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(24 April 2017)

I planned to write a post filled with encouraging words to lift you up and brighten your day.

But what to write? 

What words could I possibly write to touch the heart of each reader and help them look to the future with hope?

So I turned my attention to the Word of God. I mean, what better place to look for encouraging words to fill us with faith and hope?

The Word is filled with God's promises, and each one encourages us to keep our eyes on Him and to trust Him to do exactly what He has promised to do.

That sort of leaves me with a new dilemma - which words from the Word do I choose to encourage you?

Then I thought about the last verses in Romans 8.

Can I find better words to write to you this morning?

Just read what it says: "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? 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 8:31-39).

I don't know what you are facing today. Your day might be filled with sunshine and laughter, or it might seem all gloomy and dark to you.

But regardless of what you are facing, remember this:

God is for you.

He gave His Son for you and with Him, He will give you everything else you need.

God Himself gave you right standing with Him, so you are at peace with Him and no one can take it away from you and condemn you.

And.... there is nothing, absolutely nothing - not even that big, scary thing you are facing right now - that can separate you from the love of God.

He loves you unconditionally and for all eternity.

So take this moment to just rest in Him and in His love for you. Allow Him to fill you with His peace. Let the Holy Spirit comfort you and encourage you with these awesome truths from the Word.

May you have a blessed Monday!