SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL FOR MAY 6, 2023 (THE WORLD CONDEMNED)
TOPIC: THE WORLD CONDEMNED
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, I request that you help me to encounter you as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 3:9-20
Question(s) for Reflection• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?• Q 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
The passage addresses man’s condemnation and the revelation of the wrath of God. It sums up the ultimate reason why all men need the righteousness of the gospel. The Jews are not better than the Gentiles because we are all ‘under sin’ (v.9). To be ‘under sin’ is to live under its authority and act in its sphere. Sin is mainly a condition of rebellion against God. Being ‘under sin’ results in a ruined relationship with God (vs.10-18) and with people (vs.13-14), and shows in our actions (vs.15-18).
Therefore, we are accountable to bear the consequences of our guilt. Although men may sense a spiritual vacuum, or believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, aspirations to know God are dead. Being under the power of sin means that we do not just sin occasionally, we are subjugated to everything that goes with sin. We are under guilt, condemnation, sin’s power, and its final destiny – hell. God has therefore been just, and our damnation is deserved and right.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Just As I Am With One Plea1. Just as I am—without one plea,But that Thy blood was shed for me,And that Thou bidst me come to Thee—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
2. Just as I am—and waiting notTo rid my soul of one dark blot,To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
3. Just as I am—though tossed aboutWith many a conflict, many a doubt,Fightings and fears within, without—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
4. Just as I am—poor, wretched, blind;Sight, riches, healing of the midyear, all I need in Thee to find—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
5. Just as I am—Thou wilt receive,Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because Thy promise I believe—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
6. Just as I am—Thy love unknownHath broken every barrier down;Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Closing PrayerLord, your verdict on sin is real. Only in you is my freedom. I silence my voice and submit to you.
Prayer for the week► Pray against adversity and confusion for which the world has come to be known for.► Pray for families who are suffering due to the financial situation of things.► Pray for grace to keep following Christ despite the situation of things around us.Offer a prayer of faith in line with Deuteronomy 11:12
One-Year Bible Reading Plan1 Samuel 5, 6, 1 Corinthians 14.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – 6TH MAY 2023
PRAYER FOCUS:BECAUSE I AM INVOLVED
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good work, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in…. – Ephesians 2: 10
THANK GOD FOR:► Our SUCF Senior Friends who are Stake holders in the work of the Lord on Campuses.► The good work they are doing in Gods vineyard as they continue in the faith.
PRAY FOR:► The summit they are having in the East today, that it will yield fruits that will abide.► The Lord to establish the plans of having SUCF, set the spiritual standard, and retain the standard in Nigeria Universities.► Grace for the Alumni that they continue to abide in the Lord, attend fellowship at the grass root as they continue in the work of the Lord.
PRAY AGAINST:► Distractions, divisions and straying away from the truth of the gospel after leaving school.► Failing to identify with the fellowship at the grass root after graduating from school.