Summary: To get the listener to understand that regardless of your situation or the way things look you are still on the winning side.
THROUGH IT ALL, WE’RE MORE THAN CONQUEROR
In the late fifties and early sixties, an era that many of you do not know about. The Timex watch people aired a commercial with their product going through a battery of abusive situations. The watch was dropped from buildings, beaten with hammers, and rolled over by cars and trucks, and to the amazement of all of us, after enduring such abuse, the watch although partly destroyed remained working and because of this, the Timex Watch people penned the phrase; “Timex watch, it takes a licking’ but it keeps on ticking’.” Likewise as we look at this text nestled in this eighth chapter of Romans, we will see yet another that is targeted to be abused and in some cases killed. They are the Believers. But when the final chapter is written we will be the conqueror that made in through hard trials and tribulations. In fact Paul quotes from Psalms 44 verse 22, “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” Then he gave us endearing hope in verse 37 when he said “Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
My brothers and sister, it is my desire to encourage you, even while you might be in the midst of going through. I come to let you know that through it all. Through high gas prices. Through it all. Through all your disappointments. Through it all. Through high medicine, food and housing bills. YOU CAN make it, because you are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loves us.
Do I have any Conquerors in the house?
First of all. . .
1. WE NEED TO HAVE A REALITY CHECK (V.35)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
First, we must realize that no one or thing can separate us from the love of our Lord. Many times people interpret this text as if nothing or no one can separate Christ from their love, but that is not what this text means. It means that your mean disposition, your worst sin, your home girl, your Aunt Maggie and Uncle Bubba cannot separate you from the love of Christ. Now not only did Love die for us but He also freed us from the guilt of sin. There are people that feel that they are too this that and the other, and the Lord does not want any dealings with them, this my brothers and sisters is far from the truth. Again just like it was said in last weeks message, that we have the ability to choose the coarse that we take. We can either choose to follow Jesus or choose not to. In this case we can choose to be set free from the guilt of sin or we can continue in it. But I hope that you will understand that there is no circumstance, no situation, no event that can cause Christ to turn away from us. No matter how terrible or severe the situation, it cannot separate the true believer from the love of Christ. Christ loves the believer regardless of the circumstance, and He longs to be the Believers reconciliation. So, the reality of it all is that there is nothing that can stand in the way of Jesus’ love for us.
Secondly there is the reality that. . .