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A Word of Encouragement

May 26, 2022

 

PA099 - Unstoppable River

Grace, Hope & Peace, Friend;

After sharing the conflict between his two natures - his spiritual side, saved by God's grace, and his flesh - still tempted by sin - Paul exclaimed, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” Who can stop this internal struggle between wanting to do right and habitually doing wrong? Then he answered his own question, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:14-25)

He explains what that means for everyone of us who wants to honor God but finds themselves struggling with our old nature:

 

Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Romans 8:1

The gospel - the good news - is, Jesus came to save the world, not judge it. (John 3:16-17)

Because God has given us spiritual life, we are set free from the law that condemns our old nature to death. (Romans 8:2-8)

That means, even though, we don't know how to ask for help, God, who has set us free, “helps our weakness” through the work of His Spirit in us. The Spirit intercedes on our behalf. (Romans 8:26-27)

God uses everything - our struggles, our victories and even our defeats - to mold us into the image of His Son. (vs. 28-30)

Paul asks four rhetorical questions. Not to solicit an answer, but to emphasize obvious facts;

1.     What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Vs 31)

 

The obvious answer - “Since God has invested so much in us, no one or nothing can defeat us!”

2.     He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Vs. 32)

 

The obvious answer - “Since God gave us His Son, there is nothing He won't give us!”

3.     Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? (Vs. 34)

 

The obvious answer - “Since God has justified us, no one can condemn us!” Since God is the ultimate judge and Jesus  intercedes with Him on our behalf! (Vs. 34)

4.     Who will separate us from the love of Christ? (Vs. 35)

 

The obvious answer - “NO ONE!”

 

In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

 

 

Romans 8:37

Then Paul says something to encourage us when Satan reminds us of past mistakes - no matter how heinous - or discourages us with, “Look, you're doing it again!”

“There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ANYWHERE that can EVER separate us from God's love!” We can't emphasize that enough. (Romans 8:38-39)

Elohim Ha'Ahavat Olam - God of Everlasting Love - Thank You for loving me.

 

Nothing can separate you from God's love.

 

 

Romans 8:38-39 (sum)

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING,

-=john & nancy=-