Saturday, January 11, 2014

truth from romans 8


As you may {or may not} remember from my dental school wife bucket list, one of my goals was to become better about memorizing Scripture. This was such a hard goal for me, because I could never decide on what I wanted to memorize. Anything is better than nothing, but I had no vision or system, and so nothing happened.

Then our new church issued a challenge to memorize Romans 8 {go check it out!} in its entirety before the end of the year. I love challenges. And what’s even better is that this was such a significant passage during my senior year of college. I cannot count all the times one of the verses from this chapter popped up either in class or my studies or in my personal quiet times.

So taking time to commit these verses to memory revealed so many more truths to me. And it always seemed like the assigned verse the week had direct application to my life. Here are some of the truths I took away: 
  • There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. My sins can never be too big, too ugly or too unforgivable for Him. {v. 1}
  • Living for my selfish wants and desires leads to death, plain and simple. But setting my mind on things of the Spirit brings life and peace. {v. 5-6}
  • I am an adopted daughter of the Most High, which doesn’t mean I will escape suffering, but does mean I will one day witness His incredible glory, to which nothing else can compare. {v. 15 - 17}
  • The world – and all of creation – was affected by the Fall, and we can literally see it groaning with the pains of childbirth, waiting for the return of Christ. {v. 22-23}
  • If God is for us, who can be against us? {v. 31}
  • Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ – not death, not life, not angels, not demons, nothing of the present, nothing of the future, not any power, no height, no depth, nothing in all of creation. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. {v. 38 - 39}
Confession, I didn’t quite memorize the whole thing. I’m the worst kind of quitter – in that I made it to the last four verses before I quit. You know, the whole holiday thing. But I’m committed to finishing this next week and getting it down.


What should I memorize next? Do you have a special verse memorized that helps you in times of need?

7 comments:

  1. I swear, the vast majority of the book of Romans is worthy of being memorized, it's so chock-full of wisdom and truth for our lives in Christ. You mentioned that this passage was very important to you when you were in college. The specific passage that stuck out to me as I went through my college years and the struggles therein was Hebrew 12:1-2

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  2. I memorized Psalm 27 a few years ago. That's a good one, I think.

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  3. Such a great goal! I have the 23rd Psalm memorized...it's one of my go to verses. I also love the whole chapter of Proverbs 31 and then of course Phil. 4:8-9 which reminds me how my thoughts need to be.

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  4. Romans 8 is a great chapter! I always go back to Ephesians 3:20 when I'm feeling defeated/hopeless.

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  5. Not going to lie, I had to go look this chapter up. But now I remember that it's a chapter I read a lot during the "waiting" seasons {http://www.wonderfully-complex.com/2011/08/summers-love-song-part-2-waiting-my.html}. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely have to revisit this passage.

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  6. Those are all some of my favorites. You can't have too many favorites when it comes to Scripture, right? Have you read Max Lucado's book "Traveling Light?" It made me see Psalm 23 in a whole new way!

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  7. My friend and I were just talking about this verse last night! I pray Ephesians 3:16-20 over my friends and family all the time. And, even myself during those hopeless times. Thank you for sharing, Donna!

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