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Smile-God Loves You!
11/24/2008

SMILE-GOD LOVES YOU!
    
    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35 (NKJV)
    
    
    So heres the million-dollar question, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
    
    Is there anything or anyone that can separate us from our Lords love for us?
    
    It seems to be a straightforward question, but who is asking the question. Have they ever experienced persecution or tough times, or are they the sort of person who sat back on the patio with pen in hand, writing beautiful poems and riddles as they sipped on lemonade?
    
    We can know the answer to this question by knowing that the person who wrote the book of Romans was the Apostle Paul. And although he started life out with the best that this world had to offer in the way of provisions, and teachers, he did not write this this from a theologians perspective; he wrote it based on his own life experiences. You see, once Paul accepted that Jesus was the messiah, the risen Lord, and the savior of the world, his life changed dramatically.
    
    Paul knew and believed in the Gospel message and therefore he was committed to preaching, teaching and sharing with as many people as he possibly could. It was during his travels while attempting to spread the Gospel that Paul went through so many trials and tribulations. Here are some of them as documented by Paul himself in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 NIV.
    
    Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
    
    Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
    
    I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.
    
    I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
    
    Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
    
    Yet throughout all of these persecutions, and these tribulations, Paul knew of, and felt Gods love. He knew that he was not abandoned or left to die. He knew that God had a perfect plan for every situation, and he trusted Him. Many of Pauls writings that make up the books of the New Testament were, in fact, written while in prison. And yet, as we read them, He is speaking forth the truth of Gods love to all these people that he wrote to. This is evidenced in his letter to the Romans. Keep in mind as you read this passage that he had never been to Rome yet at the time of this writing, nor did he know anyone in Rome.
    
    To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 (NKJV)
    
    I dont know what is going on in your life. I dont know what trials and tribulations that you may be facing; they could be financial, marital, health and even spiritual. What I do know is this: God loves you! He cares for you! And He has a plan for you! I would like to close this with a piece of scripture that Paul concluded with after asking the opening question to this devotional as recorded in Romans 8:35. It is here that we can have the confidence of the one who met Jesus on that road to Damascus and who spent the rest of his life to writing and sharing Gods truth about His love for us.
    
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)
    
    Smile-God loves you&
    
    STUDY QUESTION: According to the Apostle Paul, who or what is able to separate us from the love of God?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you fully convinced of Gods love for you? If you answered no, see John 3:16.
    
    APPLICATION: Remember that God loves you so much, that He let Jesus come and die for us, and for the payment of our sins. Are you willing to share this love?
    
    Father, Thank You for Your amazing love for me. Thank You for the testimonial of the Apostle Paul to show us how much You are with us, and guide us through each situation. And thanks especially for allowing Jesus to come down and take the form of a man, to teach us, and to die for our sin. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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