1 Corinthians 1:25 – For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This is the age of science and knowledge. But if it contradicts God’s Word, then it is foolishness.
My Advice – Don’t become too impressed with the wisdom of philosopher’s, educators and scientists. Their greatest wisdom is foolishness to God.
1 Corinthians 1:8 – He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We rely on our own strength too much to combat temptation. We are not strong enough in our own strength, but more than strong enough if we rely on God’s strength.
My Advice – Do not think that you are too weak to resist temptation, too weak to be obedient. God will keep you strong if you ask Him too.
Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – How do we renew our minds and thus be transformed? By allowing Godly thoughts to fill our minds rather than worldly thoughts. This is done through constant prayer, diligently reading His Word and through regular Church attendance and involvement.
My Advice – Don’t believe that you have to conform to the world’s pattern of success and pleasure to be satisfied and happy. Allow God to transform you from the will of the world to His will. It will not disappoint you. You will find that it is good, pleasing and perfect.
Romans 8:38-39 – I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – What can cause God to stop loving a Christian? Absolutely nothing, not now, not ever.
My Advice – Never believe that you’ve done something that has made it impossible for God to love you. Nothing can separate you. Never believe that you were saved in the past but you’ve done something since to change that. Neither the “present nor the future” can change that.
Romans 8:28– And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This verse does not say that all things will be good for God’s children (the “called” who love Him). It is certain that they will not. But it is also certain that “in” all things God “will” work for our good. God turns adversity into advantage.
My Advice – When you are going through a rough patch, don’t let it get you down by focusing on the trouble. Instead, start looking for the good things that God is working out for you through the trouble, it will give you a lift.
Romans 7:18, 24, 25 – I know that nothing good lives in me, that is my sinful nature. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! (NIV 1984)
My Musings – We have a sin nature, but we do not have to be slaves to it. God has rescued us from it through His Son’s death and resurrection.
My Advice – Do not let your sin nature rule over you. God has rescued you from it. That is the truth, straight from God’s Word. Satan lies to you, like he lies to us all, that we cannot overcome our sin nature so we might as well accept it.
Romans 6:1 – What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV 1984)
My Musings – People will make any excuse to legitimize their sinful habits and desires. Even going to the extreme of perverting God’s grace.
My Advice – Do not let anyone convince you that grace gives you freedom to sin. It is not true. While God’s grace is bigger than any sin you could commit, it is not a license to continue in sin.