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So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!
Romans 8:38-39 (TPT)
When I was growing up in my Christian home, I somehow missed the truth that my relationship with the Lord was not based on my performance either before or after salvation.
Every time I made a mistake, told a lie, forgot to read my Bible or pray, or yielded to a temptation, I accepted what the enemy whispered in my ear:
“God doesn’t love you any more. You’ve gone too far.”
Those whispers echoed in my head for a very long time and I experienced a great deal of anguish. I also didn’t risk approaching the Lord because I thought my fear of His rejection would be confirmed.
I believed the lies.
When I became an adult those doubts and uncertainties of God’s enduring, pursuing love for me clung to me like barnacles on a ship until I was invited to a Bible study and learned the truth of grace and the progressive work of sanctification.
As the teacher led us through the book of Romans and we reached the end of Chapter 8, Paul’s words came alive in my heart.
I felt an assurance I could approach the Lord on my worst days and his arms would open wide as I sought his forgiveness and grace. His sacrifice on the cross covered all my sins – past, present, & future – once I surrendered my life to Him.
Even if the whispers came, I no longer believed them.
Thank you, Lord, for your everlasting love and for opening my eyes to the truth of your Word to combat every lie and every accusation hurled against me.
Your love is the greatest, strongest thing ever!
Thank you for assuring me it will always be there!