Monday, April 18, 2011

"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 gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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."
Romans 8:31-39

Nothing can separate us from God's love for us in Christ. Encouraging.
I am more than a conqueror. How often do I actually remind myself of that truth? In Christ, I have already conquered sin. Why then, do I continue to live, too often, as though I have not? Fletcher is good at reminding me-- I need to talk to myself, instead of listen to myself. I need to preach the gospel to myself, even when I don't feel like it. In doing this, I glorify Christ and the Spirit working in me. Also, I can then speak the truth to others. One of our pastors, Robert Cheong told us last night-- "You can't offer the Gospel in a compelling way unless you are compelled by the Gospel."

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