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Summary: Romans 8: 28-30 shares with us at least two truths: 1. Our bad things, which are bad things, work together for good, AND 2, Our good things cannot be lost.

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If you are a follower of the Christ, ...... you know.... .....that your life should be filled .... Filled with joy.

You probably also know ...... that you should experience joy ..... in spite of .... circumstances.

The Scriptures clearly teach us.... that the joy of the Lord ..... is our strength.

And that joy ......is present .... no matter ..... the circumstances.

A Joy ... that if properly nourished ...and properly nurtured, ....can overwhelm ... the greatest grief.

When Jesus prays to the Father in the Gospels: (John 17:13),

He says, .....I pray that..... "they may have the full measure of my joy.... within them."

And in the proceeding Chapter, he says to his disciples, "You will Rejoice. And no one will take away ....your joy" (16:22).

No one ..... No person... No thing ....can take away ....your Joy!

Beloved..... What a Promise!

Jesus is speaking these words to his disciples, ..... who are going to be .....persecuted.

They are going to be robbed ....of everything they own, ....tortured, .....and put to death.

Yet Jesus promises to give them A joy ..... A joy that will withstand ......all of that.

Nothing.....not disease ..... persecution..... alienation .....loneliness ..... torture or even death..... will be able to take this gift of Joy ....away from them.

Do you have that kind of joy?

Are you experiencing ... that kind of Joy?

You should be..... You can be!

In Romans 8 Paul speaks about living..... in a suffering world.

He speaks of A world ... that is marked by brokenness ..... trouble ..... persecution and .....how His followers are to live..... in such a world.

Then ....In Romans 8:28 thru 30...... Paul offers two major principles .....for finding joy ..... in a suffering world.

Paul tells us that if we follow Christ, ...... (1 Finger) our bad things ......which are bad things .... Work together for good, (2 Fingers) and our good things .... cannot be lost. REPEAT

Beloved.....Those are ... reasons for our joy.

(One Finger) First Principal.... Our bad things which are bad things....work together for good.

Romans 8:28 says: "We know that all things ..... work together for good .....for those who love him,..."

The Scripture speaks to.......All Things.

All Things.....The Good... The Bad .... The Ugly.

All things happen to followers of the Christ.

All Things happen to those who love him.

Remember ....Your Father who is in heaven .....makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, ......and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Circumstances ..... that befall a believer ....are no worse ..... and are no better ..... than they are.... for anyone else.

It is extremely important for us to understand this if we are going to fully experience ..... His relentless ....and unwavering... joy.

Terrible things happen.... Ugly things happen ..... Even to those ..... who are in Christ.... Who love God.

Many Christians explicitly teach......and sadly most Western Christians implicitly believe....... That if you love and serve God, .....then you will not have as many bad things happen to you.... As those ..... who are non-Christians.


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Sara Brown

commented on Nov 27, 2014

ALL things!! Someone I know says he always circles that word "all" in his Bible. This was a good word. I enjoyed hearing it when I did!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Dec 6, 2014

May the Holy Spirit continually move in your life. Blessings In Christ Jeff

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