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II Chronicles 1-3:17

O, to be like Solomon and have the sense to ask God for His Wisdom in each and every situation. Then once I was given the Wisdom because I’ve asked for it to use that Wisdom wisely. I know that it is God’s desire for everyone to seek Him and ask for wisdom because I’m told to ask,

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
(James 1:5-6)

Romans 6:1-23

16 Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.

Taking responsibility for the choices we make is a hard thing to do. But Paul says we will become slaves to our choices. In the USA it seems that there are a lot of people blaming everyone else for the choices they have made instead of them blaming the person who looks back at them while they stand in front of the mirror. What I must do is make sure I’m not playing the same “Blame Game” I’m accusing many people of doing.

Psalm 16:1-11

David certainly knew who is God was. He knew his attributes His character; His ways in order to write a Psalm that speaks to and encompass all the fears, joys, hopes and longings we humans have.


Proverbs 19:20-21

21You can make many plans, but the LORD's purpose will prevail.

I’ve heard it said that God will never go against anyone’s will but he sure knows how to make you willing, just ask Jonah.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Mike and everyone,
Regarding the passage in Romans today,
this sermon helps me to understand, 4/13/2011 by Charles Henrickson “Present Yourselves to God” (Romans 6:12-23)
share an excerpt from it:
"Under New Ownership.
Have you ever seen that sign on a storefront? It means that the business has been bought out by a new owner, that the old owner is no longer in charge. And the new owner may have a different way that he wants to run the business...
Ever since your baptism, you have belonged to a new owner--to God, who purchased and won you with the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ. And in your baptism, you were given the gift of the Holy Spirit, to act as a sort of internal guidance system, to redirect your life, to trust in God and to do the will of God from a happy and willing heart. You are under new ownership now. You belong to God."
Romans 6:14, 16 Amp. Bible
14 For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].
16 Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?
Father,
may You in Your mercy open our eyes,
that we may see that we are no longer slaves of sin, which leads to death;
but that by the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, we could continually surrender ourselves to You, happily and willingly, which leads to righteousness.
We humbly ask for Your help daily, hourly.
in Jesus' Name I pray, amen.

Sincerely,
Joyce

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