Just sharing here the topic we had last last Sunday in our church.
This is tough time, I'm sure everyone will agree. Recession in the US has an effect mostly on all countries. Prices of commodities going up, unemployment rate is so high, companies closing, and a lot more. But guess what, in the midst of this crisis we will arise..WHY?
Our Pastor gave us five points from Romans 8:31-39
1. In the midst of crisis we will arise because GOD IS WITH US.
Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
- If God is on our side, why be afraid? we may become unemployed, people may hate us, friends may desert us but if God is with us and for us, we need not worry about anything.
2. In the midst of crisis we will arise because HE GAVE HIS SON FOR US
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
If HE gave His only son to die for us in the cross? would he nor give us what we need? Would He not give us job when we need it? Would He not give food in our table?
3. In the midst of crisis we will arise because HE JUSTIFIES US.
Romans 8:33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
He has forgiven our sins and transgression and therefore we are justified, there is now no condemnation in Christ. We are to live a full life.
4. In the midst of crisis we will arise because JESUS INTERCEDES FOR US.
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
I cried when my heart heard this, you see? Jesus Christ himself is praying for us right there at the right hand of God. Why then would I worry about recession and crisis? It's ok if your church don't pray for you, if your family often forget to pray for you..JESUS is praying for you!!
5. In the midst of crisis we will arise because NO ONE CAN SEPERATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Hardships? Lost that job? lost that house? that can not seperate you from the love of our Father.
and verses 36 -39 says ;
36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither 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.
SO IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS WE WILL ARISE!! AMEN!
Hope you are encouraged :)