I’ve been contemplating this verse today after our pastor mentioned it in church this morning.
Romans 3:11-18 (ESV)
“No one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
This morning as I meditate on Romans 8:28 my heart is filled with joy by the truth of God’s Word. His Word is living and ever-changing yet constant in its ability to guide us through the human struggle. Few of you know this, but since February I have been seeking a new career path after quitting my job at a small company with a Jesus Christ intolerant environment.
After months of prayer and listening to God’s voice I realized I am meant to be a teacher, an English teacher at a Christian High School. Once I realized this truth, I took the appropriate steps to making it happen and the doors starting quickly opening, like it was a mission from God. I sit here in awe of the wonderful work Jesus has done in my life these short 10 months. He has totally changed my life from the inside out and He is only getting started! I am a little nervous about this huge career change but I have a steady faith and a joy that comes from knowing that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called! And I can’t do this unless God goes before me! Hallelujah!!!🙏
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
The genuine power of Jesus Christ is revealed through the simple aversion unbelievers have towards Him. Since becoming a Christian I have lost more friends, have had more people make fun of me (I know, it’s crazy that biological adults still do that, right?), and have had people actually question my sanity.
None of this ever happened when I was sharing the satanic message through the language of New Age practices/phrases. No one rejected me or made fun of me when I told them I was into yoga, or meditation, or Buddhism, etc. Unrepentant sinners have an aversion to Christ for reasons they cannot even understand perhaps? Perhaps the disdain they have for my beloved Lord is deeper than they can ever understand. For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but instead against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Most people don’t even recognize the fact that there is a spiritual realm existing all around us, let alone understand how it works. The enemy has you fooled if this is you. The best way to defeat someone is to make them believe you do not even exist.
When I experience the scoffing aversion to Christ from the proud people I meet and people I know personally, I see how powerful Jesus Christ actually is. God is 100% sovereign, and 100% Holy, and His purpose is not to affirm us, and morph into who we want Him to be based on our own human desires. He is the Almighty Creator, and He bows to NO ONE. Hallelujah!
[Romans 8:7] “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.”