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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

ROMANS 1  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 23 February 2018

We are going to see the deplorable conditions of the Gentile world which begins the proof that the doctrine of justification is by faith that Paul laid down in Acts 1:17.
Romans 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Notice Paul calls himself a self a bondservant; that is one who is steward in the house, that was called out by God out of bondage to Rome now under the authority of God. Totally now given over to do God bedding dedicated to a task from the task master God. Now bring good news to those lost and dying without hope. He now is concerned with representing Christ not the government of man but Gods Government, representing the Son of God Jesus.
He shows his human nature made of the seed of David, that is born of the house of David as was Joseph his supposed father. David had a special promise made to him concerning the Messiah a Kingly offer. He had a divine nature declared to be the Son of God by eternal generation or as it is here explained according to the Spirit of God and His holiness. What a testimony of God grace, love, mercy, sanctification, holiness and purity in one who was persecuting Christian not a representative under the authority of God Himself. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; Here we are seeing the fruit of abiding in the vine for God shows His grace to one of His apostles that is obeying the Lord by his faith in God. He now is employed by God in a work of service for Gods glory. Obedience is necessary to get anything from God and Here God called Paul out of being a trouble maker to a trouble solver as he obeyed the Lord. Working at obeying by faith God is going to reward now. Obedience to faith answers the laws of faith. We are connected to God like in a yoke with the Lord. So we are on the same level with others of like precious faith. No respect of persons with God. We obey then we are connected to walk and talk out our salvation.
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: What a statement here beloved of God all becoming Saints, 1. That is a privilege of Christians; Beloved, members of His family or body. 2. It is our duty now to work be holy, called to be saints so God can sanctify us as a peculiar people that love God to be beloved called Saints. It is labour to answer to the name Christian.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What kindness shown here Grace to You and Peace for God our Father and Lord. God created us for goodwill and peace now grace is an added benefit that bring favor. Peace with God and peace with yourself is one of the benefits of Salvation or abiding in the vine.
Desire to Visit Rome
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. It is good to begin everything with blessing God. My God; very personal and that is what He wants from us He is mine and I am His. So are you in His hand as you have faith. Paul had experienced what people thought of other Christians and Paul wanted all to know they are important and he loved them. You have to love someone if you expect them to love you and God loves the world and craves people to love Him  For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. Here Paul is showing His respect for God knowing He knows all about us and desires we do not hurt ourselves by hurting the Lord. I give or work at serving with pleasure and I want the best for you all so I pray of you that I can come to you. It seems like when we pray for others something happen to us that make one feel needed or appreciated. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Paul was a people pleaser and wanted to share what he experienced God doing in his life to people that may not have known him personally so they might be encouraged by what the Lord showed Him before and what he is feeling now. So He was a witness of the power of God where every he went and since he is in Rome now a wicked area he want to share the love of God and the way God can protect and provide what is needed, to grow one another faith.
13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. He is saying here I sure would like to have seen you earlier but I was detained hindered, but now I want to see God hands upon your lives so I can have some fruit among you, as I did among the Gentiles. It is strange the harder one works the greater the end results and here Paul was always working to make sure everyone heard the Gospel.  14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. Paul always seemed to feel like he was in debt to other for what he did and he felt strongly that anyone could be saved, regardless of nationality or race, wise or foolish in their thinking, 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. What a commitment to a cause of preaching the gospel that is ready to go to work presenting the way, truth and life to all in Rome. May we see everything that has any value must be used and that takes work and Paul was a working making tents to support his minister or working at keeping on track prepared to preach anywhere at any time. Now he is getting ready to reveal his faith and how the Just shall live by Faith. The Just Live by Faith
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Now who would put their faith in a man that was hanged from a tree that was despised and spoken against yet Paul was not ashamed of who Jesus was or who he was now in Christ. When we are not ashamed one knows without a shadow of doubt you’re a follower of Jesus and now you’re not ashamed of the sins you’ve committed or of Christ. He now knows the way, truth and life of abiding in the vine; Jesus. For it is the power of God that convicts us of wrong doing that is full of shame. God prepared a medicine for mankind and all we have to do is take it. The Jews were the first to believe and the same doctrine was offered to all the world including Gentiles. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith. God is holy and righteous and mankind is unholy and that is we are all sinners. It is necessary we accept God righteousness by faith in Him so we can become appointed Chosen or ordained by Gods righteousness to live by faith in God so our spirits come alive and the soul and body follow what God says in His word. From faith to faith, we are revealed as sinners and as sinners we came to accept Jesus by faith He imparts to us. Everyone believe in something as Christians we believe in our creator God and what He has in store for us. We are dependent upon God and His righteousness and justice. We are engrafted into Christ allowing us to become like Him growing better and better in conduct, attitude and behavior. It is not faith to works as if faith saved us. It is increasing in faith pressing on going through the circumstances of life, not quitting and becoming discouraged, it is pressing on one step at a time. That is our hope the just shall live by faith in God not in faith and faith alone. People have faith in money, fame, things animals and a host of other things but our faith is in God alone to turn a rock into water, wet ground to dry ground, disappointment to encouragement, foolish to wise, broken to repaired and restored. This happens when we allow the Holy Spirit of God to come into our lives and guide us through the storms of life. It is not in what you know it is in who you know that gives one the empowerment to face the enemies of life. God’s grace is always present to justify us when our consciences is hurting God and ourselves. Our salvation is not proven by our works but by who we allow to work in our Spirits five senses; reverence, worship, hope and faith in God to answer our prayers. Then our souls five senses, conscience, imagination, memory, reason and affection are center around God goodwill and peace so our bodies five senses are under the control of God so our eyes, ears, mouth and nose are controlled by our feeling towards Gods love and we do not want to displease God by how we feel. It is God that condemns sin and His righteousness that give s us the feeling of justification. We are ok for we are abiding in the Loving arms of the who’s hands are outstretched to us still.

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. The wrath of God is revealed to all sin hurts and the light of God heals. I remember having Romantic Fever as a child of 12 and when I was sent home the doctor told my parents make sure I set out side in the open to absorb as much sunlight as possible for it has healing value so nature has healing power. Now God reveals the light of the Gospel to us and we have the healing power of the Lord to forgive us of sins that destroy our spirit, souls and bodies. We see here sin has two heads ungodliness and unrighteousness, ungodliness toward the law and now under grace unrighteous. It is so easy to feel like Satan; we do not need God; for we are as good as God and do not need anyone to tell us what to do. It seems like the closer we get to the end of time the godlessness is real, and anything goes. You do your thing and I will do mine do not bother me and I will not bother you. What a lie that can kill the spirit of God for He is always saying come follow me. That is total abiding in the Lord so He is able to help us deal with all the sins that surround us to bring us down. Thank the Lord for the way He shows us the way, truth and life by the experiences we have that are troubling to get us to think about who we are and where we are in this big world. God shows us His mysteries as we abide in Him so He can enlighten us and empower us for service.20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. We need to be observing of what is going on around us in the invisible world. God makes Himself His eternal power and God head to be understood as we accept Him by faith for then God Spirit is at work revealing the truth that is sensible. He makes known to us His power of enlightenment to keep us from idolatry. Also ,when we look around us and see the majesties of His creation, we see His omnipresence, He is everywhere.  The workman is known by his work and God is known as we see what good is happening around us daily. We wonder at the heavenly bodies, and the wonder of man creation and know it has to happen because of God who is orchestrating it all from heaven. True has always been and will always be the truth and man does not have the power to change it. To acknowledge God is a good old way for truth was in the garden as well as error, for did not God create the tree of knowledge of good and evil saying do not eat from it or you will be like God. This is idolatry as we see in the 21st to 25 verse.
Note the inward cause of their idolatry and they are without excuse, for they did not know God and it was up to them to obey God, worship and reverence God as they had faith and hope in God to answer their prayers.
They glorified Him not as God and set up many other gods or deities. Look at the images people worship today that take control. Addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling etc. is rampant
They were not thankful for God blessing and favor they received from God. When we do not accept abiding in Him we do not acknowledge His faith and justice but become vain or foolish in our thinking, reasoning, for our memories do not want to accept loving God but the evil caused by Satan and today we see this increasing, to doing the strangest things even acting inhumane. All for the simple reason we like a darken cloud over our lives so we do not have understanding about the corruption and depravedness of our wills and affections. So, we become fools for Satan doing his work with no thought of wrong doing. The world thinks they are wise for what they are doing but are becoming fools for working evil deeds. Look at the religious people that were fooled by Satan and lost their Churches, Look at people in the lime light doing despicable acts and losing their job of authority. Look at how Republicans and Democrats are not able to solve problems but causing problems for they do not want to do what is right and just for all but thinking of self and self only. We think we are wise. And our way is better than Gods way and look at what we are dealing with today crises in every area of Government and seeing the Church wanting to control its followers by getting people to worship them.
Look at the outward acts of history 23-25 1, Making images of God, ascribing deity to the most contemptible creatures. Frog, animals, things and people made in the image of God. Who do you have in your heart will be seen in what you’re doing with your life.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. We need to be protective of the true so it is not a lie for today we have been taught to long you do your thing and I will do mine and we will live happily, this does not work for it lets us think it is ok to be unclean and keep on lusting to dishonor our bodies. The internet has allowed this to happen around the world it is not playboy or hustler that  people need it is a phone that is ready to spew out venom instantly if you go there you lust for. 
The Bible is the way, truth and life and we do not want to accept God way so do not read or learn from God but from Google or some other internet provider that is out to control your life. How much time do we spend on the computer giving out message that destroy character, or are we using it to spread the good news Jesus Saves keeps and satisfies.
We are seeing vulgarity in every area of life in the news, as Governmental officials, the Business world, the economical world and religious world seem to think it is ok. Lord help us to know the value of purity and righteousness so we do not sin against You. We are seeing superstition amassed together by a long prescription, we will so adore as to remember that the worship of them is rather a compliance with custom that material in itself. We worship what we want to, proven to be wrong, we hold it in righteousness as ok. Our eyes are blinded, or ears can hear the truth, our mouths can digest the truth, and our feeling do not want to accept the truth. We do not want to stick our noses into the truth for it hurts and we like the hurt. Showing it by how often we turn to the sin that is destroying our lives.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. God created us all with the ability to choose whatever we want to and when we do not choose to abide in the Lord we are given up to our lust or passions. Women having loving relations with women that is not natural. It is impossible for them to multiply the earth with children yet that is not what they want for they want sexual encounters that give them the satisfaction someone loves (affection) them. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. It is said a man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Sodom and Gomorrah cried out when hell from heaven destroyed them, in the Church of Rome where idol worship of images is real they are worshiping substituted in the idolatries of paganisms demons, licensed by the Pope. Justified by the Cardinals and Priest with the same wickedness. Do you see what wickedness there is in man’s ability to worship anything when God is not worshipped? Yes we are made a littler lower than the angels but when we worship the devil it is the lowest of the low and will bring judgment upon anyone for having a reprobate mind.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; God wants us to know He created us for goodwill and peace and when we do not accept His will we just do not care and are going to do our thing and get everything we lust and desire. Man seems to enjoy shame and disappointment for they keep going back to the same habits thinking it is going to be better the next time and that is insanity. Sin will never satisfy and make one feel good. We have lift God out of the picture and are control by our nature sin and seem to like evil and it is seen by how many evil desires are captivating man today. When we do not like and want Godliness we automatically get what Satan dishes out to us. The pagans knew God but did not, nor would not acknowledge Him so have a reprobate mind that loves evil. Remember Pharaoh harden his heart and would not let Israel go then God harden his heart. Our willful hardness will be punished by God’s judicial hardness. We are going to see 23 sins listed here that. are specific. 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, hatred for God above the Law and obedience to their law. sexual immorality, The internet makes it easy, you can have satisfaction right now. Don’t need magazines it’s available all the time just look, desire, take and give to someone else now.  wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; We are seeing no stopping wicked deeds as people right here in our Yakama Valley are involved in practicing wicked deeds and wanting to get rich off of someone else by stealing and other malicious acts. No one can stop it. full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they arewhisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, This is happening around the world for parents have forgotten how to discipline their children and children are disciplining parents, doling whatever they want for they have learn to be in control and education can’t seem to help for the class rooms many times are unruly out of order and man student are absent for they get to do whatever they want, so school is not desirable. Home are broken up and mom has to raise the kids or another family member or even friends, so we see dysfunctional families today as never before.31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. What a picture of what is going on today outside the Church, for we are seeing the forces of evil abound as people are serving the devil and his forces of evil and enjoying not accepting any rule of law but being lawless and hurting themselves and those they love. Sin is death to all practices of worshipping reverencing man’s abilities and having faith in themselves and hoping all will turn out will and God will answer their prayer for giving more of the shameful lust and desires. We are living in a time when the conditions of Sodom and Gomorrah and here people loving evil.
Lord help us to search our heart and admit when we are doing wrong, so we can repent knowing evil has taken a hold of our minds and we do not like Satan or the Devils rule, but admit we need help to be restored into that fellowship that brings satisfaction of a job will done. 

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