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Finding Refuge in God’s Deliverance (11 June 2023) - Ps Leo T Mukumba

Scripture:

Romans 8:31-34. "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He 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? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:31-34)


Introductions:

If you boss is in favor of someone or related to someone it is very difficult task to lay accusation against them. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT WE GOD'S CHILDREN. WE GOD'S BELOVED WITHOUT DOUBT.


This passage highlights several powerful truths about God's role in pleading our cause. God have got unwavering love and advocacy in our lives. It assures us that if God is on our side, there is no force or opposition that can ultimately prevail against us. It reminds us of the immeasurable love of God, demonstrated through the sacrificial gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, for our redemption and reconciliation.


Body:

1. God Is for Us:

Romans 8:31 "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

This gives us time to pause and think about it. If God is on our side, there is no force or opposition or obstacle or opposition that can ultimately prevail or stand against us. These words are like a divine battle cry, assuring us that when God is on our side, nothing can prevail against us. We need to realize that our Heavenly Father is not distant or unconcerned or unsympathetic, but He is actively working for our good. The sovereign God of the universe is in our corner, fighting our battles, and championing our cause. God is for us. No matter what circumstances we face, God is on our side, working for our good. These words from the Apostle Paul remind us that with God on our side, we have nothing to fear. We can face any challenge with confidence, knowing that God is fighting our battles.


Psalm 56:9 (NLT) "The very moment I call to you for a Father's help, the tide of battle turns and my enemies flee. This one thing I know: God is on my side!“ In times of trouble, when we feel overwhelmed, we can call upon our Heavenly Father for help. This verse assures us that when we seek God's assistance, the tide of battle turns. Our enemies, whether they be physical or spiritual, cannot prevail against us when God fights on our behalf.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ This well-known verse is a reminder, that God has good plans for our lives. He desires to see us prosper, to give us hope, and to provide us with a future filled with purpose. God's intentions towards us are always for our well-being and not for harm.God fights our battles, turns the tide/wave/flow/current against our enemies, and has good plans for our lives. Regardless of the challenges we face, let us find comfort and strength in the assurance that we serve a loving and faithful God who is always on our side. Mwari Havana hutsinye!!!! May to Lord help us to remember His promises and trust in His unfailing love. May He empower us to face every situation with confidence, knowing that He is fighting on our behalf. May God bless you all abundantly as you walk in the assurance that He is for you.


2. The Priceless Gift of Christ's Sacrifice:

Romans 8:32 "He 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?" (Romans 8:32). These words unveil the depth of God's love and the extent to which He went to redeem and reconcile us. Do you know that Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross was the ultimate expression of God's love, securing our salvation and providing us with everything we need. Verse 32 reminds us of the immeasurable love of God, demonstrated through the sacrificial gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, for our redemption and reconciliation.It is a gift that surpasses all human comprehension, a gift that demonstrates the depth of God's love for us.


John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life In this verse, we witness the immeasurable love of God. Despite our sinfulness, God chose to give His only Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrificial offering for our redemption. This act of selflessness reveals the extent of God's love and His desire to restore us to a relationship with Him.


Romans 5:8 "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Here we discover the incredible timing of Christ's sacrifice. God did not wait for us to become worthy of His love, but instead, while we were still steeped in sin, He offered His Son as the ultimate sacrifice. Such unconditional love should inspire awe and gratitude within us, as it demonstrates the lengths to which God was willing to go to reconcile us to Himself.


1 Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.“ In this passage, we witness the redemptive power of Christ's sacrifice. By taking upon Himself the weight of our sins, Jesus opened the way for us to be set free from the bondage of sin. Through His wounds, we find healing and the opportunity to live righteous lives that honor and glorify Him.


2 Corinthians 5:21 "For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.“ Here we encounter the divine exchange that occurs through Christ's sacrifice. Jesus, who knew no sin, willingly took on our sins, bearing the full weight of our guilt and shame. In return, we are offered the righteousness of God, clothed in Christ's purity and given a new identity in Him. Through His sacrifice, we find forgiveness, redemption, and the hope of eternal life.


3. This shows the Justifying Power of God:

Romans 8:33 "Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies". This proclamation shatters any accusation or condemnation that could be leveled against us. When God justifies us, He declares us righteous, wiping away our guilt and shame. No matter what others say or think, we are eternally justified before the righteous Judge because of His grace and mercy. Therefore, no accusation or condemnation from others can stand against us. In a world filled with uncertainty and a constant search for validation, we find solace and assurance in the scriptures that reveal God's power to declare us righteous.


Romans 3:23-24 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus“ This verse, confront the reality of our human condition; sinners in need of salvation. However, the power of God's justifying grace is revealed through the gift of redemption in Christ Jesus. Regardless of our shortcomings, through His grace, God declares us righteous, not by our own efforts, but through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.


Romans 5:1 "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.“ Through faith, we are justified before God, and as a result, we experience the profound peace that comes from being reconciled to Him. It is not our own merit or accomplishments that bring this peace, but the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. This justifying power of God fills us with an abiding sense of serenity and wholeness in our relationship with Him.


Galatians 2:16 "Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law because by works of the law no one will be justified.“ These verses emphasize the futility of relying on our own efforts to achieve justification before God. No amount of good works or adherence to the law can earn our righteousness. Instead, it is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are justified. God's justifying power transcends human merit, pointing us to the grace and mercy found in Christ alone.


Titus 3:7 "So that being justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.“ Through God's justifying grace, we are not only declared righteous, but we also receive the astounding promise of eternal life. As heirs of this hope, we are embraced by God's loving purposes and granted the assurance of a glorious future in His presence. It is through His grace, not our works, that we find righteousness and peace with Him. May we continually place our faith in Jesus Christ, the redeemer who secures our justification.


4. Christ Our Advocate:

Romans 8:34 "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us“ Jesus, who conquered sin and death, is not distant from us. He is actively interceding on our behalf before the Father. He pleads our cause, advocating for us, and ensuring that no condemnation can separate us from God's love. Jesus actively pleads our cause before God, advocating for us and mediating on our behalf. In our journey of faith, we encounter challenges, struggles, and moments of doubt. Yet, in the midst of it all, we have the assurance that Jesus Christ stands as our Advocate before the Father, interceding on our behalf.


1 John 2:1-2 "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.“ When we stumble and fall into sin, we have Jesus Christ as our Advocate. As the righteous one, He pleads our case before the Father. Furthermore, Christ's sacrificial act on the cross serves as the propitiation, the atoning sacrifice, for our sins. His advocacy brings forgiveness and reconciliation, not only for believers but for all who turn to Him.


Hebrews 7:25 "Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.“ Jesus is not only our Advocate but also our eternal High Priest. He lives to intercede for us continually. No matter how far we may feel from God, Christ's intercession reaches the uttermost depths of our need. His advocacy assures us of salvation and a restored relationship with God when we draw near to Him through faith. The powerful truth that Christ's intercession shields us from condemnation. When accusations arise, Jesus reminds the Father of His sacrifice and our redemption. In Him, we find a powerful advocate who defends and secures our standing before God.


Timothy 2:5-6 "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.“ Christ's role is the mediator between God and humanity. He alone bridges the gap between our sinful nature and the holiness of God. Through His selfless act of giving Himself as a ransom, Jesus secures our access to the Father, representing us as our Advocate and reconciling us to God. Let us rejoice in the truth that we have Christ as our Advocate. He stands before the Father on our behalf, interceding for us with His righteousness and the reminder of His redemptive work. He is our faithful Advocate, guiding us on our journey of faith. God is not only for us but also actively working in our favor. He ensures that we are protected from any condemnation. May we trust in God's unwavering love and rely on His faithful advocacy as we navigate the challenges and trials of life.We are confronted with the profound truth that God is for us, that He justifies us, and that Jesus advocates for us.


Conclusion

Let’s live with confidence, knowing that our Heavenly Father fights our battles, stands as our defender, and secures our eternal well-being. Let us hold fast to the unshakable love of God, remembering that we have an advocate in Christ who never fails us. May this truth anchor us in every circumstance and inspire us to live out our faith boldly, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. God justifies us and declares us righteous. Jesus actively pleads our cause before God, advocating for us and mediating on our behalf. We find great comfort and assurance in knowing that God is not only for us but He also actively and persistently working in our favor. He has provided the ultimate sacrifice and continues to intercede on our behalf, ensuring that we are justified and protected from any condemnation. May we trust in God's unwavering love and rely on His faithful advocacy as we navigate the challenges and trials of life.


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