People in today's world are insecure for many reasons, and rightly so in most cases. People have been abandoned as children, deserted by mates, victimized on the streets and some have been the object of terrorist attacks. Schools, Churches, Shopping Malls and even Military Bases have been the scene of carnage from mass murderers. With the constant threat of nuclear bombs going off in different parts of the world, insecurity is an international problem.
In the midst of this dire problem, there is a place of security for all who will enter in. Solomon said, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe", Proverbs 18:10. The word "safe" here means "inaccessible". Apostle Paul taught us that this safe place was "In Christ". Writing to the Romans, Paul shared three aspects of the security provided for us by our relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. The following passage reveals these three "faith builders" in great clarity.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"Romans 8:31-35
There is NO SHORTAGE. "....how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" There is no reason to be insecure when it comes to provision in spirit, soul or body; God has told us He will not withhold any need from us. We needed a Redeemer and Father God did not withhold, even when it meant sending His Only Begotten Son. This is the clearest statement of God's willingness to meet every need of our lives in every area of our lives. We can "rest assured" it will be done according to His promise. We should develop an "abundance mentality" and never entertain an "attitude of lack" which rests securely on the Word of God.
There is NO SHAME. "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect?" God has justified us; there is no need to be insecure in our acceptance by Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ we have been declared "not guilty" by the Judge of all the Earth, so who can bring a charge against us that will hold up in God's court. Paul said, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God..", by this he meant we are secure in our relationship with Him, we need not fear rejection while we live by faith in the finished work of Christ. This kind of assurance is the atmosphere in which great faith is developed like we see demonstrated in the life of Christ who said at the Tomb of Lazarus, "Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and that thou hearest me always". No condemnation here but a consciousness of being totally right with God and confident of being heard by Him.
There is NO SEPARATION. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" There are many people, things and demons that seek to separate the vital relationships of our lives and cause us to doubt the love of others. Paul says that even though we may be experiencing troubles and distresses of many types, none of these things indicate that God's love for us has changed. Satan tells us that "God doesn't care, or even love us" when we are going through hardships in our lives. On the contrary, our loving Christ shares the pain with us as we bump up against the evils of this world in our daily lives. God's love for us never changes simply because God is Love, He loves us not because of something in us that incites that love, but because of Who He is. God's love is always radiating out from Him to us regardless of the circumstances we may find ourselves in. It is when we believe in His love for us that faith arises in our hearts to trust for His deliverance.
These are some of the apostolic truths needing to be instilled in the hearts of today's believers who must live in uncertain times and advance theKingdomofGodin the Earth.
Dr. John Polis © 2012