There’s not much we can be sure of today. We live in a world of broken promises, broken families, backstabbing friends, and personal failures. And that’s just at church. The church Paul wrote to in Rome felt the same.
The Roman Christians needed to base their lives on truth rather than on circumstances that seemed to challenge truth.
We’re the same aren’t we? After a lifetime of disillusions, we’ve come to expect little else. We often hope for nothing in hopes we won’t be disappointed. It’s easy to get sucked into the black hole of hopelessness. It happens because we live in an a culture that keeps God at arm’s length, one that claims His name but declines His Lordship.
God is a package deal. And when we refuse all of God then we miss all of what He has to offer.
In refusing all of God we’re forced to fill those gaps with substitutes that disappoint and fail us. But the Sovereign Lord, the Creator of the universe, offers true hope—and here’s why: He is the only one able to make good on His promises.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome and shared 4 promises of God that also give you hope when you need it most.
No One Will Oppose You
If God is for us, who is against us? —Romans 8:31
If God is for Christians, then God is for the Christian. And if you are a Christian, then God is for YOU.
Of course, you will have many who oppose you. But hope comes as you realize it doesn’t matter who is against you if God is for you, because nobody beats God.
No One Will Accuse You
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. —Romans 8:33
The only thing worse than blowing it is having others confirm the fact with their words. However, one day, no one will bring a charge against you that will stick in God’s judgment. Why? Because a Christian—even though now a sinner—already stands justified in the sight of God by faith in Christ who died for sins.
God promises that no one will thwart the process He began by predestining you to be conformed to the image of Christ. No charge can stick. God is the one in charge of the process. The promises of God confirm it.