St. John's Lutheran
Don't Use God Like a Vending Machine...Faith in His Promises Is Where Faith Lies!
Romans 6:6-11 New International Version
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Monday - May 17
Luther: “The term ‘old man’ describes what kind of person is born of Adam… according to the defect of his nature. For… the defect is evil. However, the term ‘old man’ is used not only because he performs the works of the flesh but [especially] when he acts righteously and practices wisdom and exercises himself in all spiritual good works, even to the point of loving and worshiping God Himself. The reason for this is that in all these things he ‘enjoys’ the gifts of God and ‘uses’ God.” (Pastor Matt: The “old man” only worships God or does good, righteous things in order to get a reward. In this way we “use” God like a vending machine. We pay the price and expect a certain outcome or blessing for our payment. That is NOT faith in the promises of God!)