Romans chapter 8 has always been a favorite of mine. I could read it over and over again, and each time it brings new meaning and new life to me. It declares that we are victorious through Jesus Christ. We should not fear the things of this world because God is so much greater than all things. “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
We must walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh. God sent down His only Son so we could be freed from sin and death. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
We must set our minds on the things of the Spirit, not the flesh. “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Those who are living in the flesh are not pleasing to God, but those who let the Spirit of God control their minds have life and peace. The Spirit of God lives in us and gives us life!
The Spirit of God leads us away from sin and into His family. And when you become a child of God, you share in both His glory and in His sufferings. But none of this compares to our future glory. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” We are all longing for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We’re all waiting for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children. And the Holy Spirit gives us foretastes of that future glory. We were given this hope the minute we were saved.
And perhaps one of the most amazing things about the Holy Spirit is that He prays for us when our hearts and our minds are weak. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
And how wonderful it is to know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him? “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
There really is nothing better than the everlasting love of God! “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” If God gave us His only son, there really is nothing that he won’t do for us. Jesus died for us, was raised to life for us, and now sits at the righthand of God’s throne pleading for us.
There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love that Christ has for us. Absolutely nothing. “For 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 thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Thank you, God! And AMEN!