December 09, 2013

Mighty God and Our Enemies

Romans 8:31-39

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 15:57


Lightning flashed, thunder boomed, and a tree came crashing down. My granddaughter came running and climbed into my lap. In her eyes I was big strong Papa, and she felt safe. I knew there was little I could do in the face of the storm, but I also know the source of our ultimate security, Mighty God.

What are the threats to our ultimate security? Today’s Scripture runs through a frightening litany of adversaries. It surveys the full scope of our lives past, present, and future and declares that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus. Declaring that we are not just conquerors, but even more than conquerors, this passage encourages us not only to face physical dangers but also the entire spiritual realm.

We can claim that because Jesus came and defeated our ene-mies, death for the child of God has been “swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). Satan and his forces lost the decisive battle and will be defeated (Revelation 19). The cost of my sin has been paid, and I have eternal life (John 3). Jesus is making me and all things new (2 Corinthians 5).

Mighty God has defeated my enemies, and I am secure. He is in control, and I belong to him.

“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Mighty God, thank you for defeating all our enemies and giving us the victory. We are secure in your loving arms. Amen!

About the author — Calvin Aardsma

Calvin Aardsma has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He has served churches in Indiana, Oregon, and the Chicago area. Currently, he is a pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. He also serves on the board of the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Cal and his wife, Sandy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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