Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
Jesus Calls Us
Spirit of God Descend Upon my heart
I'm Not Ashamed to Own My Lord
Take My Life, and Let It Be
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today is the international day of prayer.
It is a reminder to us to pray for those persecuted for the sake of Christ.
Taken without anyone knowing where they are.
Families destitute with bread winner
Disowned by families for their faith
Beaten, killed, hurt for the sake of Christ
200 Million Christians being persecuted
But we need to know this... Nothing can separate us from God's love. NOTHING.
Folks can come against us.... But seriously who are they compared to God?
They can condemn us but who are they compared to God? Only God can truly condemn us.
The big question is this. Can they separate us from God?
This is a big area of struggle for most Christians. We need to know deep within us that God's love is sure and steadfast.
Tribulation - those things that weigh you down and threaten to break you
Distress - the storms of life
Persecution - being hurt for the sake of Christ
Famine - No food
Nakedness - No clothes
Danger - People after you
Sword - government adversity, war, threats to physical self
2 Corinthians Paul lists off all the things that have happened to him. Things were not easy for him. He knew with a certainty that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.
Psalm 44. We are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
So we shouldn't be surprised when troubles find us. Jesus tells us that we will have tribulation . We live in a realm opposed to God. But we should take heart because God himself has overcome the world.
So Paul was indeed convinced and so should we. That Christ knows us full well. He will hold us close. He laid down his life for us.... He will never leave us. We are indeed his always.
Death life rulers things present or to come powers tribulations etc NOTHING can separate us from God's love.
Be convinced of this.
Death has been defeated by Christ.. 1 Corinthians
Life the things In life can separate us
Angels can't do it... The devils helpers can't do it. No spiritual power can do it.
Rulers can't. Rulers have been disarmed. God triumphed over them.
Things present or things to come. Our sins are forgiven. They can't defeat us.
Powers any other type of power out there is not as powerful as God is
Height or depth. Physical location matters not to God. God is simply there.
Creation can't take us from God. Nothing else can separate us from God's love.
Doesn't matter what you think of. No matter if imaginary or in the world. God's love is steadfast and sure.
It helps us know how to pray. For God's comfort. For the knowledge that God's love is certain.
We need to know this truth.