Monday, September 8, 2014

Nothing but a little light in the darkness!


Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” God reached into our darkness and made it his joy to see the stars.

So we can conquer in God. The base word for “conquer” means “a means of success.” Not only that but it’s a “super” success. We vanquish our foes – the enemy has nothing on us, we are valiant warriors – not on our own but “through Him who loved us.” Sin no longer has mastery, trials no longer hold terror, life is no longer something to be dreaded because we ARE more than conquerors. It doesn’t mean we are free from suffering, but we are always connected to the One who works for our benefit – no matter what. As if that weren’t enough, Paul puts the cap on this wonderful chapter of promises with this:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What more could we ask for? - nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Paul lists four areas here:
·      “death nor life” meaning that nothing in our human existence can separate us from God’s love
·      “angels or demons” meaning nothing in the spiritual realm can separate us from God’s love.
·      “the present or the future” – and “height nor depth” perhaps suggesting that you can’t go anywhere where God’s love can’t go with you.

What great confidence we have, then. There is no one, no thing, no event, and at no time that you can be torn from God’s love in Jesus. There is no reason to fear. No reason to say “Oh, God can’t love me anymore after what I’ve done.” Oh yes He can and does. Far from separating from you He wants to forgive and cleanse you.

You know I love ya, Don 

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