See notes below on being called.

Notes from the John MacArthur study Bible.

1:7 beloved of God … called as saints. The Gr. text records these as 3 separate privileges: 1) God has set His love on His own ( 5:5 ; 8:35 ; Eph 1:6 ; 2:4 , 5 ; 1Jn 3:1 ); 2) He has extended to them not only the general, external invitation to believe the gospel ( Is 45:22 ; 55:6 ; Eze 33:11 ; Mt 11:28 ; Jn 7:37 ; Rev 22:17 ), but His effectual calling—or His drawing to Himself all those He has chosen for salvation ( 8:30 ; 2Th 2:13 , 14 ; 2Ti 1:9 ; see note on Jn 6:44 ); and 3) God has set believers apart from sin unto Himself, so that they are holy ones ( 1Co 3:16 , 17 ; 1Pe 2:5 , 9 ). Rome. See Introduction: Background and Setting. Grace … peace. Paul’s standard greeting ( 1Co 1:3 ; 2Co 1:2 ; Gal 1:3 ; Eph 1:2 ; Php 1:2 ; Col 1:2 ; 1Th 1:1 ; 2Th 1:2 ; 1Ti 1:2 ; 2Ti 1:2 ; Titus 1:4 ; Phm 3 ).


We are free from the curse of the law forever, to those who receive freely, the gift of grace by faith alone. Our works to earn salvation,will only bring stress & worry, because only Jesus was able to fulfill the law and set us FREE! Won’t you turn to him today? He is waiting.

God wants you to speak to him, with a heart that seeks him, and wants to know him more. He does not want some ritualist repitition. He also wants you to know him. The Bible tells us all that we need to know about him. Meditate on his word and tell him what’s on your heart and the Holy Spirit will guide and teach you.

The fear if the Lord, is the beginning of Wisdom. That initial fear of what we deserve, turns into devotion for what we didn’t get. Our God is truly an awesome God.

Thank you Jesus, that through you, we find life! Not only now, but for all of eternity. This truly is good news, that though we don’t deserve it, we find Mercy and Grace, through you.

May we see through lens of Jesus. May we have compassion on those who are broken, just as we are broken. May we take comfort in our Lord, who cares deeply for us, in this road that we travel. May Jesus name be lifted up, in spite of our weakness, since He makes the weak, strong.

Jesus is calling. Do you hear his voice? Will you recognize you own shortcomings, and recognize the need for a savior today? Don’t wait. This world is passing away, but eternity is forever!

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 NASB

How amazing is it, that we can have relationship with our God, and he hears us. Not only hears us, it says when we don’t know what to do, to ask him for wisdom, and he gives generously. Don’t know about you, but I can always use a little more Wisdom, regularly.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5 NASB

The Christian life, is not about remembering a point in time. Salvation is about that, but it is just the beginning. We are called to follow Jesus, and that is not an intellectual exercise. The Bible says that even the demons acknowledge Jesus and shutter! We are Called to Read and study, meditate and pray, serve one another, minister to the weak and poor, share His Story…..You get the idea. If you have been, negligent in this area, confess it. We serve a gracious God who forgives, and separates our sins, as far as the East is from the West. Is that not Amazing! Let’s go out today, filled with the Spirit, and see what God will do. Please share if you see his work in your life today. I know I have already this morning. I had no idea I would be writing this, even after I saw the verse. God is so Good. Thank you Jesus!

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 NASB