Author Archive for Shawn Cornett



12
Jun
18

Surrendering To God’s Will Even If It’s Hard

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 26:36-46.

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08
Jun
18

Nothing

In Romans 8:35, Paul asks a question about what shall separate us from the love of Christ. He gets around to answering that question in verses 38-39. He says:

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 8:38-39 (NIV)

The love that God has for His children is an all-encompassing love. There is NOTHING that can separate you from it. If you are in Christ, there is NOTHING that comes between you and the love of God. It is an unconditional and unlimited kind of love. It is an eternal and everlasting kind of love. God loves you now and He will keep on loving you forever. When you trust Jesus for forgiveness, you enter into a loving relationship with your Creator that will never end and NOTHING can change that.
NOTHING!
07
Jun
18

Superconquerors

Paul asked a question in Romans 8:35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He then listed some possibilities – trouble, hardship, persecution or sword? Paul then answers the question in verse 37. He wrote:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37 (NIV)

Jesus loves you and because of His love for you, He is fighting for you. He is on your side and He gives the ultimate victory. He makes you a conqueror. One commentator said that He makes you a “superconqueror!” It’s not you who earns your own victory. It’s Jesus who conquered the grave and gives us victory. You can’t do this on your own. The enemy cannot overcome you because greater is the One who is in you. You have the victory through Jesus Christ. So don’t give up when trouble comes your way. Instead, trust in Jesus for in Him you will conquer any trial, test or trouble that comes your way.
06
Jun
18

Troubles Prove Christ’s Love

Good Wednesday morning to you! The apostle Paul said that God justifies us when we put our faith and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. He also said that because of our faith, no one can condemn us. He then continues by talking about the love of Jesus. He wrote:

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.” – Romans 8:35-36 (NIV)

Who can separate you from Christ’s love? Even though we face many different kinds of trials and troubles, we are still loved by Jesus. The proof of His love is found in His grace. When we go through trials and tests, it may seem like we’re unloved. If God loved us wouldn’t He protect us from trials and troubles? Not necessarily. God can work these things out for our good by growing our faith. God never promises a trouble-free existence here on earth. It is the love of Jesus that helps strengthen our faith and learn to rely on Him.
05
Jun
18

God Justifies

Paul builds to an amazing climax toward the end of Romans 8. He uses a wonderful word – justification – to define what God has done for us in Christ. In the spiritual court of judgment, God has dismissed all of the charges against those who trust in Jesus for forgiveness. Paul wrote:

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns.  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. – Romans 8:33-34 (NIV)

Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to life on the 3rd day, is pleading our case against the accuser. Satan accuses us and attempts to bring charges of sin against us. God, in His great grace and mercy, has dismissed those charges and has rendered His verdict – innocent of all charges! No one can condemn you if you are in Christ. No one! Praise God for His justification of you!
04
Jun
18

God Is On Team You

Paul says in Romans 8 that God is working for the good of those who love Him. These are the ones who have responded to His call to salvation and following Christ. He promises forgiveness and eternal life to those who will answer the call in the affirmative. All of this demonstrates one thing – God is on our side. Paul wrote:

What, 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? – Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

God is on your side! He is on team YOU! He proved it by sending His Son to die for our sins. This is the evidence that God loves you and not only that, He likes you, too. He, along with Jesus, will provide everything you need. He knows what you need and is willing and able to provide it. So trust Him because He is on your side. With God on your side, nothing and no one can come against you. So as you move about your day today, remember that God is on team you and that means that you will win in the end.
01
Jun
18

To Look Like Jesus

God, in His perfect foreknowledge, had a plan all along. He would predestine anyone who loves Him and puts their faith and trust in Jesus to have forgiveness and eternal life with Him. This is how God works everything out for the ultimate good as it says in Romans 8:28. Paul wrote:

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. – Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)

God wants His people to look like Jesus. How do we do that? Does it mean sinless perfection? That’s not possible because if it were, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die. Rather than being sinless, we need to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive. Who can you love today? Who can you serve today? Who can you forgive today? That’s what it means to look like Jesus.



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