REJOICING IN THE REGION OF THE RUFF
ROMANS 5 : 1 - 5
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JESUS CHRIST was constantly badgered and beleaguered by His
detractors. They kept pressure on Him. Mankind's sin syndrome
burdened and broke His heart. He was constantly under pressure.
Likely, that means you can identify with Him. Those who have
pressure most assuredly can. He, then, is ideally equipped to
relate to you. He warned us: "In this world you will have
tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world"
(I John 5:4).
The word "tribulation" translates the Greek, THLIPSIS, which
means "pressure". Thus, the text reads, "We glory in our
pressure." GLORY? To "glory" means to rejoice.
My spelling of "rough" = RUFF is an acrostic standing for:
RUIN - UNPREDICTABILITY - FRUSTRATION - FAILURE.
These factors and related ones create pressure within and
without. The person who penned these words had as much or more
pressure than any of us, and he went out and became a living
credential of his counsel. (READ: II Corinthians 11: 23 - 28).
(Story of brothers running red lights.)
Remember this: "Life isn't necessarily going to get easier-JUST
How? By facing life and relating to it in a Christ-like manner.
That is, with a Christ-like mind. Four factors can help:
I. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST Vs. 1 It is three-fold--
A. A Complete Exchange --- Rom. 4:8, "Blessed is the man to whom
the Lord shall not impute sin." The word "impute" is an
accounting term used in banking. In such parlance it means my
account which totals "sin" is credited to ...
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