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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Proper Walk of a Christian

by Wally Fry

Wednesday, September 4

The Proper Walk of a Christian

Romans 13:11-14

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof,” Romans 13:14.

As has been stated before; salvation is not the apex of our Christian lives. While it is the greatest thing the Lord can do for us, it is not the only thing He can do for us and through us. Salvation is merely the beginning of our lives as Christians. The expression we often use, Christian walk, says a lot. Standing still is not walking; to walk implies that we put one foot in front of another and move forward.

We are on a spiritual walk so to speak, and God’s expectation of us is that we do place one spiritual foot in front of another and move forward. In verse 13, of our study Scripture for today, we see the following: “ Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” It is important that we not mistake this for a laundry list of dos and do nots; a checklist of proper Christian things is not the point. The real point comes in our key verse.

We are to take off our old selves, and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to turn our backs on the things of the flesh (the world) and move toward the things Jesus has planned and foreordained for us. Our Christian lives are to be a constant walk from where we are now to where we are going. Are we walking, or are we standing?

JUST A THOUGHT: If we are a long-time Christian, do we have years of experience and growth or just the same year repeated over and over?

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Love Fulfills the Law

by Robert Brock

Thursday, June 6

Love Fulfills the Law

Romans 13:8

“Love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law,” Romans 13:8.

“Owe no man anything, but to love one another” (Romans 13:8) implies that loving others is a moral obligation one must pay to fulfill the Law of God.

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:14, 16).

God intends for His children to keep His laws. However, Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, proved that man cannot keep it. In Matthew 19, He taught that only God is good. Paul admitted only in Christ can I do all the things God requires. It is very difficult for man to admit he cannot be good. This creates a dilemma for Christians, they know God wants them to be good and Romans 7 teaches they cannot do it. Romans 1 solves man’s problem with keeping the Law of God. Man could not keep it to get saved, neither can he keep it to stay saved. If we fall in love with Jesus, He loves others through us. Therefore, God’s love in us does not offend God nor does it use and abuse man thus keeping the whole Law.

Sometimes, life can be hard and unfair, and we feel no one loves us and we find it hard to love others and keep God’s standards.

THOUGHT: Love fulfills God’s Law. God keeps it through us.

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