If God is for us, who can be against us?

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Watering the Tulips

05/16/2012

“…If God is for us, who can be against us?”Romans 8:31

If you, as a believer, are looking for encouragement from the world system, you will not find it. Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). We can expect opposition from this world. Jesus forewarned us of it. Yet, God is bigger than they are. It matters not if they support us or not.
Paul seemingly faced opposition in every effort he put forth. It seems that each time he entered a city, the Jews or the Gentiles or even some professing Christians were there to oppose him. Yet, Paul’s confidence was in the Lord. No matter what he faced, he knew he was fulfilling the ministry that Christ had called him to. Despite the seemingly unending persecution from all directions, Paul remained consistent because he was encouraged by the truth that God was with him.
The apostle John encouraged those in his care when he said, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Expecting opposition from all sides, we can be confident in the Lord. Certainly, God is sovereign and He protects us. Our success doesn’t depend on whether the world receives us or not. Our success is based completely on God’s will and His ability to carry it out!
In Isaiah 55:11, the Lord said, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”. Certainly, we are commissioned to put the Word of God out. We need to publish it and preach it. But, the success continues to based on whether God sees fit to use it or not. This we know, it will accomplish His purpose. Oh, how this ought to give us comfort!! “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
The apostle Paul was a very learned man. He was skilled in language and well educated. Yet, he said, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1). Paul’s didn’t believe for one second that the power of the message was based on his ability to speak eloquently. He explained where his confidence was just a few verses later when he said, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Oh how this ought to relieve us of some stress in sharing the Gospel with lost sinners! The power to save is not our responsibility. God has kept that to himself. He merely commissions us to go!
Child of God, be encouraged in the work of God. You are not called to be successful. You are not called to save souls. You are merely called to point people to Christ alone for salvation. The increase is in God’s hands. Surely, “if God be for us, who can be against us?”

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