SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR MAY 4, 2023 (THE JEWS ALSO NEED GOD’S SALVATION)
TOPIC: THE JEWS ALSO NEED GOD’S SALVATION
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, may the entrance of your word bring light and life to all I will do today.
SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 2:17-29
Question(s) for Reflection• Q 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
The Jews are God’s covenant people through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Most often, self-righteous Jews boast of their relationship with God and look down on non-Jews as sinners. Identify some of the things the Jews consider as assets in their relationship with God (vs.17-20). The word “if” (vs.17,18,19) casts doubts on their profession. Why? Christians are guilty of the same thing today when we profess to be God’s people but live contrary to His Word.
Read vs.25-29 again; circumcision was the physical evidence of Israel’s covenant relationship with God (Genesis 17:10-12). The Jews had come to take it as guarantee of God’s favour. A man who is not circumcised is regarded as having no covenant relationship with God and excluded from the commonwealth of Israel. What was Paul’s view about this (vs.28-29)? The truth of our relationship with God as Christians today is not in circumcision or following church ordinances or anything else, but in accepting Christ’s offer of salvation and obeying His word. Our lifestyle must always agree with our profession of faith.
Practice/Word ApplicationAnd So: Reflect on v.24. How are you living your life, bringing glory to God’s name or blaspheming God’s name among unbelievers?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Closing PrayerMake Matthew 5:16 your prayer for today.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – 3RD MAY 2023
PRAYER FOCUS: ALIGN YOUR LIFEDo not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,…… – Romans 12:2
THANK GOD FOR:► The thought He has for our lives.► The spirit of who indwells us and helps us to continue in God’s righteousness.
PRAY FOR:► Grace to continue to make our light shine before others, so they can see our good works and give glory to God.► Deliberate decision to be vigilant over our thought and life.► Spirit of power, love and self-control as we continue in faith in this end time.
PRAY AGAINST:► Making a practice of sin or lawlessness.► Failing to draw near to God daily with spiritually cleansed hands.