Thursday, 5 October 2017

Romans 8:28-39 All Is Well Because of God’s Love Conquers All by Chen Kien Nam dated 1.10.17

Life is not a random mess
God is at work in our life
God is sovereign He can turn things around
E.g Crucifixtion of Jesus, story of Joseph Gen 45:4-8
God’s love + call by God = All is well
Are you called by God?
Yes, of course provided you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
Then love Him so that all is well

What Do You Mean By Good?

Not good health, wealth and comfort
Becoming like Jesus is the good for which God works.
To those who are known by God, He gave a destiny which should be like Jesus.
Read Ephesian 1:4-6

Read verse 29-30
Foreknew, predestined, called, justified, glorified.
This promise applies to all born again believers.
Read Jeremiah 1:5 Before I form you in the womb I knew you, before you
 were born I set you apart.
Personal testimony: born almost to perish, and born again in spirit.

Read verse 31-39
Paul further elaborate God’s love for us
He affirms God’s love by posting 5 questions:
      1.       With God on your side like this how can you lose?
      2.       If God gave His only Son for you, is he likely to hold anything else?
      3.       Who will dare to persecute you?
      4.       If God is your judge and Jesus is your defense counsel, how can a prosecution succeed?
      5.       Can anyone separate us from the love of Christ?

Chinese folk story about “good” and “bad” luck.

Moral of the story : don’t be fickle minded, don’t be influenced by circumstances, God is good all the time.

Applications and Reflections

Election makes us humble and feel less self righteous.
Election give us a heart of thanks giving and gratitude resulting in praise to God.
Experience God’s unconditional love help is to love in the same way
Realizing His unconditional love makes us more willing to obey and serve.

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