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Episode 35 - Session in Review Series feat. Sen. Heather Cloud (Part 1)

Updated: Apr 5

 

 

'So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. For he knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like him. Having determined our destiny ahead of time, he called us to himself and transferred his perfect righteousness to everyone he called. And those who possess his perfect righteousness he co-glorified with his Son! So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us? For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all, he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give. Who then would dare to accuse those whom God has chosen in love to be his? God himself is the judge who has issued his final verdict over them—“Not guilty!” Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us, and even more than that, he has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at his right hand. So how could he possibly condemn us since he is continually praying for our triumph ? Who could ever divorce us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, even though it is written: All day long we face death threats for your sake, God. We are considered to be nothing more than sheep to be slaughtered! Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! 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!'

 

Through the sacrifice of Jesus and His triumph over death, we have been given such a gift of freedom, of forgiveness, of restoration, of adoption into the family of God. This scripture is a call and a reminder that He made us perfectly for the purposes He embedded in our hearts and wove into our personalities and lives. And though we live in dark and uncertain times, He has conquered it all. This passage really issued a challenge to me to recount and even write down the reasons for my devotion to and love for Jesus. Because He loved Me first. Because He knit Me together in My mother’s womb. Because He has plans and purposes for My life - for good and not calamity, plans to give me a future and a hope and that cause me to prosper. Because He gave it all so that I might live and be set free. Let me issue that same challenge to you today. Recount the reasons that you love the Lord. It will set your heart and your mind back to true north for the week ahead. 


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