Posts Tagged ‘God


The God Who Holds Your Hand

God’s people were in captivity and there were reports of a nation from the east, the Persians, who were conquering other nations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to comfort His people and to prophesy the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. God tells His people that He is with them and will help them. Isaiah wrote:

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

God doesn’t change. God is completely aware of and in control of your situation. He is still God. This is the same God who holds your hand and reassures you of His love. He comforts you when you are afraid. He helps you when you are in need. So do not fear the situation you’re facing today. Do not fear the future. God is with you and He will help you. Trust Him to do what He knows is best and when He does, thank Him and praise Him for His goodness.

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!

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.

God Is Working For Our Good

There are certain verses in Scripture that get used over and over and over again. They become quite familiar to us and people love them. Typically they are promises made from God to us for our benefit. Romans 8:28 is one of those verses. Paul wrote:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, ​who​ have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

It is a wonderful promise that God will work all things, including trials, suffering and persecution, out for good in the end. Notice, however, that there is a qualifier to receive this promise. God is working in the lives of those who love Him. These are the ones who have responded to His call that He purposed from the very beginning. Jesus tied love to obedience. We cannot earn God’s love for us. It is unconditional. We do demonstrate our love for Jesus by obeying His command to love God and love people. Remember this – God will everything out for good in the end for His people. Someone once said that if it isn’t good yet, it isn’t the end.

Our Connection To The Creation

In the beginning, God created everything. He created the heavens and the earth and every plant and animal. He created humanity in His image and everything was very good. Then, humanity fell in the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned. God pronounced curses on the serpent and on Adam and Eve. God said that even the ground and the creation would be cursed because of sin. In Romans 8, Paul links humanity and creation. He wrote:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. – Romans 8:20-21 (NIV)

When Christ returns, He will not only set humanity free from the curses of sin and death, but the creation will be set free from its curse of decaying. When Jesus returns, He will make everything right again and we look forward to that day with expectation.

I Am God’s Child

Being part of a family is a wonderful gift. Some people are born into families. Some people are adopted into families. Some people marry into families. Some of those situations are really good, but some can be pretty rough. There’s a family that God wants everyone to be a part of and it is a great family. The apostle Paul wrote:

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

​ – Romans 8:14-15 (NIV)​
When you surrender your life to Jesus, God adopts you into His wonderful family. We go from outsiders to insiders. We go from orphans to children of the King and from homeless to the palace. God calls you His daughter or His son and that makes you royalty. You’re a princess or a prince because you belong to God’s family and you are His precious child.

Worship God Alone

The first commandment God gave to His people stressed the fact that He alone is God. There is no other god besides Him. The second commandment is about the worship of the one true God. God said:

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. – Exodus 20:4-6 (NIV)

Only God is God. He alone is worthy of worship. People, money, power or anything else cannot possibly satisfy the longing we have that only God can fulfill. When we misplace our worship, we are left empty because only God can satisfy. When we love Him by obeying Him, we discover that He is all we need.

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