DayBreaks for 9/26/16 – Can You Believe It?

 

DayBreaks for 9/26/16 – Can You Believe It?     

There are verses in the bible that are not all that exciting. For example, you can find a lot of them in Numbers! But then there are verses that blow us away…or at least, they should. Here’s one such passage:

Romans 8:30-31 (NLT) – And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Please pay special attention to the last sentence and the first five words: If God is for us…  Paul isn’t really asking the question or posing a hypothetical. He is stating a fact based on the truth of the preceding verse where he declares what God has done for us through Jesus…and he’s calling those verses in context to witness to the fact that God IS for us…the “If” is only there to be juxtaposed against the last six word: ..who can ever be against us?

But here’s the question: do you believe God is for YOU? Can you believe that He is NOT against you? Far too many, even Christians, think of God as sitting upon the circle of heaven looking down at us with a cosmic flyswatter just waiting for us to make the slightest mistake so He can squash us like a fly. And then they picture God laughing over whatever remains of us. Or, they see Him as furiously angry with them – eager to destroy as the scent of souls in hell fill is nostrils.

But that is 180 degrees opposite of what Paul has proven. If God is against us, would He have given His Son to die in agony for us? Would God has put Himself through the torture of watching His only begotten Son writing in agony if God was not for us? No way! 

What does it mean that God is for you? It means several things:

FIRST: God is not your enemy. Not once you have come home to him.

SECOND: God is not working against you nor wishing/causing bad things to happen to you. He works FOR you…so powerfully that even the bad things that do happen He is working out for your good.

THIRD: God will not let any enemy stand against you successfully. Not even the ruler of hell.

Perhaps you’re feeling like God can’t possibly be for you…a horrible sinner full of evil acts and even more full of evil thoughts and inclinations. But He is for you. And because of that, you’ve got the best Friend in the universe and He is absolutely crazy about you!

If you struggle to believe this good news, repeat to yourself over and over, day after day, until you come to believe it: God is FOR me!

PRAYER: We struggle to believe You could possibly be for us, God, because we do see our sin and frequent failures. Give us the faith to believe these inspired words from Your Spirit and let us rejoice in the this incredible truth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 08/12/13 – Who, or What, Indeed?!

DayBreaks for 08/12/13 – Who, or What, Indeed?

581184_388936711143064_626756847_nRomans 8:31 (NLT)  What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Romans 8:31 (MSG)  So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?   

Sunday morning at worship we sang the song, Our God by Chris Tomlin, that includes these words:

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.
What could stand against.”

I was reflecting on those words and I knew that later I would write this DayBreaks and felt led to write on these verses and that song.  Perhaps one of you today needed to hear those words.  Why? Because:

If God is for you, who is going to stop you in your ministry?

If God is for you, who is going to stop you at your work?

If God is for you, who is going to stop you at your school?

If God is for you, who is going to stop you in your home?

If God is with you, can that dread diagnosis stand against you?

If God is with you, can those malicious lies stand against you

If God is with you, can that broken heart keep you down?

If God is with you, if God is for you, what, indeed, or who can possibly succeed against you?  Nothing my friends.  Nothing. 

How do we know that?  We have His promise on it. 

Our pastor in Georgia said, “Attempt something so great for God that it is doomed to fail unless God is in it.”  We moved there to work with a start-up Christian NGO that was dedicated to helping children around the world.  After 7 months, it ran out of funds.   It felt like failure.  We had to move back to northern California and live with family until something else opened up.  The sense of shame was immense within me.  I felt everyone was looking at me and thinking, “Failure!  There goes a failure!” 

But was it a failure?  I don’t think it was.  I learned a lot.  I learned where I believe I am called to be – and I’m still working with the very needy and poor and oppressed – and I love it.  It was a season of preparation, of seasoning. 

What often looks like failure to us is not.   We have His word on it.  He will never leave us.  If He is for us (and He is), no person or being can stop against us.  If He is for us (and He is), no thing will stand against us. 

Live like it.  You are a child of the King!

PRAYER: Make us bold, Lord, let us live boldly knowing that You are with us, and for us!  In Your name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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