Dearly Loved

You ever have those daily struggles? You know the ones where Satan likes to tempt you with that wrong thought at exactly the right time. That eating disorder that continues to creep up. That pornography addiction that grips you while you’re surfing twitter. That feeling that you’re not good enough or worthy enough or pretty enough. You know your struggles. Paul had them too. He talks about them in Romans 7:15

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”

Those things that you hate that you do. Those things that you do not understand why you continue to struggle with them. Do you ever feel like you are not worthy of God’s love because of your struggles? I get it. We all have our struggles and Satan loves to remind us that because of our struggles God can’t possibly love us anymore. And we buy into those lies. So this week, when Satan whispers into your ear that God couldn’t possibly love you with your struggles, just remind him of this.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35

Shall trials, distress, addictions, mistakes, or failures separate you from the love of Christ? NO! Your failures do not define you. Your identity is in Christ and he reminds us that nothing can separate us from that. In fact, just two verses later we are reminded,

“Yet in ALL these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Romans 8:37

Yet in all our failures. In all our mistakes. We are more than conquerors through Christ.

“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.” Romans 8:38-39

So in the midst of all the lies from the enemy this week. Remember, that in all these things we are more than conquerors and like this song from Jimmy Needham, You are Dearly Loved.

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