What Can You Believe?

by Ernest O'Neill

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Righteousness Through Faith or Law? - Romans 4:13-15
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Jesus Meets Our Needs - Romans 4:15
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Stop Trying So Hard!
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What about Mysticism? - Romans 4:2
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Righteousness Through Faith or Signs? - Romans 4:9
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Living by Faith 1 - Romans 4:18
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Living by Faith 2 - Romans 4:22
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Created or Uncreated Life 3 - Romans 4:25
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How Does Real Peace Come? - Romans 5:1
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When we receive Jesus by faith we are justified in God's sight which means that He accepts us "just as if we had never sinned." If the Creator of the universe accepts us then we can enjoy peace with God no matter what others may think of us.
How Are We Made Right With God? - Romans 5:2
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Justification is God treating us as holy because Jesus has died for us. Sanctification is God's work also as He makes us holy through the Holy Spirit. Neither work is by our own effort.
Why Does God Allow Suffering To Come to Christians? - Romans 5:3
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Suffering can bring us to the place where we believe God accepts us solely because of what Jesus has done for us and not because of anything we do. Through suffering, faith is strengthened in us and our independent will is destroyed so God can have his w
Can We Improve Ourselves? - Rom 5:6
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God justifies us by Christ's death so that the Holy Spirit can move into our lives and change us from the inside out. With every new conviction of sin our part is to agree with the Holy Spirit and then trust Him to fill us completely so we can be like Je
God Loves You Whatever You're Like! - Rom 5:7A
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Soon after conversion the Holy Spirit begins to show us more of the sin within us and we come under false condemnation. We think God couldn't love someone as bad as me. But God does not love us as the world does.
The End of Our Insignificance - Romans 5:7B
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Most of us are struggling to gain some kind of significance. We have ignored our Creator and live as though everything depends upon us. But our Creator God loves us and wants us back as his children. He has one solution for all of us if we will but accep
How Can We Walk the Way We Talk? - Romans 5:10
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We can be saved from today's envy, jealousy, worry and depression. It's not true that the Christian life is one of defeat. Because Jesus died we can live. But, unless we die, He cannot live. What does this mean for us who want to walk the way we talk?
Why Has Man Made Such a Mess of This World? - Romans 5:12
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Romans 5:12 helps us to see how man has turned a beautiful world into a mess. Most men live independent from their Creator, don't trust Him and continue to spoil this world and their relationships. Can we reverse this death and destruction?
Resisting God's Spirit to be Independent - Romans 5:13
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God's plan is that we would choose to be part of His family and God's Spirit would live within us as our guide. Man chose to live independent from God and the Holy Spirit withdrew from him. The resulting sin produces death for men even while they live.
Sin Leads to Death - Romans 5:14
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All men have within them the moral law of conscience which prompts them to respond to God's Spirit. Sin is a conscious resisting of God's will for us at any moment. It always move us towards death in some way - worry,anxieties and physical deterioration.
The Gift of God's Love For Us - Romans 5:15
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Adam and Eve rejected God's spirit when they chose to know good and evil for themselves. This began the cycle of death and decline on earth. But, the gift of God's Son Jesus has saved man from eternal death. He has suffered death in our place.
Condemned or Justified? - Romans 5:16
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We live in a world headed for destruction and most of us feel condemned with it. But God has provided a way out for every individual. God's Son Jesus was condemned in our place allowing us to live fully here on earth and then eternally with God.
Minds Unhinged - Romans 5:17a
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Man's choice to run his life by his own understanding, to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather than God's way of receiving his Holy Spirit life, the tree of life, resulted in man's mind being impaired-offering thalidomide as a cure.
Emotions Unhinged - Romans 5:17b
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Adam and all his descendants down to now have passed on to us emotions that are unbalanced. We have all learned from him to try to satisfy our emotions from people and experiences instead of receiving that satisfaction from God's Holy Spirit.
Real Health for Sick Bodies - Romans 5:17c
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We have inherited sickness and death as a result of man's sin. We exacerbate it by our lives of tension and strain. But that is not the last word, because God sent Jesus to die to deliver us from both.
Jesus in You - Romans 5:19
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The difficulties for Jesus being born in Bethlehem he faces in us. There is no room. Our lives are too full of us. The king wants to kill him. There can't be 2 kings in Jerusalem nor 2 kings in us. Mary didn't know how-only by a miracle can he come.
How to Make a Fresh Start in Life - Romans 5:18
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Many of us go on believing Jesus and trying to live the way he describes but we still find ourselves worried what people think of us, defensive about our actions. We've never allowed Jesus life to come in and change us.
Cleansed From All Unrighteousness - Romans 5:20
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Many of us have experienced confessing our sins and receiving God's forgiveness but being cleansed from all unrighteousness has little meaning for us. But when by faith we are filled with the Holy Spirit we are made clean from all that old self-led life.
Keep the Law or Get the Life - Romans 5:20
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Too many of us think the natural life we have is all the life we need. That's why God gave us the law so we could see our lack of his supernatural life. The law is meant to show the symptoms of that lack-not so we'd try to keep the law.
Choosing Death or Life - Romans 5:21
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There are 2 ways to live. One is to slide into the mindlessness that comes from excusing our lack of trust in God by our claim we are unsure he exists. The other is to accept our better judgment and find life opening into meaning and purpose.
God is Ready. Am I? - Romans 6:1
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We forfeited our right to acceptance with God. But unbelievably God found away to give us a second chance to eat from the tree of life-receive His Spirit. But being glad for that offer is of no use if we never act on his terms to receive that life.
Believing or Receiving - Romans 6:2
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We worry about the future because we want to control it. We all want to be gods. God found a way to destroy that in his son and keep us alive. But believing we are reprieved is not the same as receiving his spirit which was his original plan.
Forgiven or Remade? - Romans 6:3
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Society doesn't like the idea that there is some evil so bad the only solution is to destroy it. That was how God dealt with man in the Flood. That is how he deals with the evil in us. He destroyed us in Jesus' death. That's more than a nice analogy.
God's Dilemma - Romans 6:4
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One of the dilemmas of war is how to destroy the enemy without harming the innocent. God had to find a way to target the evil in us and yet keep us alive. That is the meaning of Jesus' death. Why do so few Christians experience that targeted surgery?
Freedom from a selfish will - Romans 6:6
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Many of us are aware of a growing sense of evil in today's society, but we are slow to see it in our own lives. We aspire to live lives that are free, yet inside we find a selfish will that wants its own way. How can we find a lasting freedom from this
Freed from all evil - Romans 6:7
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In today's world there is a sense of independence and rebellion. At times we see streaks of anger and lust in ourselves, we try to rid ourselves of this evil, only to find it overpowers us time and again. Let's explore a cure for this deadly disease?
Why Am I not able to control Myself?
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Have you ever faced a supernatural force deep inside yourself persuading you to do things that you know are wrong? A force that is so strong it keeps overpowering you? Join with us as we discover a way to find lasting victory and freedom from this powe
Letting go brings lasting Freedom - Romans 6:9
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Each one of us has a great "" inside of us. Many times it takes control of us much like a supernatural force that we cannot manage ourselves.We want to do what is right, but we fail time and again. Did you know that you can be delivered from this powe
Living a consistant life Outwardly and Inwardly - Romans 6:10
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Is it possible to live an outward life that is consistent with our inward beliefs? Many of us find that there is a power within us that is stronger then our best interests. How can we find victory over this haunting contradiction?
Can we be Freed from Evil? - Romans 6:11
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We all face moral impotence. We try to overcome it by trying to educate ourselves out of it, or we try just a bit harder. In the end we face a giant monster that want's its own way. Is there an answer to our moral dilemma or do we just go on doing our
Free to Live - Romans 6:12
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Do you face an "inner struggle", you want to do good, but often you fail. Worse yet, there are things you know you should not do, yet these are the very things you end up doing. Are we meant to live this way, or can we be freed from this "inner struggl
Breaking into a New Freedom - Romans 6:13
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Think right and you will be right, love right and you wil be love. Many of us have tried the power of positive thinking with limited success. Can we ever break free of this vicious circle of living inside our little world?
The Problem of Moral Impotence - Romans 6:14
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Many of us find ourselves filled with good intentions. We want to do what is right only to find that we were unable to because of a supernatural power that seemed to control us from within. Can we break free from this power? If so how can we find free
Spontaneous Obedience - Romans 6:15
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Being under law means you have to obey the law to be accepted by God. Being under grace means that you ought to believe in Jesus and "try to obey", but if you can't it doesn't matter. At the end of the day, which person is right?
We can know and do what is right - Romans 6:16
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We explore the possibility that our Creator has offered us all an uncreated life, a life much better then our physical and psychological capacities. It contains a supernatural power and quality that spontaneously and harmoniously will know and do what i
Heart Freedom - Romans 6:17
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Some people say a Christian will experience victory at times and at other times continually fail over besetting sins. Others claim one can be changed so that they spontaneously live a victorious life. What are the possibilities of victory in the Christ
Live Free From the Person You Once Were - Romans 6:18
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Contemporary psychologists have concluded that mankind is perverse. However, we can experience the freedom of being delivered from our own self with its resentments, impure intentions and the bad behaviors that abuse our bodies. Superhuman? Yes.
From Unbalanced Emotions to an Amazing Life - Romans 6:19
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Our unbalanced emotions can create wildcat personalities that need to be re-routed and re-trained. Can we automatically live an unselfish life free from our old self-centered life -- an amazing life that goes out towards others instead of grabbing what
Freedom and Slavery: A Beautiful Life - Romans 6:20
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Being a slave is an attitude inside in your heart that regards a certain person as your master whom you obey immediately. Do you hear a whisper inside that says lust, criticism, gluttony, pride, and dishonesty are wrong? Can you come free of these?
Does a Life of Shame Bring Death or Life? - Romans 6:21
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Shameful living is living as if you have to get whatever you want in joy or desire and manipulating whomever you please because there is nobody to look after you but yourself. Living this way only brings death -- not real lasting peace and happiness.
A Complete Heart Transformation - Romans 6:22
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The moment you're really willing deep down in your heart to be dead to self, Jesus is able to touch you with the Holy Spirit --giving you a supernatural life that is utterly different from your old selfish life and which transforms you completely.
In Search of the Free Gift - Romans 6:23
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When we try to get security, love, recognition and enjoyment from people and things of this world, we end up dissipated and frustrated -- using others to get emotional thrills. We feel that there's nobody we can trust or who accepts and loves us.
Our Conscience and the Law - Romans 7:1
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Would you like to get rid of the person that is causing you trouble? There seems to be within all of us human beings a tremendous obligation within to live up to certain standards. There are things that are fair and there are things that are unfair.
The Law: A Mirror to See Inside - Romans 7:4
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Do we all act like little gods in competition with each other? Our emotions are out of balance and we are using each other for pleasure and joy -- all for our own purposes. There IS a solution beyond the law that deals with our destructive natures.
Living a Life of Distrust - Romans 7:5
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Do you trust yourself too much? If you want things to go YOUR way, you are probably experiencing strain by resisting God's will for your life. The law exposes to us our distrust and a sinister kind of thing that is actually just strong self-will.
Freedom to Be Ourselves - Romans 7:6
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Pretending we are someone that we are not is a bigger strain than financial burdens or difficult living situations. We were meant to live a free and exciting life, but we are worn out trying to mimic somebody else. It would just be so good to be ourselv
What the Law Exposes - Romans 7:7
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Do you waken depressed in the morning about your job situation? Do you worry about your finances -- or do you wonder and brood about whether you'll ever marry or whom you'll marry? Is it possible to trust God with these things that are so personal?
The Law and a Life of Rationalization - Romans 7:8
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Do you have a vague sense that there is something missing in your life? You can't identify it, but you live as if you were placed here with no definite purpose -- by chance. The law exposes our raw, naked disobedience and sophisticated rationalization.
Does Your Conscience Destroy Your Happiness? - Romans 7:9
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Many of us live fairly balanced, happy, professional and personal lives. We're not terribly aware that anything is wrong in our lives. We seem to be managing surprisingly well without God. So why does our conscience niggle us at times?
Law Brings Freedom: Part 1 - Romans 7:12A
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The law is a description of the kind of life that flows from you when you receive God into your own heart. It's not meant to create legalism nor to be ignored as unattainable. The law reveals God's nature and restrains the power of evil in our world.
Law Brings Freedom: Part 2 - Romans 7:12B
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The law is good as it directs you beyond your own natural strength and thus draws you into the life of God that alone can enable you to fulfill it. When we regard the law as a friend whom we enjoy rather than an enemy whom we resent there comes freedom.
Who Rules Your Life? - Romans 7:13
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God can not take your self-will from you. He respects your free will and He will not take from you what you are not willing to let go of yourself. You have to be willing to be made willing. How? Do you have the power to do it? Of course you have!
Stop Pretending - Romans 7:14
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It's easy to talk loftily of the way we and others ought to live. Yet so often we do exactly the opposite. The problem is not that we do stupid or wrong things. It's not the doing that's the problem; it's the being. We are what we do. Can we change?
The Problem Is What You Are - Romans 7:15
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If you have trouble with things in your life that you don't want to do but you find yourself doing them, if you have things that you hate but you find yourself doing them then the problem is in what you are. It's in your being; it's not in your doing.
Inside Out or Outside In - Which Are You? - Romans 7:16
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Instead of our personality working out from the inside, receiving from God all we need, our personality works as a parasite trying to get from outside what we need inside. We try to get from other people and from the world what we alone can get from God.
Are You Free? - Romans 7:17
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Do you have the power to be free? When you decide to be free of worry - can you? When you decide to stop criticizing - can you? When you decide not to be bitter - can you? Why don't you have the ability to be free of these things?
Are You A Slave To Your Will Or Your Conscience? - Romans 7:18
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Have you ever been in a situation where your conscience tells you to do something and you end up discussing it with your mind and emotions to see if it's a circumspect and prudent thing to do? Why don't you feel free at that moment?
The Mastery of The Will - Romans 7:19
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You alone can decide what your will wills. Then why do we feel at such a loss of words when ''I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do?" We try everything to make our wills strong but we still have the same trouble. Why?
The Devil Made Me Do It or A Willing Accomplice? - Romans 7:20
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A freedom from self-torture, punishment and condemnation comes when you accept that anger, envy, or jealousy that rises up in you does not originate in your heart. But no power can do anything in your life unless you are willing for that power to do it.
The Inner Conflict - Moral Impotence? - Romans 7:21
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It's just moral impotence -- the inability to do what we know is right and the inability to stop doing the things that we know are wrong. Dostoevsky called it the moral perversity of mankind that seems to run through every man and woman.
Principle of Garden of Eden - John 8:12
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Do we live our lives from inside out into the world or vice versa? Is there anything good inside us to share with the world? Garden of Eden was meant to be kept by us as we were listening to God's direction. Is it still a reality here on this earth?
Chain Reactions in Life - Romans 7:23
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Is your life a chain reaction of responses or can you live above those responses knowing you were created for a plan from a loving Creator?
Are You Being Real with Others? - Romans 7:24A
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How can a person be real to the people around him? Can there be freedom from hypocrisy or double mindedness? Can there be freedom from anger, resentment and irritability?
Release From A Dual Personality - Romans 7:24B
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Do you feel you have two responses to a situation? One you know is right but you do the other which is harsh, hurtful and unloving. Is it because your personality responds automatically or out of your control? Is there a way to react correctly?
Self-Managed Conflict or Spirit-Directed Peace? - Romans 7:25
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Do you feel a failure because of your job or a relationship? Why is this? Are you expecting too much from something or someone who can only fill a temporary need? Is there someone who can provide a permanent fulfillment?
Hopelessness in Life - Romans 8:1
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How do you respond to being ignored or treated unfairly? Do you retaliate or is there a way to live above it and respond in love and peace?
Are Peace and Joy Possible? - Romans 8:2
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Can we experience peace, joy and satisfaction through our own power and right living? Is there a power far greater than ours that can give us peace, satisfaction and joy for every event and circumstance in our lives?
A Tendency to do Wrong - Romans 8:3
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Is your personality doing wrong when you want to do right? Do you have an outward expression of right living but inside is all jealousy, anger or self-pity? Can we change? How?
Do we Need Help to do Good? - Romans 8:4
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Does our frustration come from doing what we know is wrong and wanting to do what is right? Can we change our personalities to do good? Is there a better way to live? Where does our help come from?
Are you Plagued with Selfish Thoughts? - Romans 8:5
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How can we get rid of selfish thoughts and motives? Do we react in irritability and resentment to people who aren't doing what we want them to do? Are our thoughts and mind the problem? Do we have control over our mind and thoughts?
Life and Peace - Romans 8:6
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Our peace and full satisfaction come from doing what we were created to do. How do we find what that is?
Does Positive Thinking Have Life Power? - Romans 8:7
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No power of thought, no manipulation of our thoughts, no autosuggestion or positive thinking can radically deal with our selfish independence. Doesn't it need something very drastic like an operation to remove it from us?
Can We Change Ourselves? - Romans 8:8
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Bad temper, resentment or telling white lies to protect our reputation are traits we either excuse or think we can change ourselves. But in fact we can't change unless we accept by faith the radical solution that God gave us in his son Jesus.
Two Ways to Live - Romans 8:9
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There are two ways to deal with the anxieties and pressures of life. We can try to manipulate other people to get them to change, or medicate ourselves with a shot of whisky. Or we can discover a different way to live, because Someone does care for us.
Who Supplies Your Needs? - Romans 8:10a
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Many of us depend only on our bodies or other people for our sexual or financial needs. We therefore become a kind of parasite of others instead of living in reality -- where everything has already been provided for us. So who can supply our needs?
A Life Free From Stress - Romans 8:10b
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Many of us try to establish our value to the world by the things that we achieve. We somehow feel that we are here to do well. But this often brings strain and stress. Is it possible to live a life free from stress?
Who Cares For You? - Romans 8:11
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Our bodies are dying from stress and high blood pressure because we think we're responsible for our own lives and there's nobody to take care of us. But we can reverse the process by living from the inside out -- by the spirit God has put inside us.
The Frustrated Life - Romans 8:12
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We're not animals or psychological beings in a closed mechanistic universe. There's a spirit part of us that enables us to be conscious of God. If we don't get our power from God we'll have to satisfy our needs or drives from other people or the world.
Who Plans Your Life? - Romans 8:13
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Many of us have plans for how we will manage our lives, our jobs, our marriages. We think these plans will make us happy - but often they don't. Why? Could your Creator have plan for you to do that is completely different and yet satisfying?
Living as Children or Creatures - Romans 8:14
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For centuries two aspirations have haunted us as human beings. One is that it was possible to be one with your Creator . The other is that we could live forever. Instead of living like animals, we can become children of the person who made us.
Why We Can Have Confidence - Romans 8:15
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You were designed to do something in the world that nobody else can do. That's why you're here. How can you find out what that is, and who made you? Knowing this purpose for your life brings a great freedom from anxiety and worry.
Fear or Trust? - Romans 8:16
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There are two different worlds we can live in: fear or trust. We either govern our lives by the appetites and desires of our bodies, minds and emotions -- or we believe we have a unique purpose to fulfil in life. How does this affect the way we live?
What is Your Ruling Passion? - Romans 8:16
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What is your ruling passion? The thing you want above all else? And when you get it, will you be satisfied? Somehow it never does satisfy, and we strive for that one more thing. We're driven people. Why don't these things make us happy?
Secure in our Father's Arms - Romans 8:17a
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Many of us are driven by the desire for profit, power or success. That attitude is so different from the one we had as children in our father's arms. How would life change if we knew we were heirs of the Creator of the universe -- already provided for?
The Necessity of Suffering - Romans 8:17b
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The phrase 'you get out what you put in' applies to everyone from scientists to musicians. It also describes the spiritual life. Everything has a cost, and seeking God is no exception. Many things we think are crucial -- God strips away.
The Purpose of Suffering - Romans 8:18
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Life which lasts 70 years is filled with pleasant things. Yet all people at their end are alone. Even our closest can't bridge the gap. Suffering reveals our identity and attention needs to be fixed firmly on something lasting - namely God Himself.
The Sons of God - Romans 8:19
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One of the purposes of suffering is to get us to look beyond all the surface circumstances and relationships we experience. There is a part of us that's deeper than our physical being and beyond our minds. Those inklings are God's beckoning us as sons.
The Fall of Creation - Romans 8:20
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From the fall of creation it is evident that everything's not right with the world . We sense that, which indicates there's some underlying reason. Where's an Ideal World to come from without some invisible reference point? We think God's to blame?!?
What is Freedom? - Romans 8:21
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If you've ever found a mess and cleaned it up, you feel you've done some good. There's a sense the effort was worth it. It's liberating- almost inspirational. Where do those feelings come from? You feel the world is a better place - why is that?
A Global Groan - Romans 8:22
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After the Gulf oil spill - how did you react? With a groan, wondering whose fault it was? Can't the world progress without catastrophe? If you believe it can, but it doesn't - you find yourself searching for some underlying wrong. What's really wrong?
Perfect as a Rose - Romans 8:23
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A child draws a picture with a house, a tree and the sun. It's a good start. Jesus said 'Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.' With the child - we credit the effort - not the result. Jesus speaks of love outflowing - do we experience this?
Becoming Perfect? - Romans 8:24
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How perfect can we be? It seems unattainable - yet Jesus said - 'You must be perfect ?' Is this a semantic trick or a spiritual mystery? Are we doomed, because we know we're nowhere near perfection? What did he mean when he said that?
A Perfect Personality? - Romans 8:25
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You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect - how can this be? God expects us to be perfect in love. There is a gradual process of making a soul a fit servant and efficient instrument to express this love. It requires of us great patience.
Personality Weaknesses - Romans 8:26
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When sharing your experience of God - are others uninterested? If we proceed using the force of our personality - that's repellent. Our personality seems to be an obstacle - what can we do? Let go, and be patient - prepared for God to act instead of you.
Personality Weaknesses or Disobedience? - Romans 8:27A
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We may believe that God is the life source and somehow there's a good life for us to live. Yet living a good outward life and receiving God's life into ours identifies problems. We find participating with God requires a complete rewiring.
Personality or Spirit Prayers? - Romans 8:27B
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We are governed by motive. If the life energy of God's spirit of love and peace run through your personality - it covers all aspects and is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately we think good occurs by knowing God's 'will' rather than knowing God Himself.
Luck or Providence? - Romans 8:28
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Voltaire's Candide has a character Pangloss whose motto 'This is the best of all possible worlds!' overlooks appalling situations. Voltaire mocked religious fatalism. God does interact with the world Himself and works through us to bring about His plans.
Can Achieving Success be a Crutch in your Life? - Romans 8:29A
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You may have heard it said - In all things God works for good for those who love him. Have you ever wondered - what supreme good does he want to work in you?
God Foreknows us and Predesigns us - Romans 8:29
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A father often sees his child's potential talents. He helps shape the child to conform them to the good life he glimpses for them. Similarly God foreknows who will follow him. He predesigns them, and conforms them to the image of his son, Jesus.
What it is to Follow God - Romans 8:30A
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To stop living for yourself, and to live for God and his purpose. That's God's call He makes to everyone. Then he will give you his own supernatural life to live your life.
Ever Wondered what Predestination is? - Romans 8:30A
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Here are questions and answers about predestination. What is it?
Are You Trying to Justify Your Life? - Romans 8:30B
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Do you try to overcome insignificance, insecurity, and unhappiness that you feel? Do you try to justify yourself so those feelings won't have a hold on you? There's a different way to be "right" than that difficult slog of a life.
Justify Yourself-or Accept your Makers Opinion of You - Romans 8:30C
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You may try to justify yourself to everybody and to yourself. However, God saw that you were incorrigibly selfish -- and has put you in his son, and destroyed that selfishness there. God is able to make that real to you.
God is for us - Even When we are not Fully for God - Romans 8:31
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Some of us don't realize that if God is for us, who can be against us? The real answer is - nobody. The only thing that can be against us is our misconceptions and our own disbelief that God is for us. He really is for us.
Satan's Tactics-Lying and Perversion of Power - Romans 8:31
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Though many don't believe in him, there is a person called Satan. His only power is to deceive people. The greatest lie he practices on us is that he doesn't exist. How should we respond to him? Resist him and continue to follow God.
Satan's Many Lies - and the Truth of God's Love for us - Romans 8:31
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The person called Satan accuses all people that God doesn't love them. He says we've sinned and deserve to die. The right way to answer this lie of Satan is to point to Jesus and his shed blood-through which God cancels our trespasses.
True Reality: Death Life or Resurrection Life? - Romans 1:4
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One person said, 'I have been out of the world and seen our creator-my father. This life he's given me is final reality. Death and death life is something that can be defeated by this stream of life he has given me.' This man rose above death.
Your Real Enemy - Romans 8:31
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It's important to distinguish your real enemy. People fighting you are the deceived tools of the real enemy, who is Satan. You need to resist Satan, and he will flee. Then believe the best for these people, and pray for them.
God and our Needs - Romans 8:32
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Will God who did not spare his own son, will he not give us all things with him? The answer is clear. Of course he'll give you the Holy Spirit-that is, God's own nature, and all that you need. That's the whole purpose in Jesus dying.
Love and Kindness - Romans 8:32B
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Love is giving yourself to others. Kindness is giving good things to others. God loves us by giving himself and his son to us. He also is kind to us by giving us what we need. Having given us his son in love, he won't fail to give us what we need.
Does my life have any meaning? - Romans 8:33
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Have you ever been shattered by a critical comment, a lost job, a failing grade in class? How is it that those things can so easily destroy any sense of self-assurance that we have?
Why can't I seem to do anything right? - Romans 8:34
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Ever found yourself thinking, "I condemn myself and can't forgive myself. It's not a problem of other people not forgiving me, I cannot forgive myself. On top of that I have a poor self image.? What if I told you that you can't condemn yourself?
Who will you turn to? - Romans 8:35
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What is your diversion of choice? When your job is overwhelming or your home life tense, or when you're just plain lonely how do you cope? Do you turn on the TV, take a drink or "go out" for the night to avoid and forget? Is there a better answer?
Is "My Way" your theme song? - Romans 8:36
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How often do you feel on your own -- that no one is interested enough or capable enough to help you? It can leave you feeling backed into a corner with no options but to attack the difficulties you face totally alone. But is that truly the position w
Indomitable Living - Romans 8:37
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When you've painted yourself into a corner in your personal or financial life how do you deal with it? As the corner gets smaller and you get squeezed more tightly what do you do? In the midst of apparent chaos there is a steady way through.
Can Addiction End? - Romans 8:38A
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The first difficulty is reaching the point where you want to quit. Fighting that desire is your body, your mind and your emotions. So what do you do?
How does each day end? - Romans 8:38B
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Often after a tense day we come home and reach for a drink, or look for someone to help relieve some of the burden of the day. What if instead we ended each day filled with life to give? That is what Christ made possible for us.
God's Love in Christ - Romans 8:38C
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Many of us are in the grip of all sorts of things we'd like to shake but we can't. No matter how many resolutions we make we always fail. We seem to have a will that's utterly paralyzed to change. What is the answer?
Christ in the present things - Romans 8:38D
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How is it possible that Christ, nailed to a tree, nearing the end of his life could have all of his thoughts focused on others and not himself? How could he not be filled with resentment,anxiety and fear? How is that possible?
Made To Be Loved - Romans 8:38E
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Our creator wants us to live relaxed and secure in his love for us yet so often we don't. If we're going to trust him as our loving Father and trust him to provide all that we need -- we probably have to do what he tells us.
Clarity of Revelations - Romans 8:38F
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What is shared here depends on our belief that Jesus is the son of the Creator of the Universe. Because of that we trust the descriptions he gives in Revelations of events that are to take place in this world.
The Love of God in Christ
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Think of someone whose work you admire - an artist or musician. You probably don't feel love coming back to you from them. We can feel that way about the Creator- we admire the mountains he has created but have no sense of the love he has for us.
Freedom from Anger and Jealousy
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Have you received the Holy Spirit personally? When Jesus is talked about does your heart rise up in agreement and hope?
How Will You Be Remembered? - Psalm 103:15-16
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Do you remember Bing Crosby or John Wayne? What do you remember about them? What will you think about in death? Not only is it inevitable but it is an important moment in each one of our lives.
What is Sin? - Romans 14:23D
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Do we do wrong because we try to defend ourselves when threatened? In our relationship with God it's important to know what is right and wrong. We need to nurture that awareness.
Faith, Not Doubt - Romans 14:23
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Why do we have vague anxieties and fears? Why are our lives full of unresolved tensions about how things will turn out? Why can't we think about our marriage in a clear relaxed way? Why aren't we clear and relaxed about how the future will turn out?
God of Help - Romans 15:5c
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