Message for January 21, 2024 from Pastor Shirley

God kind of Love: Living Overcoming Victory Everyday 
 Psalm 108:4  “God’s love goes higher than the heavens and his faithfulness reaches to the clouds”.                                                 Romans 8:38-39  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.                                                                                              
Paul wrote the above Scripture at a time of persecution for being a Christian.  In a prison cell, Paul wrote about the love of God that he experienced and covered him all the days of his life.
As believers we are fully persuaded that we can experience this God kind of love.  Even in the hard times we go through.  God’s love for us does not waver.  Neither should our love for Him waver in those hard times.                                                                 
Paul had found through the experiences of life a “word truth” that would hold him steady in the times of trouble.  He became fully persuaded that nothing could or would separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus. The word “persuaded” is the Greek word “peitho”.  It means to be convinced, to persuade, to have confidence.  He had been persuaded and fully convinced and confident of the love God had for him and his love for his God.   Paul says that neither life nor death would separate him from the love of God.  Let us look at those two words: death-life.  Death comes from the Greek word “thanatos” which describes physical death.  When we die and step into Heaven the love of God does not stop.  We then will be in the presence of HIM who is love. The word life comes from the Greek word “zoe” which refers to physical life.  Paul reminds us in death that the love of God will be there.  He reminds us the things we will encounter on this path called life will not be strong enough to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Things present nor even things to come shall separate us from this God kind of love!  As Paul, may we be fully persuaded, fully convinced, and fully confident in this love to live overcoming victory every day and all the days of our lives!                    

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