I recall times as a child when mom would say “Are you sure about this?” Usually that meant she wasn’t so sure. Her daughter was wanting to do something she wasn’t certain was ok.
Uncertainty is always just around the corner in our crazy world. ‘If I could just know for sure, then I…” is no stranger. There are three questions that have absolute, certain answers:
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31b NLT)
“Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own?” (Romans 8:33a NLT)
“Can anything ever separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35a NLT) Hard not to dance, laugh, sing, or shout – because the answers are so amazing.
Question 1 answer – “Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NLT) Seriously – we can know for certain that since He would give His own Son for us, most certainly no one can stand against us. All things are ours, (maybe not the sports car or big bank account), but all things that matter – mostly eternity.
Question 2 answer – “No one – for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself.” (Romans 8:33b NLT) Accuse us all you want satan, world, neighbors. Your accusation is meaningless. For we have been made righteous because of Jesus. Our mess-ups will happen, but the Father sees Jesus – and we are precious to Him.
Question 3 answer – “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NLT) No matter what, victory over it all. All because Jesus loves us – a love we cannot define in human words. Love that knows no conditions, love that simply says ‘You are mine’.
Are we sure about all this? Need a little more certainty? “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.” (Romans 8:38 NLT)
Worried about old age or cancer? Neither death or life can separate us. Worried about how things will turn out? Neither our fears or worries can separate us.
What about finances, children/grandchildren with severe illness, divorce, job loss, dementia, loneliness? Put your ‘what about’ right here: __________? Hear this: “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.” (Romans 8:39 NLT)
Tell the worries and what ifs: I AM SURE. Certain and safe, now and forever.
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