BIBLE JOURNALING | ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER

By Stephanie - March 14, 2018

BIBLE JOURNALING | ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER


Bible Journaling Romans 8:28


I think Romans chapter 8 is one of the most powerful scriptures. Definitely one of my favorites. It's instructional message of changing from a person living for fleshly desires to that of a person living in the Spirit is one that I need to read and reread over and over.


SCRIPTURE & OBSERVATION


Here are a few key points of this scripture that I want to highlight!

The main verse I wanted to focus on for this entry is,

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

The first thing that comes to my mind when I read this is if I'm a Christian, which I certainly am, shouldn't my life be filled with nothing but wonderful moments of joy and hope. If all things work together for good, for me, than why do I feel like I'm struggling a lot?

If you back up and you read the entire chapter, you'll learn that "working together for good" doesn't necessarily mean "good things working together".

If we're seeking good things to happen in our life we have to make sure we are first serving and loving God to the best of our abilities. Living for worldly desires and moments of instant gratification aren't going to satisfy your soul. 

Let's go back a bit and really look at what it means to live in the Spirit, serve God, and ultimately have things work together for good for us.  


Bible Journaling Romans 8:28

APPLICATION

FREEDOM FIRST

By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 
Romans 8: 3-6 ESV

Our freedom comes from the sacrifice of Jesus! Hallelujah!!! We no longer have to fulfill the laws to be righteous we have to believe in Jesus, ask forgiveness, and live in the Spirit. Do you really believe? Have you truly repented?


OUR OBLIGATION

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 
Romans 8: 12-14 ESV

Freedom brings an obligation. Becoming a Christian you are charged by the Holy Spirit to do what is right according to it. Allowing the Spirit of God to lead you will bring you glory. 




OUR AFFLICTIONS


For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Romans 8:18-19

Freedom comes from Jesus, it brings an obligation, and it also brings affliction. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:17,  this moment of affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

You see, the Bible doesn't say once you accept Christ all your worries and pain are gone, in fact it says over and over that the temptations, the pain, and the persecution will be stronger! 


OUR GLORY FOR HIS GLORY

So where's the good things? 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

Remember all things work together for good, not all "good things work together". Not all the things you go through, or experience will be good. There will be bad things. Sad things. Hurt and pain. Temptation and persecution. But if we face those things with hope in the Lord, the Lord will use those things to make good things happen for us, that ultimately honor and glorify Him. 

 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 ESV

GOD'S LOVE

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Romans 8: 37-39 ESV

That's right, NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, can separate us from God's love! 

HALLELUJAH!!!!

Bible Journaling Romans 8:28

PRAYER


Dear Lord,
Open my eyes and heart to know what is of the flesh and what is of the Spirit. Deliver me from the temptation of the world and direct my path so that I may be closer to you in all things. And when I am suffering remind me of your promise that all things work together for good.

in His Holy Name, Amen! 

SUPPLIES AND PRODUCTS

Bible Journaling Romans 8:28

I had some technical difficulties with this week's video and it didn't turn out to good. :( So I wanted to chat a bit about the process of this entry. 

I started with the FREE printable I created. 
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I used my new Creative Devotions gel crayons to highlight the verses that I wanted to stand out. 

And of course I had to make it two pager!!! It must be the scrapbooker in me that needs to have both pages decorated!

I did my journaling on the computer and printed out on clear sticker paper as well! 

I hope you all are enjoying these bible journaling post, let me know if you have any questions or comments! 

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2 comments

  1. Great thoughts on one of my favorite scriptures as well, and what a beautiful printable!

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  2. Thank you so much Kelsa, I hope you enjoy the printable! Be sure to use #craftHislove if you share your pages online! And make sure you that you are apart of our Craft His Love Club on Facebook!

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