(Transcribed from actual tape) June 3, 1984 - AM
TO TRADE PLACES IN HELL
When I think of Romans, Chapter 9, I'm reminded of Jeremiah 12:5. Jeremiah
is discouraged. He feels beaten and defeated. He's exhausted. And he be-
gins to complain to God. And God, instead of comforting Jeremiah, said
this-, "If you have run with the footmen and they have tired you out, how
in the world will you be able to compete with the horses?" As we come to
Romans 9, 10 and 11, these passages, and I've reminded of how we have gone
through a lot of deep water in Romans I through Chapter 8. And how we have
struggled with these profound theological concepts and basic doctrines of
the Christian life. And if we've had a tough time here, what are we going
to do when we get to Romans 9? We're exhausted over here; how in the world
weire going to be able to run and understand the pace that Paul is giving
to us? Because in Romans, Chapter 9, Paul asks every question that anyone
who is embittered or upset can ever ask of the Lord. Let's pray together.
"Dear Father, we bow before Thee confessing our sin and our inadequacy and
our unworthiness to know Thee and to even be a part of Thy family. Father,
we come before Thee because we have bowed our hearts and our heads and our
lives before Thy Son, Jesus Christ. And, Father, I pray that You will
speak, and let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy holy and
divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received and under-
stood and incorporated into our lifestyles. Yea, Father, we trust that
because of the invasion of Thy Spirit deep in our hearts in this service,
we, yea, will never be the same. For this is our prayer in the name of
Jesus, our living Lord. Amen."
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