As I find myself ready an hour and 1/2 before my class starts (how do these things happen!?!?) I decided that I would spend some time blogging what I am meditating on this morning. This was probably the Bible passage that struck my heart during my 3 months at IHOP.
I was reading Romans 8 and as I read, the Spirit pointed out to me that the order of these verses are VITALLY important! These verses are perhaps, some of the best known Bible verses-and they are! But when they are linked with the other verses around them, they take on life!
Romans 8:27-37 NKJV
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Why are we more than conquerors? How are we more than conquerors? (v. 37)
Because of His love! Because nothing can get between us and God! Why? (v.36)
Because God became a Man, died taking all of sins and pain, and then He rose again and is praying for us, our lives, and our souls! (v. 35) Why does He pray for us?
Because we are His elect! We are His children, and He justifies every wrong done against us! (v. 34) Why does He justify us?
Because He cared about us so much that He sent His Son to die on our behalf, and so we can trust that He will take care of us! (v. 33) What is the result of Him taking care of us?
No one can be against us because the God who created Heaven and earth is rooting for us individually!! (v.31) Why is He rooting for us?
Because He chose us, called us, and pulled us up out of our messy lives to see the beauty that is all around us and in Him! (v.30) Why??
All because God wants to be with man! He just wants to be with us. He just wants a family. A Bride for His Son. (v.29) So since we're being pursued by His love and have such an important role in this story-what?!?
So, everything works in our favor if we say 'yes' to falling in love with this Man and letting Him win our heart day in, and day out. (v. 28) How can we believe this?
Because He is praying for us!! (v. 27) We don't need to worry!! We just need to enjoy the journey and let Him love us, and fall in love in return!
Every verse is based/refers to the one before it!! It happens throughout this chapter, and the bible but these specific verses just get me!!!
God is for ME! that phrase is so powerful in itself, but thinking about and building off of these verses-we see why He is for us. We realize that He isn't just for us like a cheerleader, but this is what He does. He is praying for us, died for us, lived for us, called us, loved us....
Now that phrase means so much more! His whole story emanates that He is for me!
Pick out a verse and see the power behind each of those words!
In light of all this:
"I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."-Romans 8:38-39
Jesus, I ask that you would pour out Your love upon these readers today. Bless them and let them see that NOTHING can separate or take Your love from us. May you give them the grace and the strength to say 'yes' and open their hearts to your love today.
Blessings upon blessings! xoxoxoxo