Because God is For Us

Because God is for us, nothing can separate us from his love. And because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we’ve been made more than conquerors.

In the eighth chapter of the book of Romans, Paul begins with these words. There is now no condemnation for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. What a comfort.

Near the middle of chapter eight Paul reminds us the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and pleads with God for us when we don’t have the words to express how we feel.

The oft quoted Romans 8:28 says we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Those he’s called according to his purpose.

Going further to verses 31 and 32, Paul tells us if God is for us, sent his son to die for us, and prepares a place in heaven for us, who then can stand against us?

Since Jesus is on our side as our Advocate, Intercessor, Mediator, and High Priest cheering us on from the sidelines, no one and nothing can separate those who claim him as their Savior, Lord, and King from his unfailing love.

When we are unsure of our future, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

When we fall short of his standards, confess, and turn back to him, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

When we feel abandoned and alone, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

When the Tempter knocks at our door, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

When pain, sorrow, or grief seizes our heart, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

When confusion or doubt overwhelm, God is for us and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

In wrapping up Romans 8 Paul concludes by saying we are more than conquerors.

In a world filled with uncertainties, isn’t it comforting to know since God is for us, we have been made more than conquerors through Christ Jesus and nothing can separate us from his love?

Do you have a favorite verse from Romans 8?

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What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 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 8:31-32 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scripture – God is For Us

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Do you ever have moments when despair and fear threaten to swallow you whole? I know I for sure have. And according to Numbers 14, so did the Israelites while they wandered in the desert. They forgot an important fact. God is for us.

All it took for the Israelites to lose sight of who God was, and to forget all the miraculous things he had done for them, were reports of giants in the land.

We remember the story.

Twelve spies were sent to Canaan to scope out the land. Of the twelve, two reported that since God was with the Israelites, they could take the land. No problem.

The other ten shook in their sandals, and said no way the Israelites could take the land. The sight of Canaan’s inhabitants instilled despair and fear into them, and the ten forgot if God is for us, nothing one can stand against us.

Fear ran throughout the camp at the thought of entering the land. The people forgot what God had done for them. Caught up in the moment, they allowed emotions to replace truth. They were paralyzed to move forward because they forgot what God had done in the past.

I have a feeling after multiple years of gathering manna every morning, the Israelites may have considered the miracle of food as commonplace, and not given God the measure of awe he deserved for the provision. We do that sometimes too, don’t we? We see God’s hand at work in our lives, and maybe acknowledge it the first or second time. But after a while, do we mark God’s provision off as expected, insignificant, or no big deal?

When something really big comes up in our lives, like facing a land full of giants, do we become afraid? Do we believe falsely because something is big and insurmountable to us it must also be big and insurmountable to God?

I’ve mentioned before what Girlfriend says. “It’s all small to God.” There is nothing too big for the All Sufficient El Shaddai. Nothing. No giants in our land, however they manifest themselves in our lives; be it loss, illness, financial setbacks, prodigal family members, wars and rumors of wars, is beyond our God.

When facing our giants, let’s agree not to give in to our emotional first response of fear, but instead remember everything God’s already brought us through and press on. Knowing if God is for us, nothing can stand against us.

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They said to all of the Israelites, “The land we explored is very good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land and give us that fertile land. Don’t turn against the Lord! Don’t be afraid of the people in that land! We will chew them up. They have no protection, but the Lord is with us. So don’t be afraid of them.” Numbers 14:7-9 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scripture — God is For Us

Isaiah 40In face of all this, what is there left to say? If God is for us, who can be against us? He that did not hesitate to spare his own Son but gave him up for us all — can we not trust such a God to give us, with him, everything else that we can need? Romans 8:31-32 (Phillips Translation)

In elementary school, when teams were picked for kickball, it sure was a great feeling to know I was on Lisa’s team. The girl had a leg on her that belted that red rubber ball clear beyond the reach of any outfielder. Yep. I’d rather have her on my side, than have her on the other team. I may not have played up to par, at times, but I could always count on Lisa to win the game for us.

It’s sort of the same with having God on our side, or more importantly, being on God’s side. When we mess up, get injured, don’t play our best, God’s at home plate. He’s on our team. He wants us to succeed. He’s rooting for us to pull out the win.

God can knock our problems, worries, cares, clear out of the ballpark. He’s got a leg on him, far superior than anyone else could ever have. NOTHING can stand against him.

With odds like that, don’t you want to be on His team? I know I certainly do.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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