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Throwback Thursday: Convinced

CONVINCED

 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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  -Rom. 8:38-39 NASV

What convinced Paul of eternal security in the love of God? God had revealed the gospel to him, but Paul had experienced the power of God throughout his Christian life. He had lived through most of the things listed above. Paul had been beaten, stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecked, hungry, cold, naked, and thirsty (2 Cor. 11:23-28) – just to name a few. He was constantly escaping death. Through all this, Paul learned that God never left his side. He gave him sufficient grace for the trial. He gave him strength when he was weak. Finally, when he was executed, Paul considered death to be gain (Phil. 1:21).

Look back at the darkest times of your life, your most painful memories, and your hardest battles. Those are the times when you will only see one set of footprints, because those were the times God carried you. Those were the times you saw the convincing proof and power of God’s love.

In my own life, I can look back to trials and see God’s hand in them. He has comforted my sorrows. He has walked with me when pain kept me from taking another step. He has enabled me to achieve things that were incredibly difficult.

Paul wrote to Timothy: “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12b). Thank God today for His convincing love.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

A Child of The King

A CHILD OF THE KING

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of
Adoption By whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Rom. 8:15 (NKJV)
Have you ever had those times of fear, worry, despair, disappointment, discouragement…? You know what I am talking about. We have all had those times when our plans go awry, our finances fizzle, or tragedy strikes. Those are the times when we must remember who we are.

We are not only Christians, believers, and saints. The world labels us as fanatics, Bible thumpers, and holy rollers, but who are we really? We are children of the King!

The creator of the universe is our Father, our Daddy. He spoke the world into existence. He parted the Red Sea. He defied His own laws of gravity when He walked on water. He healed the sick, opened blinded eyes, and raised the dead. When the Israelites were hungry, He fed them manna. When they were thirsty, He gave them water out of a rock. There is nothing impossible for God, and that, dear child of God, is who our Father is.

God is not just our King. He is our Father, which is a much more intimate relationship. He has adopted us. He chose us because He loved us with an everlasting love. It is a love which caused Him to leave the glories of heaven and come to this earth as a man to suffer and die for us that we may be saved. It doesn’t stop there because Christ conquered death and hell for us when He arose from the dead.

There is a limit to what our earthly fathers can do. There is no limit with our heavenly Father. His grace knows no end. His mercy knows no bounds. His supply is never depleted. Christian, don’t feel defeated. You are a child of the King!

Dear heavenly Father,
Help me remember that You are my Father, and I am Your child. I cannot grasp the vastness of Your great love, mercy, power, and provision. Help me to always trust in You. Amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read Gal. 4:4-7 and Eph. 1:4-6.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Commit Romans 8:15 to memory. Remind other Christians that they are a child of the one true King. How are you encouraged by the knowledge that you are a child of the King?

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.