An Overcoming Love

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An Overcoming Love

 

Romans 8:35-39 NKJV

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate you from God’s love. God’s love will see you through tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and the sword.

I. Tribulation

Tribulation can be described as hardship, great difficulty, affliction, or something that causes great difficulty or affliction. Tribulation cannot separate you from the love of Christ. Jesus has promised us peace and joy even in the midst of tribulation.

John 16:33 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

II. Distress

Distress can be defined as mental suffering caused by grief (anxiety or unhappiness), hardship or problems caused by a lack of basic necessities, physical pain (or discomfort), danger or difficulty. Distress cannot separate you from the love of Christ. When we turn to God in the midst of our distress He is filled with compassion and He will put an end to whatever is causing our distress.

Deuteronomy 4:30 NKJV

“When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”

 

III. Persecution

Persecution can be described as the subjecting of a race or group of people to cruel or unfair treatment because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs, or the suffering of persecuted people. Persecution cannot separate you from the love of Christ. During times of persecution God is still with us. He doesn’t forget about us and He won’t allow us to be crushed or filled with hopelessness.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”

 

IV. Famine

Famine can be described as a severe shortage of food resulting in widespread hunger, deficiency of something, or extreme hunger and starvation. Famine cannot separate you from the love of Christ. God has never forsaken the righteous, nor has He allowed them to lack something that they really need.

Psalm 37:25 NKJV

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.”

V. Nakedness

Nakedness can be described as lacking the usual covering or protection, openly displayed or expressed (and often threatening or disturbing), unarmed and defenseless, or devoid of something. Nakedness cannot separate you from the love of Christ. The Lord is our defense, and He surrounds us with His favor.

Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

VI. Peril

Peril can be described as exposure to risk of harm, danger, or a source of possible or imagined harm. Peril cannot separate you from the love of Christ. In the last days there will be perilous times. Many people will embrace sin, but if we don’t become involved in their sin we won’t be taken captive by the enemy. God is with us in perilous times and in due season He will make obvious (clear to see and understand) the reckless behavior, thoughtless and irrational acts, and misguided behavior of the sinful.

2 Timothy 3:1-9 NKJV

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.”

VII. Sword
Sword can be described as the use of force, violence, or military power. The sword cannot separate you from the love of Christ. When you make the Lord your refuge and abide in Him, no evil (wickedness, harm, misfortune, maliciousness) will befall (happen to) you.

Psalm 91:7-10 NKJV

“A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling”

Dear Father,

     Thank-you for Your Word and Your promises. Thank-you that nothing can separate me from Your love. Your love will see me through tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and the sword. You give me peace and joy even in the midst of tribulation. You are my refuge and in You I chose to abide.

     Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to turn to You in distress and to obey Your voice. You will not forsake me, destroy me or forget the covenant You have made with me. During times of persecution You are still with me. You won’t allow me to be crushed or filled with hopelessness.

     Famine, physical or spiritual, cannot separate me from Your love. You have never forsaken the righteous, nor have allowed them to lack something that they really need. You are my defense, and You surrounds me with You favor.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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