4 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT FACING LIFE'S CHALLENGES WITH GOD'S LOVE
Romans 8:18-39 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us...”
- THE GLORY WHICH IS TO COME WILL OUTWEIGH THE GROANING OF YOUR HEART. (1 Cor.2:9 Eye hath not seen... neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him.) “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus” (Everything you are going through now is “TEMPORARY!”) God will take you through what you're going through. WHY? Because He loves you.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT – GOD’S PRESENCE – IS HELPING YOU. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”(Ja.4:8 Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you.) WHY? Because He loves you.
- GOD IS WORKING FOR YOUR GOOD. “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.” (Phil.4:13 I can do - endure - all things through Christ who stengthens me.) WHY? Because He loves you.
- NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD’S LOVE. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Jn.10:28 You are in Gid's hands and nobody can snatch you away.) WHY? Because He loves you.
PETER: WAS FLAWED BUT ALSO VALUED. Peter made mistakes and needed to be corrected but Jesus saw the good in him, discounted the bad, and went on to use him as a courageous champion for the New Testament church.
ELMER: WAS SOCIALLY HANDICAPPED BUT… Elmer was constantly bothered with self consciousness and social fears. He was 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 118 pounds, athletically awkward and physically weak, but, making matters worse, his school mates poked fun of him and called him names because of the way he looked.
His mother knew of his self-esteem handicap and encouraged him to pursue an education in order to compete in this world. Their family was too poor to afford his schooling so he did what he could to raise money for his education, room, board and clothing.
While in school, he wrote an essay that his mother encouraged him to turn into a speech so he could enter a public speaking contest. With much fear and trenbling, he followed his mother's suggestion and won first place, local fame in the town newspaper and the applause of his former school mates who once ridiculed him.
Thanks to his mother's love, he continued his education, started writing speeches for politicians and even became the editor of a newspaper. His success and the completion his law degree, not only conquered his inferiority complex, Elmer Thomas went on to become a US senator where, ironically, he was voted as the best dressed man in the entire senate.
What can be said of a mother’s love? Yet, God’s love for you is infinitely greater…
JOHN 15:13 "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay's dowwn his life for his friends." WHY? Because He loves you.