Message: Romans 1 begins the start of some difficult truth. Paul is talking about people who have heard the truth but rejected it. Verse 18 says that they suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. I really felt the weight of that sentence and I sat and reread it a few times. I think I always assumed people lived in sin and rejected God because maybe they didn’t know better until someone came along to share the gospel. Verse 20 takes it further by saying that his attributes, eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, so people are without excuse. Verse 21 says that they knew God but didn’t glorify Him as God or show any gratitude so their thinking became senseless, and their senseless minds were darkened. God didn’t stop them. He gave them over to their thinking and their cravings so now they not only live impurely, but they applaud others who do as well. This is a hard read but remember, Paul was one of those who knew God but was blinded to the truth until God literally knocked him off of his high horse. This chapter challenges me to pray for people who are stuck in darkness. That God would shine a light on the truth and allow them to see it. I pray this for myself as well that anything I am deceived by because of sin or disobedience in my life would be revealed and exposed. I pray that my mind would be illuminated by my gratitude and acknowledgment of who God is.