Devotions for September 22, 2017

ROMANS 8:31-39

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GREATER IS HE

When faced with extreme trials, danger, or heartache, you may feel distant or even separated from God. The Apostle Paul makes it clear, however, about your standing in Christ even in the midst of these storms.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why is God for you? Why is it that nothing in this world can separate you from the love of God?

Q: Re-read this passage, noting all of the things Christ has done for you. Are you praying to the Father and living your life in faith on these foundations? Are trusting in the great I AM who resides in you?

Q: Why is it important for non-believers to see your faith rooted in these promises when storms come? How will your declarations and demonstrations of faith speak the Gospel to them?

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