When life pushes you around

God says, “You shall have no other gods,” and we remember it’s meaning: “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.”

It is a command and it is also a word of promise to remember when situations in life seem to be pushing you around. It is a good command and a good promise, because God is good.  Your needs and your circumstances might tempt you down dark roads.  They might make certain solutions very attractive or even unavoidable to you.  But God has let us know that no power or problem is bigger than God and nothing is able to surpass His eternally good plan for your life.

Because of Jesus in your life you can be comforted by God’s declaration that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s… the highest power in existence.  Because of Jesus in your life, you can know this almighty power looks upon you not as an enemy but as a beloved child in His family. As you face challenges, choices, disappointments, or scary and painful situations, remember that GOD WINS.

Romans 8:31-39 (ESV)
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 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?
33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 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.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Rom 8:37

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
39 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.”

Promise or a Threat?

How do we receive this declaration from God?  Is it a promise or a threat?  Well…both because it is TRUTH, a word we can count on.  It is a “fighting word,” a threat, to anything that would attempt to make itself greater or stand in opposition to Him.  This is where we all were.

“You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 (Eph 2:1–8, ESV)

 Any inkling of victory against the Lord of Lord’s is a victory whose days are numbered.  But God has offered us the fruits of Christ’s supreme, enduring victory over sin, death, and the devil (and anyone aligned with them).  God has delivered this victory to us so that we can “fear, love, and trust God above all things.”  He joined us to the champion when we were baptized.  Nothing in life or death will separate us from His love.

Do you have choices and opportunities you are grappling with?  Be wise and listen to what God declares is good and what is evil.  The evil road might please for a while, but it will ultimately fall (and you with it) before the almighty maker of heaven and earth who is greater and tells us that His “forever” will separate out evil from His creation.  Don’t trust the promises of anything or anyone above those of God.  God is good.  His promises offer us the only enduring good we can get.

 Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”  (Jn 11:25–27, ESV)

Live, therefore, rejoicing in the victory of Jesus Christ and with God’s promise ringing in your ears that He gives you salvation. For you who believe Him and cling to His victory, God’s declaration that there is no god above Him is pure promise.  Nothing, no bully, no tyrant, no sickness, no failure, no hardship, no injury, no threatening spirit, not even death can snatch you out of His eternal life and love.  “Whoever believes in me,” says the Lord, “will live, even if he die.” God wins!

 

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