Lest you think my life is perfect, I'll also tell you that I'm sipping lukewarm coffee (no sugar and I'm too lazy to get to honey, so bitter it is) because my head is so foggy I forget to blink and typing this while still in my PJ's at noon because the water went freezing cold while starting my shower this morning. It's a wonderful life. :) #onlyslightlysarcastic
Thanks to Natasha who brought the F21 clearance sale to my attention last week, I picked up a couple things, including this cardigan. It's their "Essential Marino Wool Cardigan" (they're all gone now, sorry). It's super comfy, perfect color and weight, and has pretty little buttons all down the front. :) Score.
Cardigan: Forever21, $7
Tank: JCPenny's, $4
Boots: Shoe Carnival, $30 (originally $70, so I thought I got a good deal. ;)
Yesterday's sermon was on Romans 1:18-25, and it was so good. I've been taking notes since we're going verse by verse through the book and I want to get the most out of the series I can, and to help me stay awake. Maybe I've just never really thought about what I was reading in Romans as I read it before, but having someone explain it has opened my eyes to just how much I was missing by the confusing commas, odd clauses, and otherwise unfamiliar wording of Scripture. I guess I just need to pay more attention and not just read to read.
The main emphasis of the passage from yesterday was that no man is exempt from the wrath of God, and when men suppress the truth of knowing that God is there, all sorts of things happen. As verses 19 and 20 say, "because what may be known of God is manifest [innate, built in] in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [nature, etc],... so that they are without excuse."
I never realized it, but verses 21-23 clearly spell out the 5-step downward spiral that comes from suppressing the truth, "Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful [--step 1, need to make sure we're thankful or else this spiral continues], but became futile in their thoughts [--step 2, they have skewed opinions and wrong thinking], and their foolish hearts were darkened [--step 3, when you squelch God, you often shut your heart up]. Professing to be wise, they became fools [--step 4, "fools" here literally means "moron". Just think of some of the stupid things scientists claim in trying to explain away the miraculous], and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things [--step 5, we worship the creature instead of the Creator. We have idols; we worship animals (like rats), money, and 'save the trees!'].
Our pastor used a lot of examples and analogies that helped clarify each step, which I neglected to write down, so that all may or may not make sense. :-p
One last note that I thought was interesting, was that all of the verbs from those verses have to do with an act of one's will, not something passive that is done to you, but something that we have to choose. The problem is our hearts. We have decisions to make.
We are inexcusable in our trespasses against our Creator, and God is totally justified in his wrath for us, because He is righteousness itself. (Romans 1:17) We must not suppress the truth of knowing that He is there. We have no "get out of jail because I didn't know better" card to play. The truth sets us free. The gospel message is awesome. I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but Christ took the wrath of God that I deserved upon Himself through His bloody sacrifice on my behalf. (Romans 3:23-25)
Sometimes I think us believers need to hear this more often than the unbeliever, because it is so easy to enjoy the blessings of being God's child, while forgetting that we are not at all entitled to those blessings. Preaching to myself this Monday morning.
Well, my coffee's gone and I think the water's warmed up again. What are you thankful for this day?