“For All” – Day One

“For All” – Day One

Scripture: Romans 8:31-35a NLT – What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?  Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.   Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?”

 

Observation: The writer, Paul, shows that God is always with us, he is for us, and will never leave us.

 

Application: It is hard to fathom that the Creator of the universe has a never-ending love for us.  He loves us so much that he even gave his Son, Jesus, to come and die for us so we can stay connected to God.  Jesus didn’t stop there; he is still pleading our case before God every time we fall short, forever keeping that connection between God and us.  It is because of what Jesus has done for us that we are now in right standing or justified with God.  What that means for us is when we find ourselves falling short, God is there to pick us up without condemning us.  There is nothing we can do, there is nothing that anyone can say that could banish us from God.  Even when our enemy displays our bad choices and shortcomings to God, God confidently says “not guilty”.

 

I remember a time in my life when I was living less than God’s best for me.  I remember feeling so ashamed and sorry for myself that I talked myself into believing that God could never forgive me or use me again.  There were people that knew of my shortcomings and agreed that I would never be used by God again, and he would never be with me again.  I remember thinking, “How could I ever make things right with God?”  Saying that I am sorry just didn’t seem enough.  After my pity party ended, I remembered that as a believer in Jesus, I get to live in the grace he has provided me (2 Timothy 1:9).  I realized that I am forgiven and I still have a seat at God’s table.

 

Sometimes our environment makes it easy for us to feel like we don’t deserve to have a relationship with God.  The good news is that this relationship isn’t merit-based, meaning we can’t earn it.  God, through Jesus, paid our debt of sin so that we can boldly pursue our relationship with him. So even on our worst days, God is for us.  When we feel far from him, he still does not withhold anything from us.  What can come against us when God is for us?  The answer is us.  We must make the choice to put down our shame and believe what he says about us and walk in the grace that’s been provided for us.  God fiercely loves us. 

 

Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember that you love me, and you are for me when I fall short.  Help me to remember that I cannot do anything where you would withhold your love for me. I choose to give you my shame and my sin and take your grace.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

Mark McDonald

Journey Worship Area Coordinator

 

Mark McDonald has been serving at The Journey for almost four years.  He currently serves as a Journey Worship Area Coordinator, plays keyboards, and is part of Journey City MSC as a songwriter and producer.

 

 

Going Deeper: 

 

  • Read Ephesians 1:4-8
  • Read Ephesians 2:4-5
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15 Comments
  • Jessica
    Posted at 05:28h, 30 August Reply

    Heading God tell me that even on my worst day, He is still for me, started my week off on the right path.

  • Katie Valetutti
    Posted at 06:06h, 30 August Reply

    Wow! I needed that this morning- thank you Mark! We stand forgiven by the blood of Jesus- praying this freedom FOR ALL!

  • Barbara Harrington
    Posted at 06:26h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you for reminding me of Gods love❤️We sometimes seem to forget that in our daily lives.We have to remember that the enemy has NO seat at our table ! Thank you for our devotion today 💕

  • Jayme Rollo
    Posted at 06:29h, 30 August Reply

    This is such a good reminder for all of us. I am so endlessly grateful for Jesus’s sacrifice keeping us in good-standing with God, as flawed as we are.

  • Court Neil
    Posted at 06:51h, 30 August Reply

    This resonated with me so much, especially this week. I could never fathom giving up a child for anyone, much less for someone I didn’t even know. His love and commitment to us truly runs so deep. How blessed are we?!

  • Chuck Rash
    Posted at 07:10h, 30 August Reply

    I pray this as schools open up again for all the teachers, students and parents. That we all realize there is nothing we can do that we will fall short of His love. Mistakes will be made as we all readjust back to a life we all once knew. He will walk with us through these challenges and guide us a we put the pieces back together and return to a life we all knew not so long ago.

  • Alfred Robert Ceaser
    Posted at 07:22h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you Mark. God is always for us, who can be against us!

  • Sandra Berry
    Posted at 07:30h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you Mark. Such a POWERFUL reminder that God LOVES US SO MUCH. What a joy and peace we have in JESUS. No matter what’s going on around us, we have the assurance that God is with us and is cheering us on to freedom and victory. Wow! THANK YOU JESUS!

  • Cynthia Carroll
    Posted at 08:53h, 30 August Reply

    Amen to this! How often have we fallen for the enemy’s trap, feeling that we weren’t good enough to approach the Lord? Thank you, Mark for this lesson!

  • Cathy Salerni
    Posted at 09:53h, 30 August Reply

    That you for the powerful guidance I needed it this morning!! Having just recently re-dedicating my life to the Lord I was reminded I’m never alone and God’s unconditional love is always with me.

  • Rick Cross
    Posted at 10:25h, 30 August Reply

    This part of today’s devotional stopped me in my tracks: “What can come against [me] when God is for [me]? The answer is [me].”

    Thank you for the reminder.

  • Maryann Taylor
    Posted at 16:10h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you,
    Much needed today as well !

  • Pauline Mwangi
    Posted at 22:09h, 30 August Reply

    I sure needed this, 1st day of a new job and back to school. If God is for us who can be against!

  • Rene McDonald
    Posted at 22:42h, 30 August Reply

    What an AWESOME and TIMELY reminder that the Lord is always with me and will never leave me…….. that there is NOTHING I could ever do to make Him stop loving me….. Thank you, Mark.

  • Lamar Liffridge
    Posted at 04:39h, 31 August Reply

    Thank you for the word Mark. You always bring the word from God all the time

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