My desire is to grapple together here over how well off we are with God through Christ,
and to live from His opinion of us.
I'm a fairly new Christian, so your post is puzzling me. What is a banner verse and is the amazing part is that out of whole bible they picked this verse to cling to?
Ralph, it's funny you should say this. When I first became a christian, OH the joy that filled my soul. Then I started going to a church (I will not say what one), I had a hard time with all the talk about heaven and how great it will be there, and also what to do and what not to do, to make sure you make it in! They didn't talk much about the love of God and his grace, mostly how to make it in and how easy it is to fall away. Finally I needed some help. So I went to the Asst.Pastor and said; what's the point of living? It's all wind and pointless. I had no joy to live in this life with all the evil, being tried by fire, trials and tribulations, led to the slauter and tests of my faith, then if maby I have Gods favor on me, a miracle now and then. I said if heaven's going to be so wonderful, I want to go NOW! I knew killing myself to get there wouldn't be right, but how do I live with any joy to carry on day to day? If all we are here for is to sacrifice ourselfs and to be tested, tried by fire, and led to the slauter whats the point? He really could not answer me. Until I studied and learned of the GREAT LOVE and GRACE of GOD IN US NOW and ALWAYS WITH ME, did I truly have understanding and any hope of joy here in this life til he comes. Finally I got it! He's my daddy, ABBA Father, friend, defender, vendicator, protector, and my peace, grace, love, wisdom and rest, with me and IN ME NOW, and by my side always, his hand in mine. I still can't wait to be with him face to face. But Now I know he's right here with me and in me forever, and if he is with me, who can be against me? Nothing shall ever separate me from him. I am his and he is mine. I give him all that I am and all that I am not. The working on the all that I am not part is in his hands not mine. I got it! Thanks Ralph!
I'll write more in a little bit, but for now--it's all about how God has set us up for love!
I so appreciate your comments, everyone. And Connie, have a look at what I posted just now, on Saturday at about 4:45pm.