The POWER of Christ

“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? (As the Scriptures say, “For Your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” )
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who Loves us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from GOD’S Love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
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.” – Romans 8:35‭-‬39 NLT
(http://bible.com/116/rom.8.35-39.NLT)

What a fantastic scripture!

How can I possibly add to this? If life were left to me, I’d not only be dead, but trapped in the depths of hell as consequences for my actions. Fortunately, life is not under my control, regardless of how many times I’ve tried to make it that way. No, God is in control, and He is not me. Thank You, Jesus!

Over the years, I have made some really bad choices. When I say I should be dead, I’m not exaggerating. Things I’ve done, well, I’m astonished to have survived. There were close calls, and interestingly, they didn’t really serve as wake-up calls. No, I counted myself “lucky.” How do you feel about “luck”? I have to the conclusion that luck does not exist. Neither does coincidence. Everything is part of a plan, an overview, that we humans can’t see. The master plan. It contains what we consider flaws – but there aren’t any flaws. The problems, the situations we find ourselves in, can be consequences for our own actions, but they can also be consequences of the original sin of Adam and Eve. Yep, we get to deal with those consequences, too. Free will isn’t necessarily the great thing we like to think it is. After all, it was my great thinking that got me into those messes in the first place!

God did not cause the bad. The choices we make determine who gets to orchestrate the consequences. Don’t get me wrong, children  suffering is never okay. God doesn’t condone hurting children, or anyone or anything else! We blame Him for the evil in the world; abuse, torture, cancer… God doesn’t cause any of these. We can only blame ourselves for setting evil loose in the world. Dang that free will! God hurts when we hurt, and that’s why He made such a sacrifice to send Jesus, His SON, to die once and for all to save us from our sins. Our bad choices. Can you imagine giving up your child so that he or she could be tortured and ridiculed and killed for someone else’s children? Children who were wicked and sinful, where your child was obedient and beautiful?

I can’t! And yet that is exactly what God did so that we don’t have to deal with the ultimate consequences of our choices, our sins, which is eternal death in an obscene, unimaginably horrible place. All we have to do is to reach out to Jesus. We can be forgiven and receive eternal LIFE just by asking Him to be the Lord of our lives. Doing so doesn’t mean nothing bad will ever happen again; in fact, just the opposite is true because the evil one, Satan, takes every salvation as a personal challenge to beat us down. He knows he can’t win, and once we accept Christ, he has lost us forever. Being a poor loser, his goal becomes making us as miserable in this life as he can. He takes innocent souls and heaps misery and illness and disaster on us, trying to get us to blame God and to renounce His Supremacy over all. Remember, he doesn’t win! (Read the back of The Book. It’s FABULOUS!)
“… nothing can ever separate us from God’s Love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” – Romans 8:38 NLT (http://bible.com/116/rom.8.38.NLT)

Hallelujah and Amen!

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