80s Christian Metal Blessings!
Dude, Romans chapter is 8 awesome! I’m preaching through it this weekend. Let me share the highlights of this AMAZING passage of Scripture with you.
It opens with the declaration that for those who are IN CHRIST --- there is NO (as in Nada, zip, zero, none) CONDEMNATION!
That’s HUGE!!! Through our faith in Jesus, we are JUSTIFIED, we have PEACE with God and we stand in GRACE (Romans 5:1, 2).
Chapter 8 ends with a wonderful declaration that NOTHING can separate us from God’s love---and here’s Paul’s point: If you face hardship, trouble, injustice, etc. in this world---none of that means that God stopped loving you! Jesus told us straight up, “In this world, you will have trouble.” And then he went on to say, “But take heart (don’t give up… don’t say, “Wow, I guest God doesn’t care about me.”) for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) In other words, this world is a broken place—and bad things will, and do, happen even to the most devoted Christ-followers, but those bad things do not mean God doesn’t love you---in fact, 8:28-29 tells us that God is working in all of it—for a purpose—to grow our faith and make us more like Jesus. I.e. it’s all about preparation for eternity!!!
There was only one perfect person in History, Jesus, and the world KILLED HIM, did that mean God didn’t love Him? Of course not!
FINALLY—the entire middle section of Romans 8 is about the Holy Spirit’s leadership in our lives!
a. He AFFIRMS the fact that in Christ we are children of God (8:15)
b. He ASSURES us of future glory (8:17-18)
c. He ASSISTS us in times of struggle and confusion (8:26-29)
d. He ANCHORS us in God’s love (8:31-39)
Dude, this is an AWESOME chapter! Be encouraged! You are loved, free, forgiven, adopted, and indwelt with the very Spirit of God who provides you with EVERYTHING YOU NEED to live a life that brings glory to God!
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
80s Christian Metal Blessings,