NOTHING can separate me

romans-8-38-39What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? 

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No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.” Romans 8:31-39

What a great, magnificent, wonderful assurance given from the God who is Great, Magnificent, and Wonderful! Verse 32 is a promise that is well hidden in my heart and has carried me through times when my soul was in unrest. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Just the thought of Jesus sitting on the right hand of the Father (verse 34)…interceding for me causes my soul to dance in victory. How about you? Can you just picture that in your mind, Jesus sitting right beside the Father calling your name and interceding on your behalf? Let that truth get down in your heart and joy rises. It lets me know that everything IS alright!

I know, I know, we like to say and sing that everything is GOING TO BE alright but faith speaks to say, “everything is alright. God is with me, never to leave or forsake me and since He is present right now in my life that means He is present in my circumstance. Everything is alright.”  He shall lead me beside still waters and restore my soul. By faith, I have no doubt that surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will [I am] dwell in the house of the LORD forever. SHOUT NOW, Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Who could ask for more? Nobody greater! Another favorite verse is Psalm 27:13, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate me from His love and with this I am satisfied! Blessed is the Name of the Lord!psalm16-11

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I called to the Lord in my distress

Jonah 2.2

Jonah’s Prayer

Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish:

I called to the Lord in my distress,
and He answered me.
I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol;
You heard my voice.
You threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas,
and the current overcame me.
All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me.
But I said: I have been banished
from Your sight,
yet I will look once more
toward Your holy temple.
The waters engulfed me up to the neck;
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I sank to the foundations of the mountains;
the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever!
But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God!
As my life was fading away,
I remembered Yahweh.
My prayer came to You,
to Your holy temple.
Those who cling to worthless idols
forsake faithful love,
but as for me, I will sacrifice to You
with a voice of thanksgiving.
I will fulfill what I have vowed.
Salvation is from the Lord!

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

 

Jonah 2.9

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Hope for today: establish your hearts

HopeNow may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

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Hope for today: FORGIVE

Hope…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

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Hope for today: encouragement and comfort

HopeIs there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Philippians 2:1-2

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Hope for today: love for Jesus

HopeJesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

John 14:23

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Hope for today: no separation

HopeFor I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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 8:38-39

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Hope for today: know the love of Christ

Hope so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

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Hope for today: let us love

HopeDear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:7-12

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No rivals for my love…

Matthew 10.37-38

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37-38

My devotions the other night was centered on the above verses. It included an exercise  similar to the one we do when faced with a major decision. Get out a piece of paper…yes, actual paper and a pen…not your tablet or phone, this is one of those times when paper and pen are essential. There is something about actual writing at times like this that is revealing and therapeutic.

When trying to make a decision about a job, moving, college we are told to draw a line down the center and list the pros on one side and the negatives on the other and it should help us see more clearly what our choice should be.

The challenge doing my devotions was very pointed to the above verses in what I would call a value statement. It was to help the reader more clearly see who or what they value most, who or what is their greatest treasure. So draw the line down the center of your paper and on one side list all of the people you cherish in your life, your material possessions like your home, car, even precious items that you can not put a price on, your job/career, and the plans and dreams for your future. On the other side of the sheet write “Jesus.”

These are the specific questions asked, “Which weighs more to you? On which column do you place the most value?” As I thought through this exercise I found that looking at each listing separately, it is easy to say that Jesus is most valuable to me. Praise God, whatever life brings in regards to even my family the Lord will be with me. After all, we love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our mind and all our strength. Right? Remember Peter said,“We have left all we had to follow you!”  Surely, we would say the same, wouldn’t we? There is no one or nothing that I love more than you.

Bless Peter’s heart, he was always quick to speak and praise God for capturing his heart and using him in the spread of the Gospel and early church. Now, I am still meditating upon this exercise for I like Peter am quick to speak and would easily say that I don’t need to do the exercise, it is a no-brainer. Surely, I value Jesus above all.

But here’s the thought…just suppose, there is a conversation in heaven right now and I was to suddenly have a Job experience…everyone and everything gone but my spouse including my health, sitting on a ash heap using glass to scrap by sores. Would God still be God? The Great I Am that I Am? My Life, my Joy, my Song? Just suppose the left column of my sheet of paper was empty – no relationships, no material possessions, no job, no health, no plans or dreams? Certainly, Job’s wife was experiencing a major crisis of belief when she said to Job, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die (Job 2:9). I am so thankful for Job’s response, But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job2:10).”

I think this is why the verse moves right to Jesus making this statement,And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me (verse 38).” And whoever is not willing to suffer is not worthy of relationship with me. Okay…loving God includes suffering for God. We are to love the LORD with our whole heart NMW (no matter what) and allow that love to cause us to be willing to suffer for the cause of Christ- to live and suffer opposition, shame, loss and even death in a way that proves that Jesus is my greatest treasure and displays His glory. No rivals in our hearts!

If God was to remove any one or any thing of the left hand side of my paper would I still be singing, I rather have Jesus than anything or O how I love Jesus? Suppose He was to remove in it all? In the above verses, the Lord just wants us to understand that we are to have no other “g’ods before Him. No loves greater than Him. Surely, the entire context of Scripture teaches us that God is love, loves us, and commands that we are to love others but no one or no thing greater than Him.

I believe this to the condition of my heart but as always I pray, Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24)” and let there be no rivals for in my heart. Your are my greatest love, joy, and Treasure.” In Jesus Name, Amen!

“16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name….19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good (1 Peter 4:16,19).”

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