Saturday, January 30, 2010

If God Is For Us

Romans 8:31-39
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

"Lord, thank You for these words. May we remember them in times of darkness. God, You are our Judge, our strength. If You are supporting us, nobody can possibly be strong enough to take us from Your grasp. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

I just wanted to call your attention to the sentences right before the quote (Psalm 44:22). Who will separate us from Christ's love? Tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? And then right after the quote, the writer (the fact we don't know is more annoying than anything else for me) says that nothing, life or death or angels or powers or principalities (either where a prince rules or a high-ranking angel), or anything on this earth or will be on this earth, or anything God created, or height of depth, could ever take us away from God's love.

That is our encouragement for tonight. There's nothing this world can throw at us that God can't handle, and that we can't handle, by extention. It's kind of like how we say we're going to wake up on December 21, 2012 and say 'bring it'. There isn't anything that God can't handle, and there isn't anything that will take us away from His love.

So for the response today, we're trying something new. The question/prompt is:
Read the cross reference in Psalm 44:22 that it mentions and the verses around it. (I would suggest 20-22). What do you think this means?

Just leave your response in the comments section (click comments, and then type in response, and then either go as Anonymous or by your first name under name/url (you don't need a url).

In His Service,

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