GROWING UP in the smallest town imaginable, in the southwest corner of hot and humid gator country, the eighteenth state of the union, Louisiana, I attended Bible camp each summer! My first year in attendance, at seven or eight years old, I felt the Creator God drawing me (John 6:44) to step out in faith and trust Jesus Christ as my Savior for eternal life. I didn’t understand half of what that meant but I knew I needed Jesus in my life. The 7 Truths from the Book of Romans explains God’s great plan of Salvation. I have included it at the end of my post.
After graduating from high school, I literally had a FAIRYTALE ROMANCE and married the guy of my dreams. That is, my enchanted dreams! I had envisioned a love that would carry me through to the “happily ever after” declaration that I so wished-for. I thought I would be in a fairytale romance love for the rest of my life. But you could say at eighteen, I was quite naïve, if not dreadfully foolish!
However, MY ROAD has proven to be a journey discovering little by little, step by step, and, yes, trial by trial, the Creator of my heart knows exactly what I need and when I seek Him I lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10b, ESV). Eighteen is long gone for me, and now in my 50’s I write in celebration to God for Drawing me to Himself, for Saving & Sustaining me through His Grace, for Changing my stubborn heart through His Love, and for never giving up on me through His Patience. My Hope is in Him! And, I want ALL of Him! He has even given me a “thriving romance” with the guy I married at eighteen. This is my journey on the Scarlett Road! Will you join me?
Truth 1: All people have a knowledge of God (Romans 1:18-20, NASB)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Truth 2: All people reject God (Romans 1:21-32)
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Truth 3: All people are guilty before God (Romans 3:10-12, 23)
as it is written,
“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Truth 4: All people are condemned for rejecting God (Romans 3:20)
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
Truth 5: God has made a way of Salvation for the Lost (Romans 5:8; 6:23)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. . . . For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Truth 6: People cannot come to God apart from faith in Christ (Romans 5:1; 10:9)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, . . . that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
Truth 7: Christ commands The Church to make the Gospel known to all people (Romans 10:13-14)
for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?