"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

May 26, 2010

Super Victorious

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:35

If the worst earthly troubles and sorrows can't separate us from God's love, then why do I let petty troubles get to me?
Nothing could be worse than being separated from His love. If something like my sins or stupidity could actually make Christ stop loving me, then I'd be in trouble.
But nothing changes His love for me.
Totally grasping His love is something we all need to do. His love took Him to the cross where He conquered sin, death, hell and the grave for us!

(I love this part!) -He's made us 'more than conquerors' through that love.
'More than conquerors' in Greek is "hupernikao" and it means 'super victorious' (whoo-hoo!)
or someone gaining more than your average victory. Amen?!

By His love we are super victorious over the greatest of hardships.
Here is what Oswald Chambers said about hardships in this verse:

"God does not keep man immune from trouble; He says -"I will be with him in trouble."
It does not matter what actual troubles in the most extreme form gets hold of a man's life,
not one of them can separate him from his relationship to God...
"Shall tribulation?" Tribulation is never a noble thing but let tribulation be what it may
-exhausting, galling, fatiguing, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you. : )
"Shall anguish?" -Can God's love hold when everything says that His love is a lie and that there is no such thing as justice?
"Shall famine?" -Can we not only believe in the love of God but be more than conquerors, even while being starved?
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul is deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a man who holds on to the love of God when the odds are all against God's character."

May that 'extraordinary thing' become a part of all of us!


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