Daily Devotions
Memory Text — Romans 3:25b — 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  
 
Heidelberg Catechism 60:  How are thou righteous before God?Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me, that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness and holiness of Christ; even so, as if I never had had, nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me; inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart.  
 
Monday:  Read Romans 3:9.  How has Paul already condemned every human (by nature, or without faith) as “under sin” in Rom 1:18-32, 2:1-11, 12-29, 3:1-8?  How dependent were you and are you on Christ’s grace (Rom 1:16-17, 3:21-25)?  Does this humble you?  Move you to praise?
 
Tuesday:  Rom 3:10-12, Ps 14:1-3.  What do vv 10-12 teach about man’s natural standing, will, mind, desire, morality?  Even as believers much of this brokenness remains.  Ponder this and make confession to God.  How has Christ changed your standing (Rom 4:5-8)?  How is Christ by the Spirit changing all these things in you?  Praise your Savior, and pray for greater change.
 
Wednesday:  Rom 3:13-14, Ps 5:9, 140:3, 10:7.  How does Paul use four body parts to drive home depravity’s affects?  Where do your words devour and consume others?  Where do you lie, deceive, exaggerate?  How do your words poison others hopes, accomplishments, persons?  Where do you speak out of bitterness and anger?  How desperately do you need God’s righteousness?!  How does Christ transform your mouth (e.g. Rom 12:14-21, 15:6f, Col 4:6)?
 
Thursday:  Rom 3:15-18.  How does sin ruin community?  How does it bring misery to community?  Where have you seen this in your home, church, neighborhood, country?  How is v 18 the root cause of it all?  How does Rom 12:1-2 show the beginning of Jesus’ great reversal such sin and misery?  Pray for each of the above realms in light of Rom 12:2.
 
Friday:  Rom 3:19-20.  If Rom 1-3 has been a trial, what does the defense (you) have to say in v 19?  What do your works contribute to your standing before God (v 20, 4:4)?  Why is this super hopeful?  If you are an unbeliever, how must you respond (Rom 3:21-25, 10:9)?  If you are a believer, what does this imply of God’s view/stance toward you when you fail?
 
Saturday:  How does Rom 3:21-31 explain the righteousness of God?  Is it yours?