“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
“I will declare the decree: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7
The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You. The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” ( Hey this verse reminds me of the statue in Daniel – the feet being a mixture – clay and iron- and the rock cut from the mountain that would crush it to pieces)Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:4-12
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! Proverbs 30:4
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.1 John 5:13 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass Revelation 2:18: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:19
Immanuel : God with us
Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
”So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us. Matthew 1:23
WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this Isaiah 9:6-7
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Matthew 28:18
He shall be called the BRANCH
“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the LORD; Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.Isaiah 11:1 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth .Jeremiah 23:5 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth Jeremiah 33:15 Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH Zechariah 3:8 Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying: “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the LORD; Zechariah 6:12
He holds the Keys to the house of David
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open Isaiah 22:22“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Revelation 3:7
He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:6 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? Hebrews 6:20 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:15
In Bethlehem, a Ruler shall come forth who will shepherd my people Israel
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2
“In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel. Matthew 2:6 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
A New Covenant
“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Jeremiah 31:31-34
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you Luke 22:20
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6
But when God found fault with the people, he said:“The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant,so I turned my back on them, says the Lord.But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already. Hebrews 8:8-11
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.Now when someone leaves a will it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.”And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9
Darkness fell on the land at noon:
Amos 8:9 “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Mark 15:33 Matthew 27:45 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon Luke 23:44
“Passion for your house has consumed me”
Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me When I weep and fast, they scoff at me. When I dress in burlap to show sorrow, they make fun of me. I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me. Psalm 69:9
In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” John 2:17
He was pierced for our transgressions
They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. Zechariah 12:10
Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned,he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Matthew 27:35 It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. Hebrews 6:6 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death Ephesians 2:16. But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Galatians 3:13
Revelation 1:7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced John 19:33-36
They divided his clothes and threw dice
They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. Psalm 22:18 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece. Mark 15:24 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Luke 23:34 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did. John 19:24
Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Psalm 40
This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls Jeremiah 6:16
We are told to stop and consider the paths ahead of us, then we are to ask which way to go. Here lies the problem, we often follow the dictates of our own hearts and not according to Gods’ ways or God’s Word. The bible says the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it? In the book of Jeremiah, God saw that the people were following the dictates of their own hearts, according to what they thought was right, but it wasn’t. They had followed customs of other nations in worshiping idols, and other horrible things while they still continued in their ceremonies in God’s holy temple. They were repeatedly warned but refused to obey, their hearts became dull and they no longer had the wisdom and understanding to go the right way. They stumbled from the ancient paths , refusing to listen .(Jer 18:15). Finally God said enough, “I’m tired of always giving you another chance” ( Jer 15:6, 13:10,9:14,11:8)
There is a way that seems right to us, but it’s end is death (prov 14:12)
Just because we think something is right, doesn’t make it right. Our paths should be of holiness and uprightness with the fear of the Lord, He leads us in right paths . We may get knocked down nor held back (see struggles of Paul, Moses, David, etc) but we keep on , running the race to win. Especially those who are working for the Lord, it may seem as is your work is in vain, but God’s word never comes back void, it prospers where it goes (Is 55. Prov 30:24, 14:2)
Psalms 1 warns us not to walk with the ungoldly or sit with scorners or enter the path of the wicked. We are not to travel that way, we are instructed to turn and pass on. Meditate on God’s word , receive His instructions and the years of your life will be many. He will teach you in the way of wisdom, He will lead you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered. and when you run, you will not stumble. Take a firm hold of instruction and do not let go. She is your life. (prov 4:10-15) Never let it go.
“people ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord” Prov 19:3
Do not let wisdom, understanding and discretion depart from your eyes, they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck . You will walk safely and God will help you and guide you. Lay aside the sins that hold us back and try to keep you bound, the sins that ensnare you. You must control and master sin, you cannot let sin control you. So search out and examine your ways, turn back to God. We ought to walk in a way that pleases God, His will for you is to be Holy. Stop for a moment to consider your ways – are they holy? my words, my actions, where I go? who I hang out with? what I read? things I watch? my thoughts? music? God has called you to live holy lives, not impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by God’s word is rejecting God. You must control your own body…. and your thoughts. Live in holiness and honor, not a life of lustful passions. Are you seeking great things for yourself? God asked Jeremiah’s scribe this question and God said, ” Well, don’t”. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. We are also to help others find their way back to the path- gently and humbly, being careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. In Ezekiel, God told him when the watchman sees destruction ahead, he must warn the people, if he doesn’t the watchman will be responsible- their blood on his head (Pro3:19-26, Heb 12:1-2, Lam 3:40, 1 Thes 4:1, Mark 9:35. Ps 1, gal 6:1, Ez 3 )
I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay to keep your commands Prv 19-59-60
It is the Lord who makes our way perfect and it is God who arms us with strength. He teaches sinners in the way and guides us in justice. All the paths of the Lord are true and right and we live by walking in them. You have a choice, you know God wants you to be Holy and Jesus said we are to be perfect as He is perfect. Yet our churches proclaim “no perfect people” and yes, I understand what they are saying, who doesn’t, but that is not scriptural, in fact it’s the opposite. He is making you perfect and will guide you on the path of holiness – not self righteousness rooted in pride, but changing us day by day to be more like Him. If you want to stay on God’s path, read His word, meditate on scripture, build your faith up, spend time in prayer, grow closer to Him each day. People love to hear these words and listen as if it’s a sweet melody, but don’t obey, they turn away and continue on in lives without changing. God told Ezekiel the people are hearers but not doers. It does no good to hear and not obey, just as faith without works is dead, as the body is dead without spirit, so is reading God’s truth and not applying it to your life. You can only enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate, The highway hell is broad and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. Will you take the narrow path that takes effort or will you follow the wide path that all the world follows? (John 14:6, Matthew 7:13-14, Ps 18:32, Ps 2:8-11)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways (IN ALL YOUR WAYS) Acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones. Prov 3:5-8
What have I learned?
I must consider and examine my ways
Ask God which way I should go
Trust Him in all my ways and be confident He will direct me
understand that my ways may not be God’s ways
don’t follow the dictates of my own heart
Align my life with God’s word
Don’t be selfish
help others that have backslidden
Don’t give up, run the race to win
Don’t let instructions go, they are your life
Don’t walk with sinners
Get rid of the sin that ensnares you and holds you back
Live a life that pleases God
Control your own body, your tongue and your thoughts
Delight in the Lord
God will make your way perfect, He is your strength
He leads sinners in the way
when you walk, you won’t be hindered
when you run, you won’t stumble,
when you lie down, you won’t be afraid
There is only ONE way to God the Father . Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except by me”
Sometimes we just don’t know which way to go, but trust God in all your ways. There are instances in the bible were God’s people took a wrong turn, but the Lord fixed it. Examples – when Abraham allowed Pharaoh to take Sarah, when Joseph’s brothers sold him, when David took Bethsheba, when Abigail went against her husband and brought the king food, when Sampson disobeyed his parents- in all this, God’s will always prevails. Walk with Him, and you are on the right path.
Isaiah 30: 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
My last post mentioned examples in the bible about what comes around goes around, but when I wrote that, my objective was to assure you that God will one day take care of the wicked. I certainly didn’t mean that every bad thing that happens in life is because of a wrong we committed. We see this clearly in the scriptures; in the book of Job, the prophets of the old testament and the life and adventures of the apostles who preached the Word of God. If that doesn’t convince you, look at what Jesus went through. He committed no sin, but took the punishment we all deserved.
Why to bad things happen? We live in a fallen world Maybe there is no reason – Abel’s death- because his brother was jealous of him They were too good for this world – Proverbs ( when the young die) Maybe its a test- remember David and the census To save your soul… think about that There is an unseen army against us – Eph 6, travels of Paul, Job So we know how to comfort others (2 Cor 1) – training
King Solomon said sorrow is better than laughter , which is initially difficult to understand at the time, but it is in those deep dark times that we are often drawn in closer to the Lord- these moments/ hardships can make us better or bitter. It’s true that we reap what we sow, which I fully had scripture to back up in my last post, but I don’t think that every wrong, trouble and problem that hits a follower of Christ is a payback. We see this truth in scripture as well.
Consider the trials of the apostles : (1 Cor 4)
“Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.
God comforts us is those times, and in turn we know how to comfort others. I think the verse below is amazing: (2 Cor 1)
” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies and Comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort others who are in trouble“
I wanted to share some great scripture and truths from 2 Corinthians 1. Here are some things that jumped out at me today from this chapter: -He comforts us -He delivers us – He delivers us now and will deliver us in the future -He raises us up -He establishes us together in Christ -He anoints us -He seals us -He gives us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee
These promises and all the promises of God are YES AND AMEN in Christ Jesus.
I loved every word of this chapter today, spend time reading, thinking and meditating on this chapter 2 Cor 1
King Solomon told us there is a time for everything, a time to build up, a time to tear down, a time to mourn , a time to rejoice….. Have hope in the Lord, He will get you through and as Paul said, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He has you in His hands, He will guide you, lift you up and He will comfort you.
Romans 5 tells us to rejoice in our trials, and also that it is a step in our growth process to holiness, consider the verse “ we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Trials produce endurance in us This endurance produces character This character produces hope This hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8