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Clergy Corner: God is for us

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Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:10 pm | Updated: 3:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us? That is such an encouraging scripture. Think about it. The God who created the universe, who is king of kings and lord of lords is on your side. He created you. He loves you. He wants what is best for you.

So who is against you? Sometimes it is easy to feel that the whole world is working against you. It’s easy to feel that the cards are just not stacked in your favor.

“I just can’t get ahead with this economy.” Sure there are the daily challenges in this world, but God promised in His word that He would never leave or forsake us. He is right there with us to guide us. That is good news.

The person that we really have to overcome, the person who is really against us, is most often our own self. God gave us a free will and he respects the right He gave us to make our own choices. We may think that we are always acting in our own best interests, but pride, selfishness and weakness often result in choices with bad outcomes.

“With all the processed food, I just can’t loose any weight.” “I don’t have time for God in my life right now.” “I just feel mad all the time.”

You have a free will and nobody can really make you do what you don’t want to. I’m not talking positive thinking here. In Romans 12:2 it says: “ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” God is for us; we renew our mind with the promises in His word and in prayer as we seek His will. We use our free will to purpose in our heart that we are not going to live in fear, we are going to let go of past hurts, we are going to be open to God directed change in our life. We seek God to help us make good choices. We have to decide to let Him lead us. He gave us that free choice.

With a renewed mind focused on Christ, we can overcome our own shortcomings. We overcome the things in our life that have held us back and caused us grief. We overcome our own worst enemy – Ourselves. God is for us. Seek Him. Submit to Him. Walk with Him.

The Rev. Mark Ernst is Lead Pastor of Palm Canyon Assembly which meets at Arbor Rose, 6033 E. Arbor Ave. in Mesa at 10AM Sundays

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