Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 - God Wins!

I’ll be very transparent with this week’s devotion: I am tired; very tired! I spent the day in a basketball clinic at a local church (so at least tonight I sleep in my own bed.) Now don’t get me wrong, I love conducting clinics but with my schedule as of late, and the fact I am getting old, it wears me out.

Beyond just the fatigue of the clinic we also have a very hectic schedule ahead without a day off until August 3, I think I may have brought back a parasite from overseas, I have a disc messed up in my neck, numerous BIG additions coming for the ministry and family (including Clay moving to the Dominican Republic), etc. In other words it is easy to sit back and feel defeated…

Yet I am not! You, if you have placed your faith in Christ, are not! Simply put, I don’t care what life throws my way, I know the outcome… God wins!!!!!!!!!!!

I strongly considered just writing those 2 words for this week’s devotion (but then felt guilty like I was taking the easy way out…) But nevertheless those 2 words should encourage you.

Here is a great passage in Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.

Here is a great paraphrase from The Message of verses 31-32: So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

GOD WINS!!!!!! Therefore believers win!!!!!!

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