Loving God with all of our heart!

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Yehoshua / Jesus our Lord.

Paul poses a really good question here, He wants us to consider what it is like to have God with us, and to realize the power in that.

He says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against  us?

We need to ask ourselves, is God really for us? And if he is who is it that is coming against us? And if Abba God weighs in, how can they do any harm to us?

But to fully appreciate what is being said here, we have to deal with the first Question first, “If God is for us.”!

I cannot begin to count the times I have heard it preached, “God Loves You” and how much He loves us. And this is a true statement. If He didn’t love us and want us near to Him, He not only wouldn’t have sent His Son to die, but He would not have given us His Word, the Commandments.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  
(Vs 32-34)

Yes, Amen! Look what he has done for our sake, to bring us near to Him and to cover us with His wings. He wants to protect us from the evil lurking all around us in this world. He wants to provide for us.

And he asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Vs 35)

How can death infringe on eternal life? it cannot! So, although we may be killed, or starved, or persecuted, we have a life beyond this one to which we cling.

As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 

We need to know that our lives in this world count for nothing, we are expendable, because we are strangers to this world, we no longer belong here. For our home is with YHVH God, not here!

“I go to prepare a place for you. 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  
(John 14:2,3)

When we come to Him broken, He puts us back together and makes a home for us, not of this world, but in heaven.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Yehoshua / Jesus our Lord.”
(Vs 37-39)

Here Is where the apostle Paul tells us where the rubber meets the road, because of love, our lives will be used to put forward the Kingdom of Elohim in this world. We are conquerors, because of this love between us, and nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death.

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14, 15)

Death has no hold on us!

But here is where we need to be circumspect, with regard to that love bond, between us and our Lord and King. Yes, we are told repeatedly about the love of YHVH God, but how often are we told of how we are to return His love.

Very few Preacher’s, or Evangelist’s, will bother to tell us this truth, because they don’t want you to know anything but grace. Thinking that will seal the deal. But it’s not all their fault, they have been seduced into the same mindset as they preach.

Even though they know full well that Christ gave us the way to love both Him, and the Father.

Yehoshua said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

And immediately before this He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
(John 14:15-17)

The promise of the Holy Spirit comes with our obedience to His Law, according to Yehoshua Himself. This is what seals the love relationship between ourselves and Yehoshua, because it is the Love of God that we keep His Commandments.

1st John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 

All I am saying, is that before we go off full tilt, saying that we are living covered by the love of God, perhaps we should examine ourselves to see that we are also are fully in love with Christ and capable of returning His love to Him and to others.

Did he not say that this is the essence of His Commandments? Love!

He said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37-40)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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