Friday, February 4, 2011

Promises - A Selection of Sweet Delights to the Soul: God is For Us (pt 1)

"If God is for us, 
who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son 
but gave him up for us all,
how will he not also with him
graciously give us all things?
Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? 
It is God who justifies."Romans 8:31-33

Let this be no excuse to lash out, to pick fights, to hold the argument that "I hold the keys to the knowledge of God and you must submit to my divine inclinations." No, we as humans have sinful tendencies. We are prideful, and should be open to rebuke, to correction, and consideration of alternative views to our interpretation of Scripture and the Christian life. In gentleness, assessing what others say, and comparing their views with Scripture.
But in this passage we are given the hope that God will not abandon us. He in fact will give us everything we need. What does that look like? It's hard to say, but with a submissive attitude to the Lord, in humility and need asking him for provision, it could be just about anything. 
But if we hold sin in our heart - bitterness against another, hatred, irresponsibility, idleness, unrepentant sin - we are not acting as God's chosen people; we are then living in sin, and our motives are therefore tainted. 
It is once we have changed our heart's motives and submitted to God's will that we are prepared: ready to seek what is needed before him. We can biblically approach our holy God through Jesus Christ our priest, who is in heaven making our requests to God the Father for us. Let us ask then through faith in Jesus. For we have this promise from God that he will not hold back his hand from giving us all things.
(To be continued...)

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