29 March 2015

Who can ever be against us?

Romans 8 (Really, the whole chapter, but I'm just quoting verse 31. ;) )

"What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is FOR us, who can ever be against us?" (NLT)
That verse, and this song, have been playing tag in my head since last night:

I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the Love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the Love that made a way

~Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave

I just want to keep walking where God leads, no matter how crazy my old self might think it sounds. My faith is growing, day by day, into something I can walk on, no matter what might lie beneath it: enemy territory, raging water, or clear blue sky. Jesus gives me direction, tells me where to place each step to do His work, and the fears that would have constrained and defeated me before have no power now. Scripture is a precious treasure to me, keeping me grounded, and opening up so much more beauty before me every time I crack open the book.

Father God, how I love Your work and Your instruction. You are a Good Father, such a Good God. I rejoice in learning more of You, in the answers You send to my prayers, and in the riches continually poured out for me in Christ. Keep me in Your paths, show me Your ways, and I can't wait to see what You lead me into next, Lord. With all my love, I pray, rejoicing, in Jesus' name, amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!