He is FOR YOU…

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If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

 

John Piper comments on these verses:

"If you are in Christ Jesus all of God's action toward you is almighty mercy and 
omnipotent assistance. It is not mixed. It is not as though some days he is 
against you with wrath - and those days are bad days - while other days he is 
for you with love - and those days are good days. That is emphatically not 
the case and not the way to think about it. 

In Christ Jesus God is always for you. Always!
Now this is breathtaking. If we could believe it, practically, morning till 
night deep in our souls - if this truth that God is only for us and not against us,
and that he is for us with almighty mercy and omnipotent assistance all day and 
all night, waking and sleeping, Oh how differently we would live and sleep! 
What freedom! What a joy! What a peace! What a risk-taking boldness! 
What a fearlessness! What a sacrificial life-style of love and service and mercy!
What a patience! What a serenity . . . we would have.
So we take our sins seriously. We hate them. (Rom. 7:15) 
We confess our sins (1 John 1:9). We look to the cross where all our pardon 
and righteousness was fully secured. We accept the Father's displeasure and 
discipline, and may dwell in darkness for a season. But if our enemy rejoices 
and says to us in our night of sorrow, "See, God is against you. He is angry. 
You are guilty and under his condemnation," then we will say, with the authority 
of Romans 8:1 and on the basis of Jesus Christ's death and righteousness,
and in the words of Micah 7: 
'Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. 
Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for 
me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him,
until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. 
He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.'"

As Piper says,Satan, our enemy, lies to us. Satan condemns us in our own voice-- 
                  in my case with a very southern accent!!
I've started recognizing that lying voice at the door of my mind
 and I call out to Jesus to answer that particular knock. He always says, 
"I GOT THIS, HONEY!"                 Jesus runs to us when we call on Him in need.
knocking on door
He makes us more than overcomers.

He is for us.

In Him, the gates of hell will not stand 
against us.

He gives us the victory.

His LOVE leads us to repentance.

If He is for us, who can stand against us?



                        Satan would have us forget these truths.  
                   He would have us wallow in guilt, shame, and defeat. 
                          He would have us believe that 
                               THIS SIN is too bad; 
                       THIS SIN was not nailed to the cross. 
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                     But we know the truth. God has blessed us with Rom.8:1.
Even as we fight against sin we hate, 
even as we fail,
His love and forgiveness never does.
As we "set our minds" on the things of the Spirit,
the truth of Romans 8:1,
We gain power and might for victory.

Let two words be your mantra for a few days.  Let them seep into your marrow.
                     They are words from the cross & resurrection.

                             NO CONDEMNATION...
               Believe it and be defined by His love, not your sin. 
                         Believe it, and be free. 
                         Believe it, and be brave.
                      Believe it and bring Him glory.
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5 responses »

  1. If so, I would love to see your notes. I am working on a study for a Bible study tomorrow night about marriage and am going to use Sarah.

  2. I did a bible study on Abraham, but nothing re: marriage. My stuff wouldn’t be of any help. Sorry! Hope it goes well!

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