"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died, more than that, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39
There are so many things that seem to be going against those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ. It seems that every time I turn on the news, I hear about some new law that has been passed that goes against the main and plain teaching of the Bible, and many times, I believe goes against my constitutional rights as an American. The latest one that I find incredibly troubling is a bill signed by our governor this past July that will allow our state’s transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.
My first reaction to this was … ok honey, time to pack up the Suburban and move to Texas … but then, I came to my senses. Why does this surprise me? We live in a country that has been slowly turning its back on Biblical Christianity and embracing this whole notion of tolerance and diversity. It just seems that over the past five to ten years, what has been a slow, incremental deflation of Biblical/Christian values has suddenly picked up tremendous speed and now the air is not just leaking out of the proverbial balloon, but is now rushing out at a tremendous rate.
So what does this mean for us as Bible-believing, born again, followers of Jesus? It means that as Christians, we must cling to the promises of God’s word that say that we are conquerors in Him and that nothing will separate us from the love of God. However, we also must plan on and expect to be persecuted and suffer for Christ’s sake as we choose to live lives that are both biblical and countercultural. We must remember that we are called pilgrims and strangers in this world and that in reality, we must have a missionary mindset as we live our lives in this world today. You and I are called to be salt and light to our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, teammates, and even in the church.
Be encouraged brothers and sisters, because as it says Romans 8:37, we are more than conquerors because our Lord and Savior Jesus conquered the forces of the devil and rose again proving that He was more than a conqueror. In addition, because the Holy Spirit of God lives within us, we are in Christ, and He is in us, we, too, will have the victory over the forces of evil that will try to perpetuate the darkness found in the world around us. So, get out there, live for Jesus, tell others about Him, and even when we are persecuted, know that ultimately the victory is His and because we belong to Him, it's ours as well.
Posted on Wed, October 1, 2014
by Sam Petitfils