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NOTHING Can Separate Me From God’s Love!

God's Steadfast LoveHere is Apostle Paul’s inspired assertion: “NOTHING can separate us from God’s love > from Christ’s love” (Romans 8:35-39).

I mean what do we not understand about “NOTHING”!

Here’s what I read again this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“Can ANYTHING ever separate us FROM CHRIST’S LOVE? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that NOTHING can ever separate us FROM GOD’S LOVE! Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, NOTHING IN ALL CREATION will ever be able to separate us FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS REVEALED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” (From Romans 8:35–39 NLT)

I have to admit I’m still processing the implications of this – I believe it and affirm it – but I admit I’m still processing it…

After all, Job in the Bible went through a lot… I mean a LOT! And God loved Job – He was never separated from God’s love. Read Hebrews 11:35-37: “Some were tortured, jeered at, their backs cup open with whips, chained in prison, were stoned, sawed in half, killed with the sword…some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute, oppressed, and mistreated…wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.” But according to this passage, “Never separated from God’s love in Christ Jesus!”

Wow! We’re talking about “Hesed” here – the Hebrew term for God’s “steadfast love – His covenant keeping love!” Not just some sweet, sentimental, gushy, “sloppy ‘agape’” – A father’s love! Divine love! A Savior’s love! But deep, passionate love! A love more interested in the development of Godly character in my life than my comfort.

Like I say… I’m still processing the implications of this for my life – (it’s a bit scary) but I’m relishing the truth of it! NOTHING…NOTHING! …can separate me from THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS MY LORD!

“I Don’t Get Mad … I Get Even!” Is that Appropriate for Christ-followers?

I don't get mad - I get evenSomeone wronged you… said something that wasn’t true or bad about you… took advantage of you… hurt you, a family member, or a close friend…

How does the saying go… “I don’t get mad – I get even!” (and in most cases, we even ignore the first part of that saying).

Is that the way Christians – devoted, obedient, followers of Christ – should behave?

I was faced with that challenging question today in my Bible reading during my daily time of devotions I call “coffee with the Lord”…

Here’s what Jesus said… “You have heard that the Law says, “’An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’ (Exodus 12:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21) BUT I SAY TO YOU…” (and I paraphrase what follows)… Don’t retaliate! Don’t try to get even! Instead extend mercy and grace to those who wrong you, offend you or take advantage of you! In other words BE GODLY! BE CHRISTLIKE!

OUCH!!! Lord, help me to be more like you! Start it within – in my attitudes – help it to happen “inside – out!”

Apostle Paul, in writing to Christ-followers in Rome put it this way…

“Never pay back evil with more evil! Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable… Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ (Deuteronomy 32:35) says the LORD. Instead, ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.’ (Proverbs 25:21-22) Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good!” (from Romans 12:17-21 NLT)

I want to live that way! Lord help me to be more like you! Not simply “human” – but authentically holy!

The Secret of Living in Spiritual Victory over Sin… Realizing the Reality of your Baptism!

The Secret of Spiritual Victory - Romans 6[1-14If I may, I’d like to suggest that you memorize Romans 6:1-14 in your Bible (or at least spend some significant and focused time prayerfully reflecting on its message)! Why would I say that? Well, if you’re serious about living in spiritual victory over sin as a Christian, that passage holds the secret for you!

Here it is… The Secret of Living in Spiritual Victory over Sin is Realizing the Reality of your Baptism!

According to Apostle Paul these are the core elements of that truth…

 “When we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we (in a real sense) join him in His death.” (vs. 3)

 “We died and were buried with Christ in our baptism” (vs. 4)

 And then “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of God, the Father, now we can live new lives… We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.” (vss. 5-6)

 “So you should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus! Do not let sin control the way you live – do not give in to sinful desires!”(vss. 11-12)

 And the result of identifying fully, day by day – moment by moment – with Christ; with the reality of your baptism? “Sin is no longer your master” (vs. 14) – you have no obligation whatever to do what it entices you to do – you are “alive with Christ” and his resurrection power is at work in your life! (Taken from Romans 6:1-14 The New Living Translation)

Here is a way of thinking about it that I think will help. It’s a bit like your old self dying (with Christ, of course), being buried, and then through Christ’s resurrection power being resurrected to live a new live… AND THERE YOU ARE, STANDING THERE ALIVE, LOOKING AT YOUR OWN TOMBSTONE AND GRAVE!

My response? Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus, for Your death, burial and resurrection! I’m really glad for the reality baptism depicts! (Oh, and as an aside… If you have put your faith in Christ to forgive you and give you new life – you really MUST be baptized!)

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