SECURE IN GOD’S LOVE

Welcome Rev. Mark Dorr
November 14, 2019
CONTEMPORARY FAITH
October 26, 2021

SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 8:28-39

This morning we will talk about God’s love for us. It is one thing to affirm that we have a relationship with God but another to understand. Do we truly understand the power of God? This morning’s scripture tells us about God putting his hand in ours. God puts his love into us. He teaches how to love one another. For example, when you teach a child to write, you hold their hand as they begin to make the letters. The child is learning to form the letters as we are guiding them. Through God’s love and guidance, we are forming our religious and spiritual beliefs.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God works for good for those who love Him! God is an active God. God moves through us here on earth and he is always a step ahead of us shaping our lives. Events in our lives would be hopelessly bungled if we tried to manage everything by ourselves. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” God knew us before we were born. He knows the moves that we will make before we even know them. The Bible tells us that God is with us every step of the way.

Psalm 139:15-16 “You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.” We can be secure, if we believe, that God is in control. He is always at work in our lives. We need to listen to Him, be cooperative, and follow his direction. The Bible tells us that God is cooperative with “those who love Him”. God only wants our cooperation. He doesn’t need us to do anything for Him.

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” God not only works for people but with people. He not only acts in our behalf, but interacts with us.

Discipleship is about interacting with God, hearing Him, listening to Him, and connecting with Him. When we talk about interacting with God, what are we talking about? We are talking about the ability to seek out, discern, and understand God’s guidance for us throughout the trials of life. We need to be able to let God transform our hearts to peace in Christ. We need to be able to hear and respond to the Lord’s disciplines. Ultimately, God will guide you but you need to be secure in His teachings.

 

John 16:12-15 ” I have many more things to say to you, but they are too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words but he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me, because he will take what I have to say and tell it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will take what I have to say and tell it to you.”

For those who are called, God interacts with personally. When He calls, we must respond. What leads to our call? Through predestination we are conformed to the image of His son, Jesus. We are marred by sin but through Christ, we are saved. It is not an arbitrary choice to follow Jesus. It is a Biblical saying that God will complete what he has started.  God  knows what will happen in our lives.  God’s purposes can be reconciled through human freedom. We have the freedom and the obligation to carry on His mission. God chose us to do His work because He knows that we are capable of doing it. 

 

Romans 8:29-30 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, He also justified; those he justified, He also glorified.” God already knew what our jobs would be.  We need to heed His call. What will the call lead to?  It will lead to justification and glorification. God’s confidence in us silences all of the voices and permanently gives us the ability to truly be one of God’s children. We are part of His family forever.               Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

Through God and His son, Jesus, we have assurance that we are complete people. That does not mean that we can be complacent. We can always be learning and following the teachings of God. We can always do better. Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or at eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” The secure are not complacent and it is not the complacent who are secure. Be secure in the knowledge that God loves you.