Monday, 7 March 2016

WHAT CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD?



TEXT: ROMANS 8:35-39
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The above scripture is asking us a question and at the same time emphasizing that even in time of trouble, problems and afflictions; we should not turn our back against God. Nothing on earth is worth losing God for, no situation or problem is genuine enough to cause us to turn away from God our maker.
The later part of our text tells us that nothing in this world should make our love for God to grow cold; rather it should wax stronger because in every situation; God loves us and He is always with us, even in our times of darkness!
Our anchor scripture listed some things that can cause people to back off from serving God- Trouble, calamity, hunger, danger, persecution, being destitute, or death. In truth, many people throw in the towel when things are difficult for them.
However, there are some people that serve God more and better when they are in difficulty. Many people turn to God when during tribulation, distress, affliction, lack and hardship.
In other words, the problem they are facing drew them to God, knowing that He is their lasting hope and solution. Hence, as soon as they overcome the problem, they turn their back against God. Why?  This is because their problem has been solved and they don’t see any reason to stay with God again. The blessing or the divine turnaround was what separated them from God and not the problem {problem knitted them to God and they allowed blessing or answered prayer to separate them from God}.
Some people are driven away from God because of problem or affliction while some are driven away as a result of answered prayer. When God bless them, they believe there is no reason to serve God again!
Today, I am encouraging you not to allow problem or success to separate you from God. No success or breakthrough is good enough to separate you from God, and no problem is too big or bad enough to drift you apart from your maker.
If you are in the midst of trouble or affliction, hold on to God; let not your love for the lover of your soul go cold. Also, if you pray for blessing and He blesses you, do not be an ingrate by taking the blessing and rejecting the giver of the blessing.
Remember, in blessing, tribulation, lack, hunger, and in death, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.


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