Romans 8: 31-36
Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He 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? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? 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. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
Do you ever wonder why God would love you? Some of us lack a positive spiritual self image. If you ever feel this way, re-read these verses! God gave up His Son for you, for all of us. If God is willing to do that, wouldn't it be obvious that God will do anything for us? If God is with us, who can be against us? Nothing important, nothing powerful, nothing that even comes close to God!
Remember a historical note here. Paul is writing this letter to the church at Rome. This is not the grand Vatican church at Rome we know today. This was the church that was about to be persecuted severely by the Roman emperors, (remember being eaten by wild animals in the Colosseum for entertainment?) Yes, the big trial were about to start, but because of letters like this, the church survived and eventually conquered. We should also take encouragement.
Prayer- Lord, Thank you for giving us your power and might. Let us remember that we are yours, and nothing else can deal with that. Go-Fight-Win. Amen