WINNING

No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. – Rom. 8:37

My son’s varsity basketball team had a game the night that Texas A&M played in the Cotton Bowl this year, so we couldn’t watch it live. Clay decided to record it so we could watch it later. Now, the only way we were going to watch that game later without knowing who won it is if we stayed off all forms of social media and didn’t talk to anyone else at that varsity basketball game who was following the Cotton Bowl on their smart phones. That didn’t happen.

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl-Texas A&M vs OklahomaIt’s a lot different watching a game when you know the outcome. Those Sooners could go ahead and boomer all they wanted in the first half, and we just laughed and kept eating Cheez Doodles. We weren’t worried one bit about that 14-13 halftime score when we already knew the final was a 41-13 blowout.

Life is like that. You live differently when you know the outcome. You face Mondays with confidence and joy because you know that God has the whole week in His hands. You look at difficult circumstances and changes and conflict with hope, because you know that God is at work. You keep your head up and trust when things look grim, because you know the final score.

Paul said it best:

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers,height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Romans 8:28-39

In other words, we’re WINNING!

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