October 23, 2019
Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you for committing this day to pray for our prodigals and for revival. In writing to the Ephesian believers, Paul said, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Eph. 3:20). He is able, and He is able to do are more than what our minds can imagine. Keep praying!
Today is the last devotion in my sanctification series from the book of Romans. Paul closes chapter eight with glorious truth about our security in Christ. Every child of God has the unique privilege of being kept safely in Him.
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 gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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 (Rom. 8:31-39).
Firstly, we are assured of God’s great desire to give us all that we need. The argument is that if He loved us enough to give His only Son, which is the greatest of all gifts, then there is nothing good that He will withhold from us. Every other gift, every other blessing, every other wholesome thing, is lesser than the gift He has already given, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing for our blessing that He will deny us. He has given us His Son, and with Him comes every spiritual blessing possible. (Eph. 1:3). This doesn’t mean we will have absolutely everything that our hearts desire, but we will have all that God deems necessary for our life of faith. We are blessed with every blessing and sanctified by God in Christ, to enjoy it all! How incredible!
Secondly, we are assured that every sin we have ever committed has been fully and completely dealt with by Christ. The argument is not that no one will try to level an accusation against us, but rather that no one can. No person, no angel, no demon, not even the devil himself can condemn us! Why is that? Because Christ died, Christ rose, and Christ is seated at God’s right hand, and there He intercedes for us. In the power of resurrection life, He faces every enemy with absolute confidence. We are sanctified by God against every attack to bring us down. Even if you sin or fail today, the risen Christ has you fully covered. He has made you righteous before God. How blessed is that!
Lastly, we are assured that there is full safety in the realm of His love. You may feel distant from God, you may have wandered down a road that is not pleasing to Him, or you may have inward struggles that fill your mind with doubt and despair, but you cannot leave the realm of His love. It is an impossibility. He has promised that there is no one, there is nothing, there is not a situation that can separate you from the love of Christ and God. We are sanctified to be forever in a place of nearness to our Savior. Just revel in the wonder of this grand truth!
May each of us allow the Holy Spirit to bring these sanctifying truths into fresh reality daily, as we move through our days until the Lord returns.
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel