Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inseperablly linked with Christ Forever

Rom. 8:35-39 NLT
  35  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 hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  3637 (As 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. 
  38  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.  39 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.

The promise of God in this passage reminds us who trust in Christ by faith alone, that none of the so-called calamities of life are powerful enough to break God's promise of eternal life. Even death, itself, cannot separate us from God's love. In fact, death will bring us more into God's love and light than we ever before imagined. Many people fret about demons and possession but even those entities are not able to break God's word of faith. You who walk in faith have power over them as well, because of Christ who lives within you. You are bonded with God when you step into faith and are willing to daily trust-- blindly trust-- in Christ. Faith does not need evidence, it IS the evidence.  Any force, person, or idea that tries to dissuade you from complete trust in God through Jesus Christ is one of those that this passage cites as impotent against the strength of faith God will grow within you. No magic potion, no spell, no secret formulas, no hidden super powers are going to harm or deliver you. Just faith in Christ alone, and that is more powerful than all the powers of all the world of all centuries combined. Rejoice that today you remain joined through faith in the Lord and will remain so for eternity in  your obedience to God.

Your Servant in the Lord
Daniel C. Elliott

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