But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
Romans 8:31-39 -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.
Are you living a defeated life, drowning in sorrow and grief? Do you feel swallowed up by pain, anger, or jealousy? Are you forfeiting your day-to-day battles, before you even get out of bed in the morning? Why? What is keeping you crushed in spirit?
1. We must trust that God is “for us.” If we are a born-again, child of the King, we must understand Who God is. (See the blog “Living by Faith” to read more about Who God is.) He is a perfect Father. Very few of us had ideal family situations, growing up. We must not allow the imperfections of our earthly parents to cast a shadow of doubt upon our Heavenly Father. We must allow God to re-parent us, and believe that He is exactly Who He says that He is.
Psalm 71:20-21 – You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
2. We must trust that God desires us to be victorious in our Christian lives. The blood of Jesus has redeemed us from the power of sin. It makes us justified before a righteous and holy God. Nothing we can ever do can make us more worthy or less worthy of God’s approval. He sees us through the sacrifice of His Son. We all fall down – over and over again. The real question is: “Do you get back up?”
Proverbs 24:16 – for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
3. Jesus, Himself, makes intercession for us. He pleads to God the Father on our behalf. He knows our deepest pains and longings, and He appeals to God for us to be healed.
Isaiah 53:3-5 – He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted withgrief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
4. If we are children of God, nothing will separate us from the love of God in Jesus. Did you catch that word? NOTHING! Sometimes, we feel so far from God, but we cannot trust our feelings. We must trust the absolute truth of scripture. Notice how David felt versus what he chose to believe about God. Also, notice that because of that choice, he quickly went from defeat to victory! Praise God for the truth that sets us free!
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.