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Romans 8:38-39 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Of all the chapters of the Bible, Romans 8 is in the top three favorites.

I find it to be the most uplifting and encouraging chapter next to John 14, which speaks of the second coming of Christ. Paul begins with:

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

He delineates this thought by separating the flesh from the Spirit and the law from grace. Being “in Christ” is to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, which is what happens at salvation. Having no condemnation for sin is redeemed, saved, having our record expunged, and sins removed. 

The dichotomy of our being, body, soul, and spirit causes our lives to have multiple influences. If we give life to our flesh, we will live after the flesh. To acknowledge that Christ is in us is to live unto the Spirit.

Romans 8:9-10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Paul then teaches us the truths of adoption. Once saved, we are adopted as sons and daughters. 

Romans 8:14-15 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

The meaning of the words ‘Abba Father’ addresses God as Father, Papa, or Daddy. Our Heavenly Father wishes to be just that; close, caring, protective, providing, and loving.

One of the most amazing promises of the Word of God is not just that we are saved from eternal damnation in Hell; it is that we are made to be heirs of a lineage and legacy of which we are wholly unworthy.

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Our inadequacy in this life falls woefully short when communing with a holy, righteous, sovereign God. Our Heavenly Father knew full well what He was getting when He saved us. With that, He made provision for us to communicate properly with Him.

Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

One of the most widely quoted and often misused verses of the Bible is verse 28.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

We ignorantly quote this verse when we don’t understand what God is doing or see where He is working. To be sure, it is a faith verse, but we need to see it clearly as God intends. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

So, to think that we can figure out what God is doing when it doesn’t make sense to us is foolish. Sometimes we are to just obey. Don’t question, just trust that the Father knows what He is doing and go on.

Romans 8:31-32 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

Knowing the fight of the Christian life would be challenging and sometimes discouraging, God tells us:

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Finally, we are given the piece de resistance’:

Romans 8:38-39 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we couple that with John’s gospel, we can be assured that there is no way one could ever lose that which God has given. 

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

Satan would love us to think that our failures cause God to reject us and remove us from His family. But God does not love as we love. His love is eternal and everlasting. It is promised as a gift to us with no conditions. 

There is only one way to fight the lies of our enemy.

Matthew 4:4 (KJV) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

We have so many precious promises that speak to God’s provision for this life. He has given everything for us to live successfully and victoriously. We must not allow the enemy to dupe us into thinking we can be defeated. We truly are ‘more than conquerors‘ because of Jesus!

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