“What can a relationship with Jesus do for me?”
Jewish leaders of Biblical times put a huge emphasis on the Law, and how if you wanted to obtain “right standing,” with God you had to uphold said Law.
In the portion of Paul’s letter to the Romans that we’re looking at today, Paul is reminding them that Jesus fulfilled the Law, that because of Him, we all have “right standing,” with God.
“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.“
What’s the point?
What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:
“You’re allowed to doubt while still having faith!”
It is with our hearts that we believe!
As I read this verse, excitement, peace, and understanding came flooding over me!
When I struggle with doubt, asking if this whole Jesus thing is even real … those questions, and doubts ….
they are simply thoughts that originate from my head.
But my faith, that can’t be described, the truth of, “I just know and feel God,” …
all of those amazing emotions …
they come from the depths of my heart!
My mind may question and wonder, and that’s normal. But the honest truth, the thing that matters above all else is what I truly believe in the bottom of my heart.
As you cry out in pain, desperate for healing … what does your heart cling to?
As you experience love, real honest love … what does your heart believe?
As you feel pure elation and joy … who does your heart praise?
God! It’s our faith in Jesus!
Ask Jesus to help you accept that love, not just once at a formal Baptism, but each and every day … may the words on your tongue be those of deep faith.
Practice allowing your heart to be your guide this week, as we examine more closely our own parts in this beautiful story!
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.
Over the course of this study, let’s commit to creating a habit of praying every day. You’re welcome to structure this time however you’d like, and in whatever way works best for you. However, I’ll provide a few steps in case you’re looking for a jumping off point.
** First things first, schedule time to pray, every day. If it’s the same time every day (i.e. every morning at 7:00 am), that is great and will help you establish lasting habits easier … However, I understand some people have different schedules every day. So, whether it’s the same time each day or not, sit down with your calendar and decide when you’re going to pray, each day, over the next two weeks.
Lock this in as you would any scheduled meeting … and be sure to keep this appointment!
** Also, decide how you want this time to look. If you’ve never tried a prayer journal before and think it sounds interesting, give it a shot these next two weeks. Just figure out where you want to pray, and what (if anything … like a journal, pen, Bible, background music etc.) you’d like to have nearby.
Remember though, there’s no right way to pray, I’m simply encouraging you to stretch a bit and try different ways of praying, because you might just surprise yourself!
One Way To Try:
- As you start to pray … First, list out all that’s crowding your mind. Nothing is too random or trivial for God, so clear your brain as you hand it all over to Him.
- Ask God to help you deepen your faith. Really devote some time to asking Him to reveal both Himself and His Will to you over the course of this study.
- If you’d like, present any other requests to Him that you have for your life, or for the lives of those on your heart and mind.
- Lastly, spend at least two minutes in silence! What did He lay on your heart, or what came to your mind during this time? (If you’re journaling your prayers, be sure to write these down and go back and look for patterns over time.)