Daily Devotion: The best “No” we can ever receive

What are those things that come to mind that seem to separate us from God or diminish our relationship with Him?

What do we feel disqualifies us or makes us unworthy of His love?

What is it that tells you that you aren’t good enough and don’t deserve His blessings?

If someone were to ask you,

“Why do you think God’s favor isn’t on you right now?”

What would you say?

If you have believed the simple gospel, you are in Christ. In Him, anything you can think of, whatever it is that comes to your mind that you think separates you from Him or limits your relationship with Him, God says to those reasons,

“No”

No, they do not separate you from His love. No, they cannot disqualify you from His favor. They are not powerful enough to condemn you.

Christ has qualified you. He has made you worthy. He was redeemed you and made you righteous, His work is stronger than anything you or anyone else could do against it.

Bring to mind every thought you have that would seem to put a wedge between you and God and declare this scripture over it,

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1  

Think of every reason you can, your past sins and failures, your fears and inadequacies, the ways in which you don’t live up to what you think you ought and place them one by one before this scripture. Let the Word of God strike them down and God tell you “No, that does not keep my love from you or diminish my affection towards you.”

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

‘For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:31-39

Outside of Christ there is nothing that can qualify us before God. In Christ there is nothing that can disqualify us.

The gospel is simple. It can be understood and believed by a child and yet is more powerful than all the schemes of hell. It’s simplicity and power speaks to the glory of God (Luke 10:21).

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