Boasting Is Great but only If it Is In God!

Walking Through Romans

“In Need of a Savior”

This post goes along with the free lessons posted at the end of this writing.

Week-8 Day-2

What does it mean to boast in something? The definition of boast is as follows: to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. It is to brag or glory in something. All of us brag at one time or another; we brag about our kids, our spouses, our homes, our church families… but at the root, the core, of the word boast is PRIDE. I do not know about you but I am sitting here thinking, “Oh, pride not you again.” Pride seems to be involved in everything! At the center of all our sin, I believe anyway, is that self-seeking, self-boasting, pushy, monster PRIDE! 

Here is the definition of pride: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Having pride in something is not necessarily wrong. It all depends on how it is used and the motive behind it. Todays lesson starts in Romans 2:17-24 and I am going to tie it in with Romans 3:1-2. We are going to look at the many privileges  God had given to the Jewish nation and how they responded to receiving them.


What did the Jews do with the privileges or benefits that had been graciously given to them from God? 

Let’s go back into chapter 2 of Romans and recap some of what Paul is teaching. I believe it flows right into verses 1&2 of Romans 3.

 “But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely upon the Law and boast in God, and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law,  and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?  You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?  For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written.” 

The Jews had been given the great privilege and responsibility to teach the nations about God, which if the Jews had boasted in the work of God instead of turning it around and boasted in their privileges they would have brought glory and honor to God. But instead the scriptures say, “The name of God was blasphemed among the Gentiles.”

They boasted in their accomplishments and works instead of the God!

The Jews were chosen because God loved them, and kept and oath that He had promised to their forefathers.

” For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you or chose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers , the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the and of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 7:6-8

 In God’s Sovereignty, in His secret council, he chose the Jews for no other reason but that He loved them. It was not because they were a mighty nation, it was not because they loved Him, it was not because they were good… It was only because He set His affection on them and as the text says, “He made an oath with their forefathers.”
The Jews(some of the Jews) took these privileges and boasted in them. They turned the grace of God around and pointed it at themselves instead of given God the glory. There boasting and their glory was in themselves what they had “accomplished” by doing the works of the Law! This practice is deadly! Our works do not save us.
In romans 2:17 we read these words:
“But if you bear the name Jew and rely upon the Law and boast in God.” 
Notice that the Jew was relying on the “Law”. Meaning, they were trying to work for righteousness. I would say not to be righteous before God but before themselves and others. At the root of works is boasting in your own accomplishments! They did not rely on God, the text says, “they boasted in God” and that sounds good when you first read it, but if you look at the context of all that Paul has written up to this point, they were not boasting or glorying in God Himself.  They were boasting in the fact God had chosen them! It was a puffed up prideful boast. Not in God but in what He gave to them.

Gentile, You are Not off the Hook!

Up to this point I have been referencing to the Jew, because in the text  Paul is talking to the Jew. As we all know these Scriptures were written for our instruction. We need to look at what Paul is saying to the Jew, and ask ourselves, does this apply to me?

I can say that it most definitely does apply to all of me/us.

God had entrusted His oracles to the jewish nation in the beginning but He has now entrusted us, the Gentile, with some of these same privileges. What are we going to do with them? Are we going to turn these privileges around and boast in our own efforts and forget that all things come from God.

  • If we have a job God supplied it.
  • If we have a home and transportation God supplied it.
  • If we have wisdom and knowledge God supplied it.
  • If we have anything at all God supplied it.

If we have salvation, if we are a believer, it is because God supplied it! He bestows His grace on us because He loved us. Not because we are mighty or strong or because we loved Him. The Scriptures teach that we love Him because He first loved us!

What Are We to Boast in?

“He who boasts Is to boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17

” Thus says the LORD, ” Let not the wise man boast of is wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not a rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23-24

The only thing any human being can boast in or should boast in is the LORD! 

Then what advantage has the Jew?

Paul answers this question by saying, “Great in every respect. First of all you were entrusted with the oracles of God.” There was great advantage for the Jew, they were entrusted with the very oracles, precepts, and teachings of God. God revealed Himself to them! He showed them His love, mercy, and compassion. He saved them from the hand of pharaoh and brought them out into a land flowing with milk and honey! They had a Great advantage!!!

The great advantage is God Himself!

Do you find yourself boasting in yourself? Please, do not run away, because I can do the same.

I pray that God puts in our mouths praise and boasting in Him!

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43 thoughts on “Boasting Is Great but only If it Is In God!

    • Lisa says:

      You are so right it is so easy to boast in ourselves and forget that everything is about God! Thank you so much for the share and your kind words!! Glad you visited neighbor! God Bless:)


  1. Jennifer says:

    You are so right! Pride is such an insidious thing. The minute I think I’ve conquered it, I realize how prideful that thought even was, LOL. I do know that God has used some pretty mundane things to show me how to boast in him and understand true humility. Dirty underwear, puke on the carpet, tomato plants. He takes tiny moments in my life and shows me His fantastic works. My home has become a tremendously different place thanks to my learning humility.


    • Lisa says:

      Praising Him Jennifer because He teaches us what it means to be humble in Him. Yes, He does it in the mundane and in the most unexpected ways! All of our homes would Be much different if we all practiced boasting in Him instead of our own accomplishments. Praising God with you in the change in your home! I am glad you visited today:)

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    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Helen!! I am excited you saved the site! We have two more weeks in Romans part 1. We will be starting Romans part 2 after Thanksgiving! I am super excited to keep going! Thanks again for your kind words! God Bless:)

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  2. dawnshivers says:

    What are some practical examples of “boasting in the LORD”? I’ve wondered this before. Should I go around giving testimony? I’d love to hear your thoughts…



    • Lisa says:

      Our jobs, homes, cars… etc, would be the practical way of boasting in God. Everything we have, everything we are is through His amazing grace!Yes, go around giving testimony. What I mean is every time God gives a chance boast in His goodness, kindness and grace! We can only boast in God for our salvation. It was by His grace, through the cross of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that saved us. I hope this helps:) Thanks for the question!


  3. Marissa says:

    You are doing such a marvelous study of Romans – it is so full of wisdom. I always love hearing what others are seeing the Word, as it is alive and powerful. Thank you for sharing your insights.



    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Mary! It is time well spent thinking about who we are boasting in. I do not think we/I stop and think about it often enough!Success tends to go to the head if we are not careful. Thanks for sharing today:)


  4. Nicole says:

    Thank you for this! Sometimes when I am convicted about pride, I just stop to consider how many times in a day I use the word “I”…in my writing or speaking! Already I have said it 5 times just in this comment! I realize not all of these are sinful pride, but it does shed some light on how much we are focused on ourselves. Great reminder for me today, thanks!


    • Lisa says:

      You are right Nicole, not all the I’s you wrote are sinful, but it is good that the Holy Spirit prompts you to consider! I praise Him for His prompting and convicting! He keeps us in focus! I am grateful this was a good reminder today! I need reminding often:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God Bless:)


  5. wifemummynurse says:

    Reminds me of Psalm 20, “In chariots some boast confidence and on their horses some rely, but we boast only one defense, the name of God the LORD most high.”


    • Lisa says:

      Wonderful verse! Men/women do boast in many things but only God is worthy of that boasting! He is our only defense! Thanks for sharing this verse today! God Bless:)


  6. Aly says:

    Thank you for this reminder! Only boast in God! Things can from the outside look like we are boasting in HIM but it can still be selfish motives.


    • Lisa says:

      Amen Aly! It can look like it from the outside sometimes, but God knows our hearts! I ask Him daily to reveal my motives! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! God Bless:)


  7. threekidsandafish says:

    Love the free lessons downloads, and the image of Our we boasting in ourselves or God! Thought provoking, and great things to reflect on!


  8. miragonz says:

    This is very good! It is so easy to get wrapped up in our accomplishments and think that our own selves got us there, when in reality all good things come from above. Thank you so much for this reminder today!


    • Lisa says:

      Yes, James does tell us that all good and perfect things come from above!!! It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves! Praise God for His reminders to us in His word:)Thank you, Miragonz!


  9. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad says:

    A beautiful reminder, without the Lord we would have nothing; our boasting should be in Him. Lisa, thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays,


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