What can separate us from the love of Christ? What things can be done to us to cause us to fall out of favor with Jesus Christ? What can the enemy do to us that will make our status with the Lord void? Easy question, absolutely nothing! Doesn’t always feel like that though, does it?
I think we often find ourselves feeling unworthy, feeling like there is no coming back from the things we’ve done. The enemy will attack us, and more often than not, he will win the battles against us. Here is the good news, while some battles may be lost with us, Jesus Christ has already won the war. Victory is won. We don’t have to count our skirmishes with the enemy, even those that rough is up pretty good, as anything worth noting. We simply lay the lost battle at the feet of Jesus, accept His forgiveness, and continue fighting the good fight.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 KJV)
Because we follow Jesus, we will be attacked. We are counted as sheep for the slaughter, that is, we will deal with some ferocious attacks because of whom we serve. We are killed all the day long, that is, we are brought under the sword on a regular basis, simply for whom we serve. There is a guarantee we will be persecuted for our faith.
Here is the beautiful part, we are MORE than conquerors through Christ. The victory is already one, so the need for conquering is over. We are engaging the enemy from a place where he is already conquered. Think about that, the goal is not to defeat the enemy, but to only remain steadfast in our faith. We don’t have to throw a single blow towards the enemy, simply stand firmly on the promises of God.
This scripture concludes with the affirmation that there is nothing that can come between us and Jeus Christ. Equipped with this knowledge, we can go into battle with the enemy with our heart and mind focused on the right things. We can stand firm on that solid rock, that cornerstone, that saving grace in Christ Jesus.