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If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
God is 100% for you today. He isn’t 99% for you and 1% against you. He is 100% totally for you. He is 100% committed to your good and your spiritual success.
If the almighty God is for you, can anything be against you? I mean, seriously, think about it. The one who created the universe is on your team and has put his power on your side.
Is there anything that can stand before the force of God on your side? Is there any sin that won’t be overcome, any trial that will defeat you? Is there any broken relationship or source of heartache that God can’t use for your good? No! Even my own sins and failures can’t stop God from making me more like Christ.
What is standing against you today? Do you believe that God is 100% for you?
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Today, our words have the potential to do one of two incredible things.
Our words can corrupt others. Like an infectious disease, our grumbling, or slandering, or gossiping, or cursing, have the real potential to corrupt others within the body of Christ. My words can lead others to think less of God and less of others.
Or, our words can be a channel through which people experience the grace of God. If we speak words of encouragement and exhortation that build others up, people really will experience the grace of God. They will encounter God through our words.
Today I want my words to be a channel of grace, don’t you?
- What does corrupting talk look like? When you hear corrupting talk, how does it affect you?
- When have you found yourself most encouraged by the words of someone else?
And the Lord said to Paul l one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. (AC 18.9-11)
Election and evangelism work together. God had chosen many in Corinth – he called them “my people” – though they were not yet saved. Because they were elect, God told Paul not to fear but keep proclaiming the gospel. Far from producing apathy, God’s sovereignty fueled Paul’s evangelism.
God has people all around us that he sees as saved. Let’s go on speaking and not be silent.