Paul wrote in Romans 8 the following:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus 31 If God is for us, who can be against 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? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
Just for me, those are some of the most encouraging verses in all of Scripture! The truth contained in them is the result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Think of a few phrases… “NO condemnation!” “Who can be against us?” “In all (!) these things we are more (!) than conquerors.” “Nor anything else in all creation can seperate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!”
How awesome those truths are! No matter what… name what you want… it is impossible, IMPOSSIBLE, for God to quit loving us. Nothing at all will ever seperate us from God. Not what I think… not what you think… nor what others think can change the fact that God loves us. Not what I do… not what you do… nor what others do can change that God loves us. Not what happens to me… not what happens to you… nor what happens to others can keep God from loving us!
Listen! Our “self esteem” is NOT based on our strenth, faith, faithfulness, intellect, looks, or possessions. It’s not tied to our reputation, influence, power, or strength either. Our “self esteem” is based solely, entirely, and completely on God’s love that was demonstrated by Jesus on the cross.
Take some time today and dwell on thoses verses from Romans. And next time you feel down, depressed, or overwhelmed… pull them out and ramp up your heaven theology. Remember that you ARE seated with Christ in glory and NOTHING can or will ever change that!
Now listen to The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir if you have time…
Boy, you’re talking in language I can understand when you set your words to music. Nothing ‘encourages’ my heart like scripture to music and nothing can be more important than remembering He is “High and Lifted Up’ That happens to be the opening song for the Shoals Praise and Worship Choir this year. The more I hear it, and the more I sing it, the more I’m convinced that I don’t do it enough! He is worthy of all of my praise b/c He will love me, no matter what! Thank you for your words.