Romans 8:28 Reflecting on “His Purpose”

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NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

This week in our online group we learned that in order to truly live according God’s purpose, a person must SEEK to have a Heart Like Christ  🙂

 

Today, let’s dive even deeper into this verse by using the SOAP strategy.  This can be done by writing in a plain notebook or on a printable SOAP sheet found here:

 

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What SOAP stands for:

  • Scripture:  Select a verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
  • Observation:  What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or a whole book.
  • Application:  How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.
  • Prayer:  Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.

 

 

 

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Here is a poem to help you reflect:

 

The Heart of Christ ~

https://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/the-heart-of-christ/

let-this-mind-be-in-you CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Oh, to have the heart of Christ,
to love one and all . . .
to forgive the one who stumbles
to lift up the ones who fall.

Then I’d have the mind of Jesus,
I’d see others deepest need
I’d minister to the lost
their souls to heaven I’d lead.

Oh, to have the life of Christ,
to see all in His saving light
to heal the ailing hearts
to give all eternal sight.

Then I’d have the mind of Jesus,
I’d take His Word across the land
I’d lead others to His Kingdom
deliver the unsaved into His hand.

Oh, to have the heart of Christ,
beating deep inside me . . .
to have the mind just like Jesus
oh, how wonderful that would be!

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Philippians 2:5
King James Version

“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belk

According to HIS Purpose

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I normally choose to use the NKJV of the Bible for our weekly devotions, but this week I am choosing to use the NIV. The reasons behind this are stated later in this devotion.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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History Behind This Verse

Romans 8:28 was written by Paul to the church of Rome.  Paul was an apostle who spent the second half of his life traveling and spreading the good news of Jesus. He also wrote several letters to many of the early churches during this time.  The letters he wrote are called epistles.  There are 13 of Paul’s epistles found in the New Testament. Paul’s letters were written for multiple reasons.  Some were written for encouragement.  At this time Christians were often tortured and killed for their faith.  Paul understood the fear and difficulties that came to many believers during these early years.  And some of these epistles were written for redirection. Now days  many religious denominations have “boards” of people or “governing manuscripts” available to direct and guide their churches.  In the early days these “boards” did not exist. The early churches did not have manuals to follow or church heads to guide them in their daily decision making, so God called certain apostles to act as church governors. Paul was one of these appointed apostles.

When this verse was written, the church of Rome was just being established.  Members of this early church were being tortured and killed for their faith, Paul wanted to reassure these believers of God’s LOVE for them! Verse 28 is part of this reassurance. This verse is still very much relevant to us today.  It is easy to question and doubt God’s love when trouble befalls us, but we must remain strong in our faith.  Just as God only caused GOOD in the lives of these Christians of Rome, He ONLY causes GOOD in our “current day”  lives as well.  

We know that in all things that God works are for the good of those who love him.

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Why I chose the NIV translation for this week’s devotion

Great thoughts to ponder on this verse by :

http://lhim.org/blog/2011/10/09/a-complex-verse-romans-828/

Let’s look at this verse using two different translations:

Romans 8:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

According to Brian Keeting:

Translation 1: God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.

Translation 2: In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.

“Translation 1″ appears to state the following about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then every single thing that happens to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, no matter what events happen to that person, all of those events are actually good things for him. This is because God, Himself, is explicitly controlling every single event that happens to that person.

“Translation 2″, on the other hand, has this to say about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then everything that God does to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, all of the events that God causes to happen to that person are for his own good. However, this does not mean that every single event that happens to that person is necessarily good – because many of those events are not caused by God at all.

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My Thoughts:

We live in a fallen world.  Bad things happen on a daily basis, but God does not cause these things to happen. God is not a dictator.  He rules out of love not out of ego-seeking power. God LOVES us. When God does step in to help, He only causes GOOD!!!!

Our Heavenly Father has given each person free will to make their own choices.  Sometimes our own poor choices cause bad things to happen to us and sometimes other people’s poor choices cause us to suffer, but these events are caused by us (humans), not by God.  Our God is not going to cause evil to come upon anyone.  He will sometimes allow it, but He will not cause it!

Our LOVING Lord will often step in to help us if we ask, but we are not His puppets.  Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to surround and fill us with His extreme LOVE, but He is not power hungry. He is not sitting on His Heavenly throne and controlling every event here on earth.

I know that sometimes even when we ask, it seems that God chooses to not step in at all. Sometimes a tragedy may lie ahead in our future and when we ask our Heavenly Father to use His power and wisdom to stop the tragedy, He does not. This is extremely difficult for our limited minds to understand, but one day we will understand all.  For now we must simply keep turning to HIM!

On a happy note:

 Even when terrible things take place, God CAN make something GOOD come out of those tragedies!

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Key Words

According

to

HIS 

Purpose

According: agreeing

to: used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place,or thing

His:  God

Purpose:  an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal

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Connection to Us

In order to clearly understand this verse we need to have a clear understanding as to what “God’s Purpose” clearly means.   God’s purpose for us as His son’s and daughters is that we be conformed to the image of Jesus.  This is often very difficult for us to do, because it means that we’re going to have to literally “die to self”. God desires for us to become “Christ-like”.  To do this each one of us will have to stop thinking and asking for things according to “my way.” We will need to begin accepting God’s way as the rule in our lives.

For most of us, this is easier said than done.  As humans, we all have a tendency to be self centered. Putting our needs and wants in front of others comes much too easily for us.  The moment that we decide to answer God’s call and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are expected to turn from our old lives.  At that point we truly are making Jesus our LORD.

For many of us it is easy to accept Jesus as our Savior because most agree that they need to be saved from both our sin and this corrupt world.  It is much harder to accept Jesus as our LORD. Many individuals attempt to only answer the first half of the call.  This will not work.  The invitation is an “all or nothing” one. When we answer the call we are saying that we indeed will allow Jesus to be BOTH our LORD and our SAVIOR!

I challenge you over the next few days to pray, read, and reflect upon what it truly means to be like Christ.  Since THIS is our purpose, it is our job to always be working towards this goal.

Here is a short list of some key qualities of Jesus:

I found these here:  http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-character-traits-of-jesus-to-emulate/

1)  Compassionate

Jesus never looked away from people; He always looked upon them and had compassion (Matthew 9:36). Whenever people were around him, Jesus understood what their real needs were and sought to address them. For some, physical healing was necessary, for others the root issue was spiritual. In all cases though, Jesus took the time to actually notice that people were hurting—and His compassion drove Him to help them.

2)  Servant

Without a doubt, Jesus was the ultimate servant. Although He was praised as a great teacher and even had a decent following, He made sure to teach them to be servants by actually doing it himself. In Mark 10:45, Jesus even tells everyone: “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” Despite having the authority to get anything He wanted, have people praise and pamper him, He did the exact opposite by lowering himself and serving others.

3)  Loving

Obviously, Jesus had a love for others. If He didn’t, He wouldn’t be compassionate nor a servant. Jesus claimed that there is no greater love than to die for one of your friends—and He did just that. If anyone doubts His love, all they have to do is look upon the cross and see the agony that He bore for their sakes. He experienced that horrible death so that all can be saved. That, very clearly, is true love at its finest.

4)  Forgiving

One of the most startling things said in Scripture is found in Luke 23:34, when Jesus is on the cross and proclaims: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Even while bleeding and experiencing pain, Jesus had His heart set on forgiveness—even forgiving those who put Him there in the first place! This is definitely contrary to the everyday mantra of looking out for number one and obtaining personal justice. Jesus was by no means concerned for His own life; all He wanted was to provide a way for forgiveness.

5)  Committed

Jesus had no lack of commitment whatsoever. Wherever He was, or whoever He was with, He was fully in the moment and fully committed to His goals. Despite praying fervently in the garden of Gethsemane to avoid having to bear the cross and all that physical torture, He knew it was the only way to pay for everyone’s sins, so He stayed completely committed to His goal. There were certainly many obstacles during His ministry, but He stayed on track and finished strong.

6)  Prayerful

No matter how busy His ministry got, He found time to be alone and pray. Whether it is in the garden of Gethsemane, across a river, or on a mountaintop, Jesus disappeared for a while in order to pray to the Lord. People always tried to find Him, and He never turned them away, but He also made sure to make time spent with His heavenly Father a priority.

7)  Gentleness

There were certainly times where Jesus used stern words, but He knew when gentleness was appropriate. Children seemed to love coming to him, and He made sure the disciples knew not to hinder them when they did so. When speaking with His disciples, mother, or other ladies, He could be very kindhearted and gentle. But, when He was giving someone a rebuke or making a point in an argument, He knew when turning up the heat was necessary and only did so strategically.

8)  Patience

Throughout the gospels, Jesus clearly gets portrayed as a very patient man. After all, He was surrounded by disciples who constantly doubted him, Pharisees and Sadducees who continually attacked Him, and large crowds who wouldn’t leave Him alone. Despite all of that, He kept His composure and responded appropriately to every individual.

9)  Self-Control

Before His ministry was launched, Jesus spent time being tempted by the Devil in the wilderness. Although He was offered food, power, and many other things, Jesus controlled His desires and submitted them all to the will of the Father. Yes, He had desires for food and such, but He had a greater desire to obey the Lord and accomplish what He set out to do.

 10)  Humble

Jesus had every opportunity and right to demand praise and accolades for His miracles and teachings, but He never did! Even when the crowds sought to make Him king, He rushed away from their grasp. He did not want to become a sideshow performance that people could enjoy. Rather, He wanted to seek and save the lost and offer forgiveness for sinful people. Yes, He could have traveled around in order to show off His powers in other towns, but He chose not to.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-character-traits-of-jesus-to-emulate/#ixzz3nJ19E8P0

10 Character Traits of Jesus To Emulate

Who Has Been Called

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I normally choose to use the NKJV of the Bible for our weekly devotions, but this week I am choosing to use the NIV. The reasons behind this are stated later in this devotion.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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History Behind This Verse

Romans 8:28 was written by Paul to the church of Rome.  Paul was an apostle who spent the second half of his life traveling and spreading the good news of Jesus. He also wrote several letters to many of the early churches during this time.  The letters he wrote are called epistles.  There are 13 of Paul’s epistles found in the New Testament. Paul’s letters were written for multiple reasons.  Some were written for encouragement.  At this time Christians were often tortured and killed for their faith.  Paul understood the fear and difficulties that came to many believers during these early years.  And some of these epistles were written for redirection. Now days  many religious denominations have “boards” of people or “governing manuscripts” available to direct and guide their churches.  In the early days these “boards” did not exist. The early churches did not have manuals to follow or church heads to guide them in their daily decision making, so God called certain apostles to act as church governors. Paul was one of these appointed apostles.

When this verse was written, the church of Rome was just being established.  Members of this early church were being tortured and killed for their faith, Paul wanted to reassure these believers of God’s LOVE for them! Verse 28 is part of this reassurance. This verse is still very much relevant to us today.  It is easy to question and doubt God’s love when trouble befalls us, but we must remain strong in our faith.  Just as God only caused GOOD in the lives of these Christians of Rome, He ONLY causes GOOD in our “current day”  lives as well.  

We know that in all things that God works are for the good of those who love him.

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Why I chose the NIV translation for this week’s devotion

Great thoughts to ponder on this verse by :

http://lhim.org/blog/2011/10/09/a-complex-verse-romans-828/

Let’s look at this verse using two different translations:

Romans 8:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

According to Brian Keeting:

Translation 1: God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.

Translation 2: In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.

“Translation 1″ appears to state the following about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then every single thing that happens to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, no matter what events happen to that person, all of those events are actually good things for him. This is because God, Himself, is explicitly controlling every single event that happens to that person.

“Translation 2″, on the other hand, has this to say about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then everything that God does to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, all of the events that God causes to happen to that person are for his own good. However, this does not mean that every single event that happens to that person is necessarily good – because many of those events are not caused by God at all.

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My Thoughts:

We live in a fallen world.  Bad things happen on a daily basis, but God does not cause these things to happen. God is not a dictator.  He rules out of love not out of ego-seeking power. God LOVES us. When God does step in to help, He only causes GOOD!!!!

Our Heavenly Father has given each person free will to make their own choices.  Sometimes our own poor choices cause bad things to happen to us and sometimes other people’s poor choices cause us to suffer, but these events are caused by us (humans), not by God.  Our God is not going to cause evil to come upon anyone.  He will sometimes allow it, but He will not cause it!

Our LOVING Lord will often step in to help us if we ask, but we are not His puppets.  Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to surround and fill us with His extreme LOVE, but He is not power hungry. He is not sitting on His Heavenly throne and controlling every event here on earth.

I know that sometimes even when we ask, it seems that God chooses to not step in at all. Sometimes a tragedy may lie ahead in our future and when we ask our Heavenly Father to use His power and wisdom to stop the tragedy, He does not. This is extremely difficult for our limited minds to understand, but one day we will understand all.  For now we must simply keep turning to HIM!

On a happy note:

 Even when terrible things take place, God CAN make something GOOD come out of those tragedies!

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Key Words

Who

Has Been

Called

Who–  used to give further information about a specific person or people previously mentioned.

Has Been–  past tense

Called-  having been asked or invited to join

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Connection To Us

What does it mean to be called by God?

The clearest verse on God’s drawing to salvation is John 6:44 where Jesus declares that “no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” The original Greek word that we translate as draw was the word helkuo.  Helkuo literally means to drag or draw by an inward power.

If you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior you did so because God Himself led you to do so.  Isn’t God’s LOVE amazing!  His LOVE for you is so strong that He is willing to actually DRAG you out of the death grips of sin to rescue you! As I am typing this I am visualizing being trapped in a burning car.  My seat belt will not unlock and the car doors are jammed shut.  I see God Himself enter the flames, pull open the driver’s door, unlatch my seat belt and carry me to safety! My salvation CALLING was symbolically just like this burning car scenario! My Heavenly Father literally saw me living in a burning, near fatal state and He chose to step in! He came to the scene of the accident (my life of sin)  and dragged (carried) me to safety!!!

The crazy thing about all of this is that some people choose to stay in their burning cars!   Some people actually ask God to close the door and leave them in their current deadly state!  Our Heavenly Father will not force Himself on anyone.  If an individual denies The Lord’s help, God will immediately stop the rescue attempt. Our Heavenly Father will continue to keep His loving eyes on that person.  He may even return a few more times and try again to open the door, but in the end God will not SAVE anyone who chooses not to be SAVED.

Our God is SO VERY GOOD!!!  🙂

For Those Who LOVE God

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I normally choose to use the NKJV of the Bible for our weekly devotions, but this week I am choosing to use the NIV. The reasons behind this are stated later in this devotion.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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History Behind This Verse

Romans 8:28 was written by Paul to the church of Rome.  Paul was an apostle who spent the second half of his life traveling and spreading the good news of Jesus. He also wrote several letters to many of the early churches during this time.  The letters he wrote are called epistles.  There are 13 of Paul’s epistles found in the New Testament. Paul’s letters were written for multiple reasons.  Some were written for encouragement.  At this time Christians were often tortured and killed for their faith.  Paul understood the fear and difficulties that came to many believers during these early years.  And some of these epistles were written for redirection. Now days  many religious denominations have “boards” of people or “governing manuscripts” available to direct and guide their churches.  In the early days these “boards” did not exist. The early churches did not have manuals to follow or church heads to guide them in their daily decision making, so God called certain apostles to act as church governors. Paul was one of these appointed apostles.

When this verse was written, the church of Rome was just being established.  Members of this early church were being tortured and killed for their faith, Paul wanted to reassure these believers of God’s LOVE for them! Verse 28 is part of this reassurance. This verse is still very much relevant to us today.  It is easy to question and doubt God’s love when trouble befalls us, but we must remain strong in our faith.  Just as God only caused GOOD in the lives of these Christians of Rome, He ONLY causes GOOD in our “current day”  lives as well.  

We know that in all things that God works are for the good of those who love him.

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Why I chose the NIV translation for this week’s devotion

Great thoughts to ponder on this verse by :

http://lhim.org/blog/2011/10/09/a-complex-verse-romans-828/

Let’s look at this verse using two different translations:

Romans 8:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

According to Brian Keeting:

Translation 1: God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.

Translation 2: In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.

“Translation 1″ appears to state the following about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then every single thing that happens to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, no matter what events happen to that person, all of those events are actually good things for him. This is because God, Himself, is explicitly controlling every single event that happens to that person.

“Translation 2″, on the other hand, has this to say about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then everything that God does to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, all of the events that God causes to happen to that person are for his own good. However, this does not mean that every single event that happens to that person is necessarily good – because many of those events are not caused by God at all.

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My Thoughts:

We live in a fallen world.  Bad things happen on a daily basis, but God does not cause these things to happen. God is not a dictator.  He rules out of love not out of ego-seeking power. God LOVES us. When God does step in to help, He only causes GOOD!!!!

Our Heavenly Father has given each person free will to make their own choices.  Sometimes our own poor choices cause bad things to happen to us and sometimes other people’s poor choices cause us to suffer, but these events are caused by us (humans), not by God.  Our God is not going to cause evil to come upon anyone.  He will sometimes allow it, but He will not cause it!

Our LOVING Lord will often step in to help us if we ask, but we are not His puppets.  Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to surround and fill us with His extreme LOVE, but He is not power hungry. He is not sitting on His Heavenly throne and controlling every event here on earth.

I know that sometimes even when we ask, it seems that God chooses to not step in at all. Sometimes a tragedy may lie ahead in our future and when we ask our Heavenly Father to use His power and wisdom to stop the tragedy, He does not. This is extremely difficult for our limited minds to understand, but one day we will understand all.  For now we must simply keep turning to HIM!

On a happy note:

 Even when terrible things take place, God CAN make something GOOD come out of those tragedies!

__________________________________________________________________________

Key Words

Those

Who

Love

Him

Those–  used to indicate a specific group of people or things

Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

Him-  God

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Connection To Us

Notice that the “good” that God causes to happen is directed to those individuals who LOVE HIM:

God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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What does it mean to love God?  How do you know if you love God?

These are questions that I think many of us wonder, but we sometimes feel silly to ask.

Let’s work on answering these questions right now………………………….

First of all, God created us to LOVE.

We came into this world READY TO LOVE.

The problem comes when we confuse what real love is.

Love is MORE than a feeling.

 Love is selfless action

Love is commitment

Love involves GIVING your TIME

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  1. Think about that amazing moment when you first fell in love with your spouse:
  •  All of a sudden, your needs took second place to theirs.
  • You wanted to speak and behave in a way that would bring them happiness.
  • Your thoughts drifted towards them all throughout the day and night.
  • You longed to spend as much time as possible with them.

When you LOVE God you will experience seasons like this!

     2. Next, think about a time when you were angry or upset with your spouse.

  • Maybe they did not behave the way you wanted them to.
  • It could have been that you thought that they are neglecting some of your needs.
  • This may have caused you to not FEEL loving towards them.
  • You knew that LOVE is a decision based on promises that were made in your wedding vows, so you stayed committed to the relationship.
  • You did not abandon your spouse or turn from them.
  • Instead, you stayed steadfast and worked to rebuild the feelings of LOVE.
  • Over time those feelings did return- sometimes EVEN stronger than before!

When you LOVE God you will also have seasons like this!!!!

The COMMON thread found in both examples involves our “intention.”  REAL love, whether explored during a good season or bad season, always involves commitment. Time spent with the person you love should not be dependent on your feelings at the moment.  We must always focus our thoughts and energy on growing the relationship stronger.  The other person’s needs should ALWAYS come  before ours!

Our LOVE for God should be the same…………..

Our prayer for today:

Dear Heavenly Father, please help me learn to love you in a deeper, more steadfast way.  Your love for me is so perfect and mature, whereas my love for you is so selfish and childlike. Please help me GROW! Sometimes I base my relationship with you on the wrong things.  Many times I only spend time with you when I FEEL like it.  Please forgive me for this! Please help me learn how to become more unfailing and faithful in our relationship.  Thank you for loving me even during my selfishness!

Romans 8:28 Art Tutorial: Plus Tip-ins!

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There is a lot of information in the videos today–and it explains a lot of the symbolism in this piece as well.  Click HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2) to go to the You Tube videos.  And at the bottom of this post you will find a tutorial for creating tip-ins  with coloring pages and more in your Bible.

But for those of  you just reading:

  1.  It started with a drawing of a little kid’s paper weaving.  I often just sketch random ideas from Pinterest and then wait for the right verse to match up.  This verse reminded me of how individual pieces are not nearly as effective as when we work together as a whole.
  2. weaving outline  Start by drawing all of the horizontal lines (about 10).  Connect them on the ends with funny little lines that make arrows or slants that make them look like the strips.
  3. Add 4 rectangles to the top and the bottom of the horizontal rectangles to create the vertical strips.
  4. Now ****start on the strip on the farthest left.  Skip the first horiztontal strip and add vertical lines that line up with the rectangle you drew at the top to make it look like a continuation of that vertical piece.  Skip every other horizontal piece to continue making it look like it is woven.  Continue for each vertical rectangle.
  5. The colors:  The blue is God in the background and the vertical strips holding it all together.  And then there is a blue horizontal strip that represents Jesus coming to Earth as a man.
  6. Here are two photos of the beginning of the process:

weavving blue paint

4. After applying all of the blue, I painted in the horizontal strips.  I chose rainbow so the colors could melt into each other and make new colors and to represent the uniqueness of each person and the need for differences.

5.  When the painting was complete and dry, I filled in the outlines, and then wrote the verse.

I also wanted to show how to create a tip-in with coloring pages or whatever paper you like.  This is a super easy process!  And this verse ended up being a perfect example of why tip-ins can be a great addition to your Bible.  (See photos below the instructions.)

  1. Start with a 5×7 print of the coloring page version of the artwork.
  2. Use colored pencils to fill it in.  Always outline the shape and then fill in with strokes going the same direction when coloring in.
  3. Cut the paper down to size and use washi tape (just because it is fun) to tape it to the margin of your Bible where the verse is located.
  4. Turn the paper in so it is face flat on the text and you can see the back.  Add more tape to the other side to the edge of the page.  This will help secure it and creates a strong hinge so you can fold it back and forth.

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On this same page of my Bible is another favorite verse that I illustrated a few weeks ago that I wanted to include here as well.  So I added a second tip-in.

5.  I printed off this illustration and used another color washi tape to attach it to the bottom margin of my Bible page. You could also just create an artwork on a smaller piece of paper.

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Here you can see both tip ins added to my Bible:  picture 1:  each folded out, picture 2 the bottom folded in and side out and photo 3 is how you can see the text still.

I was able to illustrate two different verses on the same page, but still keep them in their context.  This is a great way to add other notes, photos, pictures, doodles, whatever to personalize your Bible, your relationship, and worship time with Christ even more!  This is also a great solution for those of you who can’t afford or find a journaling Bible right now, are concerned about covering text but want your art next to the verses, are concerned about mistakes, or don’t want to mess with a separate book.

I hope you try a tip-in this week!  I can’t wait to see your photos on the Facebook group!

***Shameless plug…I sell prints of many of my Bible verse artworks in my Etsy shop.  You can find the link to it on my blog, along with a lot more artwork, at www.nicplynel.com.  They are great for framing, greeting cards, memorizing scripture, or can be used as tip-ins and book marks.  You should check it out.  🙂  I will also be releasing information about my 2016 calendar soon.

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Romans 8:28

 

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I normally choose to use the NKJV of the Bible for our weekly devotions, but this week I am choosing to use the NIV. The reasons behind this are stated later in this devotion.

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

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History Behind This Verse

Romans 8:28 was written by Paul to the church of Rome.  Paul was an apostle who spent the second half of his life traveling and spreading the good news of Jesus. He also wrote several letters to many of the early churches during this time.  The letters he wrote are called epistles.  There are 13 of Paul’s epistles found in the New Testament. Paul’s letters were written for multiple reasons.  Some were written for encouragement.  At this time Christians were often tortured and killed for their faith.  Paul understood the fear and difficulties that came to many believers during these early years.  And some of these epistles were written for redirection. Now days  many religious denominations have “boards” of people or “governing manuscripts” available to direct and guide their churches.  In the early days these “boards” did not exist. The early churches did not have manuals to follow or church heads to guide them in their daily decision making, so God called certain apostles to act as church governors. Paul was one of these appointed apostles.

When this verse was written, the church of Rome was just being established.  Members of this early church were being tortured and killed for their faith, Paul wanted to reassure these believers of God’s LOVE for them! Verse 28 is part of this reassurance. This verse is still very much relevant to us today.  It is easy to question and doubt God’s love when trouble befalls us, but we must remain strong in our faith.  Just as God only caused GOOD in the lives of these Christians of Rome, He ONLY causes GOOD in our “current day”  lives as well.  

We know that in all things that God works are for the good of those who love him.

 

 

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Why I chose the NIV translation for this week’s devotion

Great thoughts to ponder on this verse by :

http://lhim.org/blog/2011/10/09/a-complex-verse-romans-828/

 

Let’s look at this verse using two different translations:

 

Romans 8:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

NIV:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

According to Brian Keeting:

Translation 1: God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.

Translation 2: In all things, God works for the good of those who love him.

 

“Translation 1″ appears to state the following about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then every single thing that happens to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, no matter what events happen to that person, all of those events are actually good things for him. This is because God, Himself, is explicitly controlling every single event that happens to that person.

 

“Translation 2″, on the other hand, has this to say about Romans 8:28:

“If a person loves God, and is called by God, then everything that God does to that person is for his own good.”

In other words, all of the events that God causes to happen to that person are for his own good. However, this does not mean that every single event that happens to that person is necessarily good – because many of those events are not caused by God at all.

 

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My Thoughts:

 

We live in a fallen world.  Bad things happen on a daily basis, but God does not cause these things to happen. God is not a dictator.  He rules out of love not out of ego-seeking power. God LOVES us. When God does step in to help, He only causes GOOD!!!!

Our Heavenly Father has given each person free will to make their own choices.  Sometimes our own poor choices cause bad things to happen to us and sometimes other people’s poor choices cause us to suffer, but these events are caused by us (humans), not by God.  Our God is not going to cause evil to come upon anyone.  He will sometimes allow it, but He will not cause it!

Our LOVING Lord will often step in to help us if we ask, but we are not His puppets.  Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to surround and fill us with His extreme LOVE, but He is not power hungry. He is not sitting on His Heavenly throne and controlling every event here on earth.

 

I know that sometimes even when we ask, it seems that God chooses to not step in at all. Sometimes a tragedy may lie ahead in our future and when we ask our Heavenly Father to use His power and wisdom to stop the tragedy, He does not. This is extremely difficult for our limited minds to understand, but one day we will understand all.  For now we must simply keep turning to HIM!

 

On a happy note:

 Even when terrible things take place, God CAN make something GOOD come out of those tragedies!

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Key Words

God

Works

God– the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.

Works– be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result.

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Connection To Us

If we involve God in our daily lives, He is willing to be ENGAGED with us:  both mentally, by sharing His wisdom and physically by sharing His power.  With our Heavenly Father guiding us, we WILL achieve a specific result: that result will ALWAYS be GOOD!!!   The SUPREME BEING, CREATOR, and RULER of the universe wants to help us.   He is waiting for us to invite Him into our decisions.  He LOVES us.  He wants only GOOD for us!!!  We must both trust and turn to Him always!!!