“What was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.” – Romans 6:21

Every day, we hear promises – performance guaranteed by-products, claims in advertisements or sales pitches, and what we can expect from relationships. The Bible reminds us why our human perceptions can be wrong. Going along with the crowd and doing what seems popular leads to pitfalls. We can’t trust just anyone. We should not be like Eve who was lured into doubting God and depending on her own desires (Genesis 3:1-7). We should trust completely in Him. Paul challenged us to look back with honesty and realize how often we have ignored God and done what we wanted. We’ve done things because they seemed popular and believed what others promised. We’ve been disappointed often, and many times results did not fulfill our expectations. We sometimes regretted our decisions. The Bible reminds us that our human perceptions are flawed. Our understanding is limited. We often do things because we feel compelled by our human nature. But, thanks to Jesus, we no longer are slaves to these pressures. We don’t have to feel compelled to do what seems popular. The fact is that Jesus has set us free (v. 18). Think about the things you will do and say today. Commit your choices to God. Seek to do His will and obey His Word. Ask Him for discernment. Remember, you are not obligated to go along with the crowd or serve your human desires. Through Jesus you are free!

Read: Romans 6


“Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping.” – Romans 4:17-18

God promised Abraham that he would have a son and that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars in the sky. But for Abraham and his wife, Sarah, this seemed impossible. In the natural, they were too old to have children. It physically was not possible. It would have been natural for Abraham to doubt God. How futile it must have seemed to believe that in his old age, he could be the father of a multitude. But he continued to believe, even when there seemed to be no hope. He was rewarded for believing in the God of the impossible (Genesis 15:1-6). Abraham provides a powerful demonstration of faith and how we should approach the problems we face. Following his example, we always should have faith in God. Regardless of how things appear, we always should hope. Paul reminded us that there are no limits with God. He “creates new things out of nothing.” He can breathe life into any situation. As the Creator, He can speak anything into existence. The Bible teaches that we are to have this attitude toward our problems. If we face situations that seem hopeless, we are not to give up but stand on God’s promises. Keep believing. Whatever you face, commit your needs to Him. Have faith. Keep believing. He is the God who gives life to the dead, the God of miracles. With Him, nothing is impossible.

Read: Romans 4