Thursday, October 25, 2007

There is No Pit So Deep Where God's Love Is Not Deeper Still
...unshakable assurance through trials

God's Love Turns Sinners into Sons
1 John 3:1 Look at how great a lovea the Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.
1 John 3:2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is.
1 John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

God's Love is a Justifying, Hopeful, Preserving Love
Rom. 8:31 ¶ What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Rom. 8:32 He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
Rom. 8:33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.
Rom. 8:34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.
Rom. 8:35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Rom. 8:36 As it is written:

¶ Because of You we are being put to death all day long;
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
Rom. 8:37 ¶ No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.
Rom. 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom. 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

God's Love Surpasses Knowledge
Eph. 3:14 ¶ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father
Eph. 3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
Eph. 3:16 |I pray| that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
Eph. 3:17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. |I pray that| you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
Eph. 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and width, height and depth,
Eph. 3:19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Eph. 3:20 ¶ Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think— according to the power that works in you—
Eph. 3:21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Though We Are Great Sinners, God is a Greater Savior
Eph. 2:1 ¶ And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
Eph. 2:2 in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
Eph. 2:3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.
Eph. 2:4 But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
Eph. 2:5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
Eph. 2:6 He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens,a in Christ Jesus,
Eph. 2:7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in |His| kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Eph. 2:8 For by gracea you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—
Eph. 2:9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
Eph. 2:10 For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.


cyd said...

Dear Steve,

What great encouragement!

The Refining Fires have burned something marvelous into this blog.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in ALL our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."
2 Cor. 1:3-5

BTW- love the Corrie Ten boom quote; she knew deep pits!

Psalm 91

Bhedr said...

Yeah cyd, I always love to hear that quote. Great Scripture bro Camp. I love the line, "and though the trials never end, I've learned to take them as my friend."

Amen...unshakable assurance knowing that for now He covers us, but one day the weight of sin will be fully released praise God. Dont we all yearn for that day and to be in His presence free from the dread of sin.