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“For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” (Romans 11:16–18, NKJV)


 Is God impressed with you? Before you answer that question let me give you some synonyms for impressed: awestruck, rapt, captivated, mesmerized and spellbound. So, is God impressed with you? Obviously not! For God to be impressed with you, you would have to be Him. Therefore why do you work so hard to impress Him when you can't?

   A better question for us to ask is, do we please Him? The writer of Hebrews tells us in 11:6,


“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)


We please God by believing in Him. And He rewards us when we chase after Him. The idea here is trust. Have you placed your confidence in Gods work for your salvation?  Paul tells us "we are saved by grace through faith" in Gods work not our own. God worked for our salvation by sending His Son to die for our sin. If you want to live by the law, then the law will judge you. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! However if you want to live by grace than you will believe and accept Gods provision for your sin - the death of His son.

   In chapter 11 of Romans Paul is confronting our tendency to be impressed with ourselves. God rejected the Jews because they trusted in their works, not because the gentiles were so much more impressive. And he proceeds to warn them if they want to base their salvation on works, then grace no longer exists for them, only their ability to impress God by living a perfect life - FAIL!!!!! 


"But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you."  (Romans 11:18)


   How do you view people from other churches, political convictions, life styles and cultural backgrounds? Do you see them in light of the grace God has shown you or have you written them off? (Read Ephesians 2:1-10)

   It's all about the root, not the branches. Be impressed with Jesus and others will be impressed with Jesus in you.

Romans 8 I Am A Child Of God


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Tuesday, 19 February 2019