More Than Conquerors, Part 2
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.
Romans 8:37-39 (ESV)
Often my default choice is to have confidence in myself. Is there a problem? I come up with a strategy to fix it without taking a step back and asking the Lord to guide my actions and words. My own needs and expectations influence my interactions. Sometimes there is a good outcome, but maybe I missed a better outcome that could have an eternal impact. I am learning that I can’t function as a life-giver on my own. God’s purposes are bigger and His plans eternal. I often shortchange the power the Lord has to shape my thinking because I forget that resurrection power comes from my union with Christ.
Thankfully, my union with Christ is sealed by His blood. No matter how messy my efforts, He will not let me go. The more I understand and experience His love, the more I long to know Him better. Difficult circumstances drive me to His Word where I find hope and wisdom. I wish I never forgot this great truth. Apparently Paul himself sometimes struggled to remember not to rely on himself. I imagine Paul talking to himself in the middle of this deadly crisis saying, “Remember God’s promise. He will not leave me. He promised. He is here now.”
A life-giver learns, sometimes through painful days in the lives of others, that she desperately needs the Lord to guide each step in her desire to offer help and hope.
Are you or someone you love facing life changing circumstances? Do you feel hopeless in your ability to “keep on keeping on?” Run to Jesus with your fears and despair. Cry out to Him and ask for His wisdom to know what next steps to take. In this dark place where Paul thought he had been given a sentence of death, he experienced the light of Christ reminding him that he was were not alone, that the Lord’s purposes would reign. Trust the One who promises to bring life from death.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to this grief audio resource with Nancy Guthrie so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
In this wide-ranging interview between two mothers who have experienced the grief of the deaths of their children, Nancy Guthrie transparently answers questions asked by Sharon Betters. From how to push the question “why” through the grid of God’s love and sovereignty to practical counsel for protecting marriages assaulted by grief, Nancy doesn’t flinch. Nancy’s loss of two children uniquely qualifies her to offer help and hope in sorrow’s darkest night. No matter how shattered the heart, there is hope in the midst of grief.
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