All That Matters

All That Matters

Romans 8:37-39 NIV “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. [38] For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, [39] 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.”

All that matters is that we remain in God’s love. And isn’t it good to know that NOTHING can separate us from it? Nothing overpowers God’s love for us, nothing! That’s what Romans 8:37-39 is saying. It doesn’t matter what is going on. It doesn’t matter how tough times get. God is still there. And His love guides us, comforts us, and protects us. The world wants us to believe other things are more important. Pressures will continue to mount. One thing after the next. Let’s be careful to stay in God’s love above all else.

FELL AMONG THORNS

Luke 8:14 KJV “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”

I know there are things we must do in this life to take care of our physical needs, and the needs of our families. But if we’re not anchored in our relationship with God we will become what’s described in Luke 8:14. By not growing to spiritual maturity we remain babes in the faith or worse. The worries of this life, riches, and pleasure seeking will choke the word of God from us. We will even find ourselves justifying chasing things of this world. How many folks spend eons of time running after such things and never take time to study their Bibles? Many.

REMAIN

Listen to what Jesus says it takes for Him to remain in us and for us to remain in Him:

John 15:4-7 NLT “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. [5] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. [6] Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. [7] But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”

Jesus’ words must be IN and remain IN us for Him to be IN and remain IN us. How can this happen if we do not study His words in the Bible? How can we apply his teachings in our lives if we don’t study what the Bible says?

WANT BOLDNESS ON JUDGMENT DAY?

1 John 4:17-18 NLT “And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. [18] Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

Wow! You read it right: those who remain in God’s love to the end will confidently stand before their heavenly Father on Judgment Day with absolutely no fear! Living a life in imitation of Jesus Christ is perfect love, and there is no fear in it, no dread of punishment. Only bold confidence before Almighty God awaits those who deny themselves, take up their crosses daily, and follow Jesus. (Luke 9:23) God grants His servants this awesome boldness. What a gift! All that matters is that we grow in and remain in God’s love. 😁

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