Sin and Separation

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 8:35-39

       We will sin, and our mistakes and sin at times can get us down. However, what we do with the sin and how we handle the situation counts the most. What we choose to do shows Who we follow. True repentance means we will do everything in our power to stop the sin, or should I say we do everything in our power to allow God to use His power to stop the sin. We ask His forgiveness and forgiveness from others if we need to, and then turn our circumstances over to Him.

 

Ultimately, sin proves we are not perfect. Mistakes also keep us humble so we never believe or feel we have to be perfect for anyone, especially God. We are human, and we will stumble and fall. However, God sees everything that has happened and everything that will happen, and yet He still chooses you and me to be His children. God loves us more than we can understand, and nothing can separate us from Him and from His great love for us.

 

Spiritual warfare is real. Like a street fight, sometimes we will get knocked down or will fall down. But it is most important to get back up right away and always keep fighting. Trials are real and will continue throughout our lives. They refine us and can make us stronger if we let them. We must remember, however, through every trial what Romans 8:28 declares: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God knows what He is doing in our lives, even in the midst of our sin, and He can turn all situations around for our good.

 

Today’s Prayer: Lord, thank You for choosing me. I am honored to be called Your child. I am humbled that in all my sin, You would reach down Your hand and pull me up to be with You. Thank you for staying by me, even when I might try and pull away. Lift me up when I stumble and raise my face to You. Today please keep Your truth flowing through my mind and my spirit. Also, keep my body and spirit strong for whatever spiritual battle I may face. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Nicki Pacheco

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