me. I never thought of myself as anything more than just another kid, not realizing I was indeed that much taller than my classmates. The middle of six, I did not have the luxury of thinking of myself as something more. God was leading me as His servant. Humble underpinnings assist me daily standing firm when the enemy encroaches. 

How will we stand firm today?

Standing on Jesus,


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