Romans 8:35,37-38 (NKJV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Bible tells us that some believers will stumble, fall away, and leave the Lord. It also tells us that tribulation and persecution will arise for the Word’s sake to steal the Word from our hearts. Jesus wants us to allow the Word to take root in our lives so that we can stand firm during tribulation and persecution.
Why do we sometimes hear people say, “I tried Jesus but it didn’t work for me!”? It is because they were looking for a formula or quick fix to meet their need. Therefore, even though they received the message with joy, they stumbled because they didn’t receive what they asked for, such as miraculous healing. The Word of God works like a mirror by revealing to us the condition of our lives and our hearts, not to condemn us but to help us get back into right alignment with God by making the necessary adjustments.
Many Christians are passionate and enthusiastic about God and His Word especially after a church service, conference, or Bible study, but all of a sudden, they’ve lost the zeal and returned to the world. Perhaps their prayer was not answered in the way or the timing that they had expected, and there is no depth or proper foundation. This can happen to us too when we are disappointed with God, undergoing stress or challenges. God did not promise us a life free from tribulation, but He did promise that we can overcome it.
So what convictions do we need to weather through the storms of life? First, we need to know the character and nature of God. He is a promise-keeping God. He will never violate His covenant, leave us or forsake us, and His grace will sustain us during tribulations. We will be more than a conqueror since His presence, assurance and resources are made available to us. No tribulation will be able to harm us because He will walk through it with us and deliver us in His timing. Secondly, we need to build our identity in Christ. This solid foundation will help us to be strong and stable during tribulation. If we build our identity on anything else, it will be easily taken away by a recession, health issues or old age.
We have already been warned of the enemy’s scheme, so let’s pre-empt him from stealing and robbing us of our joy and faith by deciding to make our hearts good soil. It is our best defence.
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罗马书 8:35,37-38 谁能使我们与基督的爱隔绝呢？难道是患难吗？是困苦吗？是逼迫吗？是饥饿吗？是赤身露体吗？是危险吗？是刀剑吗？……然而，靠着爱我们的主，在这一切的事上已经得胜有余了。 因为我深信：无论是死，是生，是天使，是掌权的，是有能的，是现在的事，是将来的事， 是高处的，是低处的，是别的受造之物，都不能叫我们与神的爱隔绝；这爱是在我们的主基督耶稣里的。