If you aren't sure if God loves you, you need to read this section of Scripture. If you aren't sure if God is on your side, you need to read this section of Scripture. If God feels more like a fiend than a friend, you need to read this section. If you feel like God isn't good and you're growing bitter, you need to know this section of Scripture. Paul demonstrates to us the truth that God does in fact love us. Romans 5:6-11
These days we hear a lot about the power of faith that can move mountains, that can heal the sick, that can make us abundantly rich and wealthy. But is that really what God means when he talks about the power of faith? Does faith have an inherent power if only we believe strongly enough? Does my lack of healing or riches mean that my faith is weak? In this section, Paul helps us understand us understand the true nature of faith’s power and in so doing takes us outside of our faith to the God who alone is able to do what he promised. Romans 4:18-25
“I am so eager to preach the gospel to you.” Those were Paul’s sentiments to the Romans whom he had never met, but whom he longed to visit so that he might preach the gospel to them. But before he even visited them or met them face to face he launched into this beautiful letter to them detailing the gospel about Jesus. He was not ashamed because it is that very gospel – whether preached face to face or through a letter – that would save them. We also are very eager to unpack these powerful, saving words of God given through Paul because it is through these words that we too are saved. Romans 1:15-17.
We sometimes act like lambs to the slaughter, defeated, deflated and discouraged. And that’s the way that the world sees us too. Christians are sheep. They just go without thinking. They just follow blindly. They just believe as if they had no brain. At least that’s the thought process and the accusation. But we’re not at all. Not even close. We are lions roaring with a confidence that doesn’t come from inside us. We are lions roaring with a victory that isn’t ours. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave himself for us. Romans 8:31-39