Light with Jesus
...on The Romans Road
WE BEGIN WITH THE STEPS OF A SINNER ON THE ROMANS
All the persons in the world can take these steps if they
but know of themand are willing to turn their lives over to the
first step any of us must take is to admit, I am a sinner.
Romans 3:21-23 But now
the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed
by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God which is
by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for
there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory
I need no convincing to know I am a sinner. In all probability, I am
a worse sinner than I even know. I have no hope of cleansing my own
soul. In this condition 1 come before You, with the hope that You will
receive me. Oh, God of grace, take me in!
that has put all of us under the same sweeping sentenceGal 3:22;
Isa 64:6; Eccl 7:20
2Now, we acknowledge
that Christ Jesus died for our sins.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us (He gave us the
favorable attention of His love), in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid
on Him the iniquity of us all.
· DEAR LORD, Thank You for taking
my sin on Yourself and dying for me. I do not deserve it. But in my
need, I open my heart to receive Your love, and Your sacrifice for me.
The chains that bound me are falling off I am beginning to know Your
love at work in me.
Johns Gospel more is revealed of the Lords love for usJn
3:16,17; Jn 10:9
3Then we take note
of the penalty sin demands,
only to be met by Gods grace.
5:12 Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin (the sin) entered into the world, and (the) death by (the) sin
and so (the) death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned... Rom
6:23 For the wages (the due recompense) of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GRACIOUS LORD, what love!
What love! What love! In the face of our sinMY sinYou extend
the great gift of eternal life. It is more than my weak mind can comprehend.
But, my heart is opening to receive it.
has made manifest His love toward UsI Jn 4:9; Eph 2:4-8
4Clearly and simply,
we learn to call upon the Name of the Lord for our salvation.
10:11-13 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him
shall not be ashamed (frustrated or disappointed). For there
is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over
all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon
the Name of the Lord shall be saved.
· DEAR LORD, I see that You
are rich unto all who call upon You. My sin is great. It will take all
the wealth of Your grace to make me whole. ButI believe You are doing
this very thing. So, right now, I call upon You to bring Your salvation
into my life. Oh, I worship You!
Word on Pentecost from Joel confirmed the above Word from PaulAc
WE NOW BEGIN
A DISCOVERY OF ROMANS 6. If we receive Christs death as the sacrifice
for our sin, it means we receive His death as our death to The Sin brought
on by Adam. We let this become real in usas real as His resurrection
5By what Jesus Christ
did on the cross, we are free from the bondage of The Sin.
6:1,2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin (continue
to embrace The Sin), that grace may abound? God forbid (let that
not be so). How shall we, that are dead to sin (we, who died
to The Sin), live any longer therein?
Galatians 6:14 But
God forbid (let it never be) that I should glory, save in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto
me, and I unto the world.
· LORD, I am beginning to see
that receiving You as my Savior means that I accept Your death as my
own. Oh, teach me to glory in the cross by which You died! Let the work
of the cross have its effect in me as I relate to the world. I want to relate more and more
to You and Your Kingdom.
becomes a matter of our affections being made rightCol 3:1-3
6When we confess our trust
in Christs sacrificial death by being baptized, we are set free
to walk in a new kind of life.
6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him
by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of
· LORD, make Calvary real to
me. How little Ive known of what took place when You died there.
Help me come to a better understanding. I want to walk in light and
life as a new creation. I renounce the old. I am opening myself to the
are admonished to put to death our old waysCol 3:4-11
7When we confess our
trust in Christs death for us on the cross by being baptized,
we are set free to walk as new creations.
6:5-7 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of
His death, (if we have become closely entwined with Him in His death) we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection:
knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body
of (the) sin might be destroyed (rendered powerless), that
henceforth we should not serve sin (be no more in bondage to the
sin). For he that is dead is freed from sin (has been cleared
from the guilt of the sin).
· GREAT LORD, what grace that
You would bring me into so close an association with You! That is what
is setting me free. This gracious work is coming into all of my life.
My relationship with others is changing! My desires are toward right
are ready to let the world see
what Christ has done in usII Cor 5:17-20
8Jesus, in His death,
broke the dominion of the death brought on by Adams sin.
WELCOME TO THE
POINT NOW OF KNOWING, RECKONING, AND YIELDING.
These are the three marvelous
steps we learn in this Epistle that bring us into an overcoming life.
6:8,9 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall
also live with Him: KNOWING that
being raised from the dead dieth no more (the) death hath no more dominion over Him.
· FATHER, I have begun to see that when
I receive Your Sons death as my death, I receive His life also.
I am free from the spiritual death that kept me in bondage all those
years! My mind cant understand all, but, oh, my heart has begun
to know! I can see what I never saw! And, oh yes, my understanding is
Gods ways are past finding out for the mind not outside of ChristRom
9We never cease putting
to our account that we both died and were raised with Christ.
6:10,11 For in that He died He died unto (the) sin once:
but in that He liveth He liveth (on and on, continually) unto
God. LIKEWISE RECKON ye also yourselves (put it down to your account,
daily, without ceasing) to be dead indeed unto (the) sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
· DEAR LORD, what a victory
this is for me! By my trying, I could never overcome some things I knew
were wrong. Now I have found the power of the cross. It is cutting through
my lusts, my anger, my greed, my utter selfishness. I am being made new. And its all
on account of Your amazing grace! I love You.
person made new in Christ will live for His gloryI Cor 6:20;
Gal 2:20; Col 3:17
10After the reckoning comes
Romans 6:12,13 Let not (the) sin therefore reign in your
mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof? Neither yield
ye your members as instruments ol unrighteousness unto (the) sin:
but YIELD YOURSELVES UNTO GOD, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
· FATHER GOD, I yield myself
unto Youall that 1 am and all that I have. Take my life, my
willmy abilities and talentmy possessions. I want all
that I am to be useful for You and Your Kingdom.
are ready for the good and perfect will of GodRom 12:1,2
WE NOW COME
TO A DEAD RECKONING WITH THE SIN THAT HELD US IN BONDAGE. Just because
we have found our freedom from sin by the grace of God is no license
to continue sinning.
11We are beginning to discover
the greatness of Gods grace.
6:14-16 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are
not under the Law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because
we are not under the Law, but under grace? God forbid (let that
not be). Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteousness?
· DEAR GOD, some sin still tries to come
back into my life. Im dealing with old issues, like angerresentmentlustguilt. I want to come on to the place where I live
in victory day by day. Oh, Lord, even hour by hour, and moment by moment.
My desire is to live in unbroken communion with You. To know this, I
am yielding myself to the greatness of Your grace.
learn from Davids great desirePs 27:4-6
12We are beginning
to discover the greatness of Gods grace.
6:17,18 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin (bond slaves of the sin), but ye have obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine (teaching) which was delivered you. Being then
made free from (the) sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
· FATHER, I thank you for the
teaching that has come to my heart from theApostle Paul. And I thank
You for the teachers today that open his Word. Bless them. Cause them
to continue to speak right things with regard to YourKingdom and our
part in it. Here are these whose names I call before You. Anoint them.
have Jesus and the early ministers as our examplesMt 4:23; Mt
9:35; Ac 15:35; Ac 28:30,31
13As we gave ourselves to
uncleanness, we now give ourselves to what is right and pure.
6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity
of your flesh (I speak on a human level because we all still walk
in the flesh): for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness
and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants
to righteousness unto holiness.
· LORD, I want to be more than
just religious. I want to be clean and pure in all my thoughts, actions,
and relationships. Let my every conversation be pleasing before You.
Let what I say and do draw others to You.
is a prayer for us all to prayPs 19:13,14
14It would be a foolish thing
for us to return to the sins that once held us in bondage.
6:20,21 For when ye were the servants or (the) sin, ye
were free from righteousness (there were no restraints upon you). What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? (What good purpose would there be in your returning to Your old
ways?) for the end of those things is death.
I seeOh, I see!How foolish were the ways in which I once
walked. I have no desire to return. But, LORD, there are people back
there who walked with me in the darkness. They are still there. Draw
them. Let them see a difference in my life that will cause them to want
You as their Savior. And please protect me from ever being drawn back
into sin with them.
new creations we turn from our old ways never to returnIl Cor
4:1-4; Eph 5:12
15Through Christ Jesus
we are now free from the sin imposed on us from Adam.
6:22,23 But now being made free from (the) sin and
become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end
everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
LORD, I praise YouOh! I praise You! for setting me free
from the bondage I was in. I still sometimes feel grief over my old
ways, but I know You have received me. I am Your child. Your Spirit
bears witness with my spirit that I am in Your Kingdom. Let Your light
and life shine through me to all I see or know.
will be times when we are put to the test, but Gods grace will
prevail in usI Pet 3:15-18
16The ruling principle
of Life in Christ Jesus frees us from ruling principle of The Sin that
holds on to The Death.
IN ROMANS 8
WE DISCOVER THE END OF THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN OUR CARNALITY AND GODS
SPIRIT. Because of the grace and persistent love of God, His Spirit
wins out and He becomes the ruler of our new life.
8:1,2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit). For
the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death.
I thank You for prevailing in me over the carnality that once ruled
me. I see the new law at workthat principle of Life in Christ
Jesus. Oh, what a wonderful Life He is working out in me! I want its
work only to increase. By Your grace it shall!
have a new confidence in our life
because of Christ JesusPhil 1:6; Eph 1:13,14
17Now we have a hope
8:3,4 For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the
Law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit (not according to the flesh but according to Gods
LORD, Im tired of the flesh. It has controled me far too long.
It has pushed me toward sinful acts that are disgusting. From this day
on I want to be under the control of Your Spirit. Take me on, take me
on in this! It will be a new way for me. I need Your help!
are washed, justified and sanctified
in the Name of the Lord JesusI Cor 5:9-11
18Through Christ Jesus
we are now free from the sin imposed on us from Adam.
8:5,6 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace.
AND LOVING LORD, I thank You for the peace that has become mine. It
is now ruling in my life. Even when the darkness tries to creep in,
Your grace prevails for me. I praise You for this.
are coming to know the rule of Gods peaceGal 6:14-16; Col
19We have found the
futility of carnality.
8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God.
GOD, I certainly have learned that I cannot please You by carnal means.
I praise You for drawing me to know Your Spirit. Thank You for teaching
me, guiding me, reprimanding me, and loving me.
Christ, we learn our lives are not to be governed by the ways of the
20Through Christ Jesus
we are now free from the sin imposed on us from Adam.
8:9,10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so
be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body
is dead (has lost its power to rule) because of (the) sin;
but the Spirit is life (alive in us) because of righteousness (the new righteousness that has become ours in Christ Jesus).
· LORD, 1 thank You for prevailing
in me over the carnality that once ruled me. I see now that new law
at workthat principle of Life in Christ Jesus. Oh, what a wonderful
Life He is working out in me! I want it only to increase. By Your grace
bodies become living temples for the Holy SpiritI Cor 3:16; I
Cor 6:19; II Cor 6:16
21Gods Spirit is bringing
us new Life.
8:11,12 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the
dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken (bring life to) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that
dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live after the flesh.
· LORD, I receive the Life that
Your Spirit is bringing to me. He is living in me. He is healing me!
He is teaching me to walk in a way pleasing for Your Kingdom. Oh, He
is moving through me to touch other lives! I praise You! I have longed
for this! Now it is real.
Light of the Lord is coming upon usIsa 60:1-3
22The Spirit of God
and His grace have brought us on to become mature sons in His household.
8:13,14 For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the
body, ye shall live. For as many as are led (governed) by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (mature sons in Gods
please continue teaching me to walk as a mature son/daughter in Your
household. For too long carnality held me. Now I am learning a new way
of life. Oh, GREAT LORD! The greatest thing about this life is that
You are the One living in me now!
have come into a new way of life; we now live under the control of Gods
From this point on in Romans 8, the reference is to the
There is no more reference to the flesh.
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