We opened the show today with a powerful section of scripture from Romans 8:31-35…
 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

That was the perfect way to open our show today, being that we are talking about our response to the various situations that life throws at us.

God is for us, and NOTHING can ever stop us. God is fighting our every battle and we can stay confident because trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword have no power in the face of our all-powerful God.

We talked about how we should respond to victories in our lives, and that is with a spirit of thankfulness and love because we know that God is walking side by side with us through whatever we’re going through and that He has already won the war.
And we are also thankful that God not only gives us salvation, but He equips us with everything that we need to fight any battle that we may face in our lives.
Check out Ephesians 6:11-17…
“11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

We also talked about how to respond to the defeats in our lives.
It’s disheartening to think that the enemy wins some battles, but it does happen. We can take heart because Jesus is fighting for us. He is fighting every battle along side us and He has already won the war.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 So whatever you’re going through right now, whatever mountain you’re facing, whatever Goliath is in front of you, whatever defeat you are experiencing, whatever challenges are plaguing you right now, let your response be love. Love toward God because He is fighting fervently for you! God is going before us and making our paths straight! He is walking along side us through the valley of the shadow of death, so our response simply should be love for Him, because that is God’s response toward us, even in the midst of our sin.

Thanks for listening!
Have a great night, and enjoy this nice weather!
-Lilly

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