We Win!

Greeting In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 8:37 (NLT)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Alright, I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news is that whoever told you that once you became a Christian that all your problems were over lied to you and did you a tremendous disservice. The fact is there will always be problems in this life because we live in a fallen world that is temporarily under the influence of Satan. People will hurt, disappoint, and turn on you for no logical reason. There will be heart ache, sickness, pain, loneliness, and death. There is nothing that you can say or do that is going to change that fact. However, the good news is that the Bible promises us that we will not only survive these hardships of life, but rather that we will transcend them. Paul says, “despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” The phrase that is translated “overwhelming victory” can literally be translated “we triumph overwhelmingly” or “we are super conquerors.” Therefore, we will not only survive the hardships of this life, but we will master them and rise far above them. God has promised us that there is nothing that we should fear because He is always at our side, and with His help there is nothing that we cannot gain the victory over. He has given us all we need to not only survive in this life but to overcome it. Paul confirms this in one of his other letters when he says, “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory” (Col. 3:3-4, NLT). Don’t just be a survivor, but in Christ be an overcomer!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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If God Is For Us…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 8:31-34 (NLT)
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Ever feel like everyone and everything is against you? Or do you ever feel like nothing seems to be going right? Well there is one who is for you, and His name is Jesus! Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The benefits of the Good News are enormous. God has sent His own Son to die for our sins, He has forgiven us, declared us to be in right standing with Him, given us victory over sin, and filled us with His Holy Spirit. Now if God was willing to do all that we can deduce that God is on our side. Although we may feel like no one else is, but it really doesn’t matter because we know that God is on our side. Furthermore, if God is on our side nothing or no one else really matters. Paul goes on to state the situation as if it were a case sin court, and his point is that if God is defending us nothing the prosecution has to say will amount to anything. As it says in Isaiah 50:8-9, 8 He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to bring charges against me now? Where are my accusers? Let them appear! 9 See, the Sovereign LORD is on my side! Who will declare me guilty? All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths!” If you are feeling like no one is on your side and the whole world is against you, be encouraged because the Creator of all that is has come to your rescue. Now matter what you may be going through right now His love, mercy, and grace will sustain you. As Nehemiah says, “His joy shall be your strength” (8:10). If God is for you no one, and I mean no one, can be against you.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Help Is Here!

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning’s that cannot be expressed in words.
27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

I just love being Pentecostal! I am so thankful that when I am weak the Holy Spirit is there to lift me up and strengthen me. He is able to do what I cannot. Here is what my dear friend Dr. Stanley Horton had to say about these verses: “We remain in the weakness of our present bodies, therefore. But the Holy Spirit is with us. Though our experience with Him in the age to come will be beyond anything we know now, He is still with us in person, ready to help us in a real and personal way. Though Paul does not call the Spirit the Counselor, the Paraclete, he certainly sees the Spirit as our Helper here. He is right here to help us in our weakness. In our weakness we often do not understand ourselves or our needs. We want to do God’s will, but we do not even know how to pray as we should. Then the Spirit comes to our aid and makes intercession for us (instead of us) with groaning’s too deep for words (vv.26,27).These groaning’s are not expressed in words, not even in tongues (though the Spirit might well be interceding in these inexpressible groans while we are speaking in tongues or while we are praying or praising God). But they do not need to be expressed in words. The same God, the same Heavenly Father who knows what is in our hearts also knows what is in the mind of the Spirit. So there is perfect communication between the Father and the Holy Spirit without the necessity of words. Moreover, the Holy Spirit knows what the will of God is, so we can be sure that His intercession is according to the will of God. In other words, we can be sure His prayers will be answered. No wonder Paul says that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Horton, What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit, Wordsearch Bible Software). Glory!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark