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Dive in: Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23

 

Hello blog readers! For everyone participating in the #DiveInChallenge, congratulations on completing week 1, as we memorized Romans 8:1-2.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Hopefully, you’ve been able to reflect on that passage of scripture and find comfort in it. What a gift, to be set free from the penalty of sin. This week’s verse is intended to build on that truth. The first part of Romans 6:23 tells us what sinners, by law, should receive. The rightful payment owed to every sinner is death. But, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. What a lifeline!

The reason I chose this verse is because it’s important to know that eternal life is a gift. It can never be earned or deserved. Gifts are free. No amount of charity donations, church service, volunteer work, giving to the poor, or “living a good life” could ever earn a person’s way into heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Isaiah 53:6 reminds us that, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Iniquity is sin, wickedness, immoral behavior…. The Lord placed all of your sin upon Himself, and He personally paid the penalty for your sin wages when He was nailed to the cross.  The Lord paid the debt that you and I owe. Ephesians 2:8 emphasizes that we are saved through faith. Having faith is within everyone’s ability – not only for society’s elite, or the financially wealthy, or scholars, or priests.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

As you grow in your walk with the Lord, you will make mistakes. When you do, repent, ask the Lord for forgiveness, and move forward. The Lord loves you, and has the sufficient patience needed to help you grow into the masterpiece He intended. Don’t believe the lie that you have to live a near-perfect life to receive the gift of heaven. Heaven is the free gift of God to everyone who has faith in Jesus. He came to save sinners!

As we go through this week together, find peace and rest in Romans 6:23.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,  Thank you for speaking to us through your word. May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

*All scriptures are quoted from the NIV version unless otherwise noted. Feel free to memorize in whatever version you prefer!




 

Apps for memorizing scripture

Hello blog readers!
I am very encouraged by seeing your response to the #2019DiveInChallenge. The goal is to help you along as you grow in your walk with the Lord. I am praying for you! I hope that you will invite others to dive deeper into the word of God with you, and memorize scripture.

I looked up some apps that might help you memorize. There’s even an app for kids! I typically go the old-fashioned route, repeating something over and over until I’ve learned it. But sometimes apps make life easier, and I think I’ll try at least one of these! (The BibleMinded app looks like a good one for learning longer passages.)

*App descriptions are from developers’ websites!

 

BibleMinded
Search the entire Bible for the exact verse that you want to memorize. Like memorizing large chunks of Scripture at a time? No problem, with BibleMinded you can add a whole chapter or any amount of passages from a chapter. BibleMinded also makes it easy to add as many verses as you would like to memorize from any of our Bible versions. We know a lot of you love memorizing tons of verses at once where some of you take it a verse at a time. BibleMinded makes it easy to use and focus on your verses no matter whether you are adding one or 10.
Download here.

 

The Bible Memory App
With The Bible Memory App, you’ll memorize by actively engaging three separate cognitive areas: Audio, Visual & Touch memory.

★ Touch: Type the first letter of each word in a verse to quickly memorize it
★ Audio: Record verse audio and try to speak along with the playback *pro feature
★ Visual: Draw Illustrations & Review verses using Flash Cards *pro feature

The Bible Memory App is more than an app, it’s a complete Bible Memory System for mobile devices and the web. Use The Bible Memory App on your Android and Apple devices. Your progress stays in sync between all of your devices!
Download here.

 

Bible Memory Kids
Bible Memory Kids makes Bible memory fun and easy. Kids can memorize by themselves, regardless of reading level! Even pre-readers can memorize God’s Word! Download here.

 

Fighter Verses (IOS only)
The Fighter Verses Bible memory system was created to help believers persevere in the fight of faith by arming them with God’s Word. Designed for children through adults, this system allows individuals, groups, or entire churches to memorize and review at their own pace. 
Download here.

 

Verses (IOS only)
Start memorizing more Scripture with Verses! Join others who have played over 10 million memory games to learn passages perfectly over 500,000 times! Memorize quickly and easily with simple memory games, then stay motivated by tracking your progress over time using Verses memory health tracking.
Download here.

 

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for the desire you have placed in the hearts of your children to know your word. I pray that you fill our hearts with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that we may live a life worthy of the Lord and please you in every way … bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. In Jesus name, Amen.

Read Colossians 1:9-10

 

Dive In: Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

Hello blog readers! In the previous blog, I announced the #DiveInChallenge – an initiative to encourage everyone to memorize the word of God in 2019. The first passage we will memorize as a group is Romans 8:1-2. Lots of people who grew up attending church are familiar with Romans 8:1 (there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus). The reason I’ve chosen this passage is because recently I’ve heard too many people say things like, “I’m trying to live right so I will make it to heaven”.  There are Christians familiar with Romans 8:1 – who live in anxiety because they fear they might lose their salvation and wake up in hell because of some sin they are battling.

Friends, there are always consequences to choosing sin. Our imperfection is proof!  The law of sin is referred to in Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As you stay in God’s word – the seduction and addiction of sin will weaken and become powerless over you. Find comfort in Romans 8:2 — having confidence that once you are saved, you are always saved. Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Praise God!

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

#2019DiveInChallenge

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,  Thank you for revealing yourself to us through your word. I trust that as we spend time learning scripture, you will speak to us through the passages. I’m so excited to hear about the ways your word will come alive in the hearts of those who are committed to diving in like never before. As we go through our week, may your word become personal to us. May we be filled with joy, growing in the knowledge of who You are, and how You love us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

*All scriptures are quoted from the NIV version unless otherwise noted. Feel free to memorize in whatever version you prefer!

 


 

 

Dive in Challenge!

Hello blog readers, and welcome to the revamp!
It’s been over a year since I’ve written. God has been working on me in new ways. I’m excited to share some of those experiences with you through this blog. God has placed on my heart a very special mission for “Pray Hear Obey”, and I’d like to invite everyone who desires to participate.

A close friend recently asked me to help her memorize the word of God. As we’ve gone through weeks of reciting verses to one another, she shares how that verse has come alive throughout her week. One morning, as I celebrated her amazing growth  – God’s Holy Spirit reminded me that more people need to intentionally spend time learning and memorizing His word. He placed on my heart a mission to help others do just that.

I’m inviting you to spend time with me memorizing scripture – hiding the word of God in your heart. I’m launching the “Dive In Challenge” – encouraging you to make God’s word a top priority in 2019. You will find that as you memorize, and meditate on scripture – His word will prove to be alive and active. When the difficulties of life greet you, God’s powerful Holy Spirit will cause you to remember His Word, promises, and faithfulness. His word is the key to living the abundant life He died for you to receive.

As we move forward, please comment and share how the verses have spoken to you throughout the week. Share tips that help you memorize! Everyone learns differently, and we can all learn from one another.

Roughly, the verse will change weekly. However, sometimes we will be learning longer verses. Based on feedback, if we need a little extra time on a verse, we’ll take it. As we learn new scripture, we’ll also refresh what we’ve already learned. God wants to reveal Himself to us intimately. He promises to draw near to us as we draw near to Him. Let Him prove it to you! Let’s spend 2019 diving into His word like never before. Take the #DiveInChallenge. There’s real treasure up for grabs. The first verse that we will learn will be revealed in the next blog post.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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