God Is For US

18th – 19th June

Weekend Edition

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Romans 8:31

If God is for us, does it mean we don’t have enemies? Does is mean that everyone will like us if we profess we follow Christ. As much as the answer should be yes, unfortunately it is a no. Just look at Jesus’ life. He was murdered by a group of people that didn’t like Him. So what does Paul mean when He says ‘if God is for us, no one can be against us’? In order to understand this verse fully we need to look back to the previous verses.

Paul clearly says that God chose us, cleansed us, made us new creations and that because of the love of God, we are right before the throne of God, due to the sacrifice of His son. He adds that we can eagerly await the full inheritance of a child of God and the promise of life eternally spent in the very presence of God, with new bodies and without sin and suffering. If all of the above is true, then this means that there is no-one in the world, both physically or any other spiritual powers, that can come against us and tear us away from the blessings of what Jesus did on the cross. Paul adds in the following verses that there is no-one who can condemn us, no-one who can accuse us, and no-one that can separate us from God’s love.

Friends, God is for us. We are on His side. There is nothing or no-one that can change that. Yes we may face opposition, both spiritually and physically, yes we live in a fallen sinful world, but nothing changes the fact, that our identity and position in Christ is un-movable, because God is for us. If God is not against and doesn’t condemn us, then we can live without fear of others doing so.

Whats Does Jesus’ Sacrifice Mean For Me? I Am More Than A Conqueror

14th April

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution of famine or nakedness or danger or sword?. . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Romans 8:35,37

In all things we are more than conquerors.. WOW. That is a big statement. Where is the foundation for such a claim? How can we be sure that we are victorious in all situations? Why? Because of the love of Christ that lives in you and because He was victorious over all things. Because He lives we live too. Because He loves us, we are loved. Because He defeated all things on the cross, we also live in victory. He is our God and we are on the winning side.

Yet what does it mean to be more than a conqueror? Does it mean that we never face persecution, famine, trouble, hardship, danger or nakedness? No, not at all. Paul himself, who wrote this text, said that he always felt in danger for his life; He constantly faced persecution and hardship. However, what he was trying to say is that, there is nothing in the world that is able to tear us away from the love that God has for us. It is because of this that we can find victory, even when we think defeat is before us; We can persevere until the end. We live in the resurrection power of Jesus which means we don’t have to stay beaten down, but can rise in the authority of the cross. We live as warriors for Christ, armed with the might of His power and equipped with His love to persevere!

If God is for us who can be against us?