Scripture: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,
“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8: 31-39
Devotion: “What then shall we say to these things?” To see what the Apostle Paul, the author of Romans, is refereeing to, we must look back to the beginning of chapter 8. To summarize, he talks about the Spirit’s role in our lives when we are in Christ Jesus. The Spirit delivers us from the bondage of sin that comes from living in the flesh. So if God has given us His Spirit and all the power that comes with Him, who could possibly prevail against us? Who could bring any legitimate threat against us that we aren’t able to handle in Christ? God is the only one who has the power to take a sinner and pronounce him righteous. He has ultimate authority over sin and those who do harm. And the Spirit lives in us! No one or anything could ever separate us from Him and His love! This is the most comforting truth. As believers in Christ, we enjoy complete victory over corruption. Let’s take this encouragement and live confidently in our Lord and His promise for our lives. We are victorious in Christ!
Application: Are you living your life in confidence knowing and believing this truth? It’s one thing to know it, it’s another thing to actually live your life trusting the Lord and His Spirit’s power.
What are some things you can change in your life to show God that you are ready to live a victorious life?
Take a few moments to thank God for giving us His Spirit and victory over sin. Praise Him for His inseparable love.
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