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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid.
Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with him and allow his love to heal us. (NLT)
Romans 8:35-39 – Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 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 his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Neither death, nor life . . . 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. – Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
Kelly Howard (Georgia) titled her story “PRAYING OUT LOUD;” here is a portion of Kelly’s story:
“As someone who struggles with anxiety, I find the verse quoted above extremely comforting. Fear and worry are not just things I can turn off with the flick of a switch; they are always lurking in the back of my mind, waiting for the chance to consume me.
“. . . I know that by surrendering to this fear I’m missing the opportunity to connect with the Holy Spirit and to allow God’s Spirit to bless me and those with whom I might pray.
“I often give in to my fears because it is less scary in the short-term. Facing my fears takes unbelievable strength. I have learned that if I am to overcome my fears, I will have to ask God for help and then be willing to accept that help in whatever form it comes.
“Neither today’s fears nor worries about tomorrow can separate us from God’s love. Knowing this, we can find comfort that even when we are afraid, we have the promise of God’s unrelenting love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When worry and fear threaten me, I will remember God’s love.
Prayer: Dear Father, we thank you for your love and strength that help us overcome fears that threaten to overwhelm us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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