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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for Him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.
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. (NLT)
Romans 8:31-39 – What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
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 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.
John D. Bown (Minnesota) titled his story “24/7;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“A friend asked me, ‘What have you learned about God that you didn’t expect to learn?’ After taking some time for reflection, I replied that when I first accepted Christ I viewed God as someone who was always there but only to be called upon when absolutely needed. . . .
“Over the years, as I’ve tried to grow in my Christian faith, my perspective has changed dramatically. I now believe that God wants to be part of my life at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We were created to know God. I still struggle with comprehending that the God who created the universe also wants to be in constant fellowship with me. But I know it’s true; that’s how much God loves us. We can do our part in the relationship through prayer, devotions, meditating on God’s word, and striving to live a life that’s pleasing to God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is with us and wants a relationship with us 24/7.
Prayer: Loving God, we rejoice that you created us to know you. Help us to seek a deeper relationship with you each moment of every day. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING TO PRAY
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