All that people need to be saved is in Jesus. There is no human philosophy or manmade traditions that can save any one of us. Only the blood of Christ can save us from our sins and make us complete in Him. Jesus is our all in all.
Let’s let the following song lyrics be our prayer today. Father God, we love You so much. Please accept these words as our prayer today to You. We bless Your holy name.
You are my strength when I am weak You are the treasure that I seek You are my all in all Seeking You as a precious jewel Lord, to give up I’d be a fool You are my all in all Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name Taking my sin, my cross, my shame Rising again I bless Your name You are my all in all When I fall down You pick me up When I am dry You fill my cup You are my all in all Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name You’re my everything The beginning and the end The first, the last You are The great I Am Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name Jesus, Lamb of God Worthy is Your name Worthy is Your name Worthy is Your name
The old self (ways of thought and life in the flesh & world) is dead. We are new in Christ. The life that we now live, is lived to please Him and do what He wants us to do. Which we begin to learn as we study His word.
Father, We do love You. We acknowledge that You are Lord. It is not what we want to happen in our lives, but rather we desire Your will and purposes to be accomplished through us. Thank You for working in us and through us. You are so loving. It is only through Your great love living inside us that we are able to accomplish anything. We don’t have any worries of tomorrow or what this day may bring because we trust in You. You rule over everything. We are safe in You. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father, We are so thankful for Your presence. Thank You for Your indwelling Holy Spirit. We are not trying to compare ourselves with anyone else. We want our lives to line up with what Your purposes for us. Help us to remember that what is important is to share the Gospel with any and all that You place in our paths. We want to do the right things for the right reasons because of the love of Jesus which fills our heart. We want Your approval not man’s. We glory in You and what You have done. Thank You so much for loving us and saving our souls from the depths of hell. We love You. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father God, You are so wonderful. Thank You so much for the great love that You have for us and for the love that You have placed in our hearts to be able to love others with. Words could never express the gratitude we have for all You have done for us. You are awesome. Thank You for Your acceptance, love mercy and grace. There is no-one like You. We praise Your holy name forever. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father God, We are so thankful for Your great love. May we always and only boast in what You have done for us. How You have freed us from the curse of sin and death. How You have given us a new life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. How You have shown Your love to this fallen and sin-riddled world. May our boast be always and only in You and what You have done for mankind. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father, You are God. You are our Lord. We come before You and thank You for this day and for all of Your promises. Today’s thought is truly amazing. We are sealed with Your Holy Spirit. We are Your people. We are secure in You. We trust You with our lives. Please help us to continue to live for You. This world has nothing for us. Empower us to reach the lost with Your glorious strength. May everything we say and everything we do bring You glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
In Romans 8:17 Paul says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” According to this verse, we share in the sufferings of Christ now and will share in the glory of Christ later as His “co-heirs” or “joint-heirs.”
The term heirs of God emphasizes our relationship to God the Father. As His children, we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade . . . kept in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4). The Greek term translated “heirs” in Romans 8:17 refers to “those who receive their allotted possession by right of sonship.” In other words, because God has made us His children (see John 1:12), we have full rights to receive His inheritance. We are His beneficiaries (see Matthew 25:34; Galatians 3:29; Colossians 1:12; 3:24).
Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, is the natural “heir” of the Father. “God said to him, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father’” (Hebrews 5:5; cf. Psalm 2:7). Christ’s inheritance is the whole universe, all that is in existence: Hebrews 1:2 says that the Son has been “appointed heir of all things.” Being a co-heir with Christ means that we, as God’s adopted children, will share in the inheritance of Jesus. What belongs to Jesus will also belong to us. Christ gives us His glory (John 17:22), His riches (2 Corinthians 8:9), and all things (Hebrews 1:2). We are as welcome in God’s family as Jesus is; we are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV). All that belongs to Jesus Christ will belong to us, the co-heirs, as well.
“You are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:7). Think of all that means. Everything that God owns belongs to us as well because we belong to Him. Our eternal inheritance as co-heirs with Christ is the result of the amazing grace of God.
The musical play Annie contains a wonderful illustration of becoming an heir of God. When Annie moves from the orphanage to the Warbucks Mansion, it’s an incredible change for her. She leaves behind a spiteful, alcoholic caretaker and enters a relationship with a caring father. She goes from having no possessions to having a fortune at her disposal. The hard-knock life is overcome by the brightness of a sunny tomorrow. Seen from a Christian perspective, Annie pictures what being a co-heir with Christ means. “We share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17).
Ephesians 2:13 says, “In Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” God took us, poor orphans in this world, and made us a part of His family through faith in Jesus Christ. He has showered us with blessings and promised us an eternal inheritance, based on the worthiness of Christ Himself.
Father God, Thank You for Your great and amazing love for us. We are Your children. You have good things prepared for us. We worship You. We give You praise. We sing of Your great holiness. There is none like You. You are above all. You are magnificent. We cannot say enough how wonderful You are. Help us Lord, that as we go through any and all sufferings, that we would always keep the faith and do the right things for the right reasons. This world is not our home. We long for the time when the earthly sorrows we have to go through will be wiped away. We love You and long to bring You joy with all the things we say and do. Help us, Lord, for it is when we are weak, that You can be strong in us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Romans 8:37 says, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” To conquer is to be victorious over an adversary. To be “more than a conqueror” means we not only achieve victory, but we are overwhelmingly victorious. If the final score of a basketball game is 142–6, we know that the opposition put up a fight, but they were no match for the victors. The win was beyond the scope of a regular victory. There are many illustrations in the Old Testament of God bringing miraculous victory to His people, Israel. Humanly speaking, Israel was no match for their enemies. But God cautioned them not to be afraid, that He would fight their battles for them. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” The Lord told Jeremiah that He was bringing armies against the rebellious Israelites as punishment for their disobedience, but even then, “‘They . . . will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 1:19). In one instance, an entire army fled their own camp when God caused them to hear the sounds of a great army coming. The famine-racked Israelites were able to plunder the enemy camp and provide for their families through no act of their own (2 Kings 7). Not only were they saved from an approaching army, but they actually benefited from the threat. They were “more than conquerors.” Satan is our adversary. He sends all kinds of life-defeating, joy-stealing attacks to threaten the well-being and faith of God’s children. Many of those attacks are listed in Romans 8:35–39: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, and sword. Paul is encouraging us to stand firm in our faith when those attacks come, reminding us that not only will we win in the end, but Jesus enables us to win now. Satan lacks the power to steal our eternal destiny, and he cannot separate us from the love of God right now. Nothing we face worries God in the least. If we are His children through faith in His Son, then we have His pledge of love and protection. In John 10:27–29, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” To be more than conquerors means we face the trials of life with the certainty that we are not alone. We have a mighty Father who fights for us. We approach the darkest valleys with confidence, knowing that nothing can happen to us that is not permitted by our loving Father for our good (Psalm 23:4; Romans 8:28). We have His promise of eternal life (John 3:16; Titus 1:2; 1 John 5:11) and the presence of Almighty God every moment of every day until we see Him face to face (Psalm 139:7–12; Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20). No sin of ours and no attempt of the enemy can steal the loving care of God from our lives, and that makes us more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.
Father God, How wonderful You are to Your children. You have given us words of life and encouragement. Thank You for Your great love and encouragement. Thank You that through Jesus we have the victory. Nothing can separate us from Your love. Lord, if any of Your children have failed and walked away from You, we ask that You would draw those hearts back to You today. Use us to speak to others of Your great love, mercy and compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Father God, Thank You so much for Your word. Thank You that we are dead to sin. That old self has no control over us. We are Your children. Father help us to be submissive to Your will and Your ways. Teach us what You want us to do. Help us to remember that we are dead to sin. Give us strength to answer all people (even those who treat us harshly) with and in love. Help us to endure even when we are treated unfairly. We know that Jesus suffered for us and He left for us an example that we should follow in His steps (1 Peter 2). We want You to be pleased with us in all of our encounters. Please forgive us when we fail You and help us to come back to You quickly. We love You. Help us always to remember that we are dead to sin and alive in You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Sorrow according to the will of God, tending to the glory of God, and wrought by the Spirit of God, renders the heart humble, contrite, submissive, disposed to mortify every sin, and to walk in newness of life. And this repentance is connected with saving faith in Christ, and an interest in his atonement. There is a great difference between this sorrow of a godly sort, and the sorrow of the world. The happy fruits of true repentance are mentioned. Where the heart is changed, the life and actions will be changed. It wrought indignation at sin, at themselves, at the tempter and his instruments. It wrought a fear of watchfulness, and a cautious fear of sin. It wrought desire to be reconciled with God. It wrought zeal for duty, and against sin. It wrought revenge against sin and their own folly, by endeavours to make satisfaction for injuries done thereby. Deep humility before God, hatred of all sin, with faith in Christ, a new heart and a new life, make repentance unto salvation. May the Lord bestow it on every one of us.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Father God, It is our desire to please You in all of our ways. Help us to continue living for You. If there is anything that we are doing that is wrong, we ask that You show it to us so that we can repent and walk closer to You. We thank You for Your word. You guide us and correct us, and here we are wanting to know more and more of Your truths. May we apply what we have learned to our lives. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.