Who can separate me from the love of God?

#CertainlyNotAnyHumanbeing

Paul spent a significant amount of time in the Book of Romans on the topics of sanctification and justification. In Chapter 8 he encourages the saints. It is the job of saints of the Lord and Ministers of the word to be encouragers to the people of God. Isa 40 speaks to the importance of this mission of our

1-2 “Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem,  but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.” (The Message Bible is used through out this devotional.)

In his encouragement, to the brethren, Paul addresses 3 main themes in this chapter.

  1. The condemnation and guilt that so easily plagues humanity: 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. [ Christ died to put that claim of condemnation to death. He pleased His Father and erased the condemnation of sin and death wrapped up in the law. See Matthew 17:5 Can you imagine standing among the disciples as they witnessed the transfiguration and wondering who this person is who has performed miracles and is glowing “maybe even like the Torah declared that Moses did?”  Then you look up and right there in front of you is Moses and Elijah?” God confirmed that the followers of Jesus were just fine in His eyes, because they bore the name of His Son. The one who died on the cross and erased their debt to the law of sin and death!

  2. The concept of predestination clarifying God’s plan for His chosen ones: 29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

  3. The absolute victorious life that saints of God can live should they chose to be the conquerors that God has called them to be.  31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? [This is an amazing set of questions. WHen life just picks you up and shakes you upside down – what do you think first and foremost? What is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Now that Paul has finished his discourse in who and what the saints are in Christ as he levels the name, game, blame field. by stating

And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

[They – people – can trash talk about you!] But in God’s eyes, you are untouchable. His love for you and yours for Him is unshakeable. Paul sends the arrow of God’s truth and His love right into the center of Satan’s strategy to derail the saint by ending this chapter with.

We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

This is the power of this Scripture. Nothing and Noone can separate me from the love of God. This applies to you too. You will have your days, for some of us, weeks, or even months – if we do not seek out help  – when the quagmire of life and life’s circumstances lead us to wonder where God is. He is right where you left Him. He is waiting for you to reach out and grab His hands. He will keep you safe. This ministry is here to be the hands and feet to people who need assurance, encouragement, and guidance when life just seems to be upside down, and the enemy begins to rattle his saber sword of separation and distrust. Reach out to us and we will stand with you, be with you, guide and direct you to see the solution to the challenge that God has waiting for you. Click the appointment button and set up and appointment. We want the joy of the Lord to be your strength.

Who can separate me from the love of God? No one!

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