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One of Satan’s favorite tactics is to convince a believer that God is against them, particularly when there has been a failure or in times of great trial.

God Is For You!

Romans 8:26-27, 31-32, 37-39, 5:8; Exodus 3:12; Joshua 1:9; 1 Peter 3:18

05-24-2020

 

 

Bible Verse

Romans 8:31 (NIV)

31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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Note

After sharing some of the incredible things God has done and is doing for us preceding this verse, Paul says something that is totally crucial to living a successful Christian life—the belief that God is FOR you, that He is on your side! He asks a rhetorical question, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”  It is better understood to say, “Since God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer is—no one or thing can be against you if God is FOR YOU! 

This is so important because how can we have confidence in our battle with the devil if we do not believe God is FOR US in the battle? How can we overcome the habits that stubbornly cling to us if we don’t believe God is ROOTING FOR our victory? How could Moses have walked up to Pharaoh to demand he let the people go if he wasn’t certain God was ON HIS SIDE?——In fact, God had assured him, 

 

Bible Verse

Exodus 3:12 (NIV)

12And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

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How could David have faced the giant Goliath if he had not believed God was fighting FOR and not AGAINST him? How could Abraham have left his hometown and all that he knew to go “he knew not where” if he hadn’t believed the God who led him was on his side? When Joshua took Moses’ place and stood on the banks of the Jordan River to lead the people over into the Promised Land, God told him four times, “Be strong and of a good courage;” On the third time he told him 

 

Bible Verse

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Note

And the devil’s favorite attack tool is condemnation, which knocks our confidence out from under us. When we feel condemned for some sin or the other, the underlying message of the condemnation is that God is no longer for us, no longer on our side, but is instead against us for our failings.

 

Illustration

I recently read a true story about a man named Keith Hartsell of Wheaton, Illinois, who was driving around with a friend of his in California. He noticed that his friend’s cell phone was locked with an unusual password—pro nobis. Keith asked him what pro nobis meant and why he chose that for a password. Keith’s friend told him it was Latin and it meant “For Us,” and then he suddenly started choking up. Keith thought, “Why would those two Latin words cause so much emotion?” Then his friend composed himself and explained that after walking through deep personal pain, true healing came when he learned that God is “for us”—or the Latin phrase pro nobis. Keith’s friend said that after his parents’ divorce, he had entered a season where he felt that God didn’t care or that God had given up on him. But he finally found hope through those two simple words—pro nobis (for us).  

You see, when he decided to believe that God was pro nobis, that God had even sent Christ to die for him, the thought that God had somehow left him vanished forever.

 

Note

In our text the Apostle Paul lays out several proofs that God is on our side…that He is “for us.” First, we know He is FOR US because:

  1. His Spirit helps us in our weaknesses 

 

Bible Verse

Romans 8:26 (NIV)

26In 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.

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Note

Sometimes we’re in such a struggle we can’t even think what to pray for. But that’s when the Holy Spirit steps in!—He prays for us before the very throne room of God.  The devil would tell you that God is against you because of your weaknesses and failings and struggles… But Paul says that God is for you, so much so that He sent His Holy Spirit to pray for you in your weaknesses—that you would have victory, be protected, and overcome in your struggles! And the Father hears it!

Paul adds:

 

Bible Verse

Romans 8:27 (NIV)

27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

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Note

So if the Holy Spirit Himself is praying for you, who can be against you!

 

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Bible Verse

Romans 8:32 (NIV)

32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

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Note

There is no greater evidence that God is FOR US than this—He did not spare His own Son in order to save us! He did it while we were His enemies: 

 

Bible Verse

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Note

He did it willingly out of love: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only  begotten Son…” He did it hopefully to bring us home to Him:

 

Illustration

“A little boy was found crying at a busy street intersection. When he was asked why, he said he was lost. Yes, he knew his name but not his home address. Upon further questioning about landmarks near his home, a church was mentioned. The boy brightened up and said, “There’s a church with a cross that’s lighted at night near my home.” He thought a bit, then said, “Take me to the cross and I can find my way home.”

Jesus is the way home to heaven!

 

Bible Verse

1 Peter 3:18 (ASV)

18Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

 

Note

And because of Jesus’ death on the Cross, Satan was defeated, our sin was erased, death can’t hold us, and the grave can’t keep us! So….“If God be for us, who can be against us?” The answer is no one and no thing!

 

Bible Verse

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

39neither 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.

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