Saturday, January 18, 2020

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 ended his letter to the faithful in Rome in verses 17-20 reminding the faithful of the fall found in Genesis 2-3. There were some in Rome causing division much like Satan did with Adam and Eve. Satan used guile to seduce Eve into believing God really didn’t say what He said. False teachers were offering them a much different message than the Truth. Paul boldly told the faithful these men were not serving the Lord but rather their own self-interest. In the end, Satan loses. All who serve the Lord boldly stand firm even when enticed by the enemy.

Growing up with a brother and the middle of four sisters, I needed to find my own way. Moving every year from age seven to eleven made it difficult to maintain friendships. Tall and gangly, I never had the luxury of thinking of myself as anything more than whom I was: me. I’ve been His since I asked Jesus into my heart. God leads me as His willing servant to boldly go where others may not. My humble underpinnings drive me daily to stand firm when the enemy encroaches. 

How will we stand firm for Him?

Standing firm together,

S  

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