Apr 04, 2021 |Easter 2021
More Than Conquerors
04.04.21 | Easter 2021
More Than Conquerors
The pain of this world is very real, but suffering is not the end. Do you realize you are not alone in your pain? This Easter, Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen reminds us that God is weaving something beautiful out of the chaos of this world. It is God’s response to our suffering that shows how much He cares. In your greatest suffering, God looks at you and He gives up His son for you.
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.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
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.”
You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
You have made us a byword among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads at us.
I live in disgrace all day long,
and my face is covered with shame
at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.
All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
you covered us over with deep darkness.
If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?
We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.
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.
It’s Easter week! Describe the significance of the resurrection of Jesus in the world and in your own life. When emotions do you experience as you consider God’s grace and the sacrificial suffering of Jesus?
Read Romans 8:31-39. What stands out to you in this passage? What encourages you? What truth would you most like to remember?
How could affliction, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword threaten to separate us from the love of Christ? In what sense are we “more than conquerers” in the face of trials like these?
Take some time to pray as a Life Group to thank and praise God for His generosity and mercy in your lives.
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