ROMANS 8 b …In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. R o 8 : 3 7 b Theme God’s promises are constantly experienced through His amazing acts of love. Felt a Little Pressure In Your Life Lately? Has the unexpected got You worried about your future? Has your past started to catch up with you? Anxious? Do you find it hard to trust God when circumstances distract you? 1. God Promises To Get Us Through Stuff Because… He Loves Us and Our Inheritance Proves It. 17 …we are heirs--heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 2a. God Promises An Incredible Future Because… He loves us and our transformation proves it 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 …creation was subjected to frustration… 21 …creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay… 2b. God Promises An Incredible Future Because… He loves us and our transformation proves it 22 …the whole creation has been groaning 23 …we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 …we wait for it patiently. 3. God Promises That He Will Hear Us Because… He loves us and His Always Active Spirit In Us Proves It 26 …The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. 4. God Promises That Things Will Work Out For The Best Because… He loves us and Has A Purpose and Plan for Each of Us That Proves It 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 5a. God Promises That He Will Defend Us When Under Attack Because… He loves us and Jesus Constantly Defending Us Proves It 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 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? 34 Who is he that condemns? 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. 5b. God Promises That He Will Defend Us When Under Attack Because… He loves us and Jesus Constantly Defending Us Proves It 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Summary: God’s Love Is Invincible! (verses 38,39) For I am convinced that… 1. Neither death nor life, If I am “dead” I will still experience His love, “Life” never gets in the way of His love 2. Neither angels nor demons Angels can’t get between me and His love and neither can demons 3. Neither the present nor the future Nothing in the past will do it and neither will the stuff in the future 4. Nor any powers IRS NSA CIA MI6 KKK FBI AFL-CIO CDC ACLU NEA UN or the GOP 5. Neither height nor depth One million light years away or the inside of an atom 6. Nor anything else in all creation Nor any created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing can put up a barrier that can keep us from experiencing God’s Unconditional love. IF you are in HIM. Our Challenge… Accept His Love. Trust His Love. Experience His Love.