September 14 – Coming Upon Us In Abundance

“…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. ” Romans 5:5-6 (NASB)

In verses 1 & 2 we’ve found three promises giving us assurance of security in God.  The justification which God granted to us by faith comes through the work of Jesus Christ. It’s also through Him that we are now standing in grace. This undeserved grace is given in a promise that gives us hope and cannot be broken.  Now, in verse 5, we read this confirmation, “Hope does not disappoint.” God will never disappoint any who have hope in Him.  None who hope in Christ will ever be disappointed in eternity. How do we know this?  Because the love of God has been “poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Paul goes on to describe how helpless we were when at the right time, Christ died for us, the ungodly. This promise of love is the fourth link we have to our security in God. It speaks not of our love for God, but of God’s love for us. His love is personal, and intimate. More than just bequeathing it, verse 5 says that he pours it out within our hearts.  Like a waterfall of love, He fills us with this love.

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April 9 – At the Right Time

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 (NASB)

Easter is on the horizon of our calendars in one week. Over this next week our focus will be on the last days of our Lord Jesus before he died on the cross. It was no accident and not a happenstance in God’s timing. It was planned, intentional for us who believe in Him. During His last days He knew what was going to happen because He had always known it. That is what he had come for and our verse reminds us that He submitted to death for us at just the right time – the time God had set.  And the reason He had to suffer and the reason he died was because we are helpless and cannot save ourselves – we could not and cannot avoid the consequence of rejecting God. We are powerless before the God of heaven to clear ourselves of the penalty of death. Jesus did this for us what we could not do for ourselves. And now by faith we become members of God’s eternal family. God did not wait until we were good enough because we never would be so he did it when we were utterly helpless.

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 November 18 – Fully Sufficient

“For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4 (NASB)

Life is not a bed of roses they say. If it was we’d all be pricked by the thorns too much. Yet there are thorns that stick it to us anyway. The prophet Isaiah knew the wonder of God and what He did for His own who were in need. This verse gives us four ways that God promised to provide for those in need in Isaiah’s day. For those oppressed God is our defense against oppressors. Our Lord God also is our defense when we are in need. He is a refuge and we can look to Him when we feel threatened and when we wonder how things will work out for us. When our life is beset by stormy weather we find shelter with our Lord. And if our situation creates a lot of heat like the desert we can find relief from the heat. Sometimes we face people who have us up against a wall – we can trust and know God is with us to help us.  So, let’s allow the words of our verse to remind us today how full sufficient our God is to be there and meet our every need.

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