MARCH 16: Inspirational vs. Transformational
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If you were to watch or read the news today, chances are high that you would read something about local or national politics, as well as crimes or other worldwide disasters. You may be lucky and have the opportunity to read some “good news,” finding an article that is uplifting and encouraging to your soul.
These “good news” stories in today’s media are few and far between. Moreover, they’re also inspirational in nature. They may provide some encouragement for your day, but all in all they won’t have a significant impact on how you live.
The author of Romans (Paul) begins this lengthy letter by declaring from the outset that he has been chosen by God to preach the “Good News.” The Good News Paul speaks of is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it is transformational. It not only has the power to provide us with daily encouragement, but it has a significant impact on how we live.
As you read today, pay close attention to how Paul describes the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and how these truths can and should impact our daily lives.
READING & JOURNALING:
INTRODUCTION TO ROMANS, ROMANS 1:1-17
In your Study Bible of choice, read through the introduction to the Book of Romans.
When was Romans written? What are some of the key themes of the book?
Re-read Romans 1:3-6. What are some of the truths about the Good News? What do these truths mean for you personally?
Heavenly Father, it’s easy for me to get caught up in what others say or think about me, but ultimately it is You who determines who I am. You see me as Your friend and as a Saint. May these truths resonate deep in my spirit each and every day! I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
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