Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Romans 8:10  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I just want to say selah.  Y’all know what selah means when you see it in scripture, right?   It means that you’re supposed to stop and think and meditate on what was just said.  It means you go beyond the first read and consider the deep.

In this world of instant….well….. everything, one of the largest problems in society is that we don’t stop, think, contemplate, and go deeper than a sound bite with our understanding.   (Ok, I feel a sermonette coming on and I will sooo exercise discipline and move on. Be proud of me, please.)

Well, in this particular instance I’m begging you to selah with the best of the selah’ers.  (No that’s not a word.)  Just seriously- stop and think about these verses please.  It’s yet another example of scripture saying-  you do this and then you get that.  There’s an “if, then” here, too- another requirement from us to receive from Him.   What’s the if?  If we receive Jesus’ blood as payment, then we are more than conquerers.   We have to do something in order to gain something.

You are MORE than a conquerer-  through him who loved you!   And what did He conquer for us?   He conquered death.  He paid for our sins through the spilling of His blood.  He conquered for those of us who receive Him as savior, eternal separation from God on our behalf.  Wow!  Seriously, what is there in this life that is more important?  Everything here is so temporal and believe me, it becomes even more temporal the older you get.   Haha- well, at least you become more aware of how temporary this life is as you get older.   So yes, there is no government we could topple, no job goal we could reach, no illness we could overcome, that means one iota compared to us being more than conquerers through Christ Jesus.   We have conquered eternal separation!  Eeee-ternal. That’s like… forever, y’all.  Selah.

And what does that mean for us?   Well read on, friend.   He follows the scripture about conquering with what happens once death is conquered.   NOTHING will separate us from God.   This is the complete story.   The result is that no matter what happens in our short lives on this planet, we are eternally saved and will remain in heaven, in the presence of our God, forever.  We cannot be separated from His love.  Ever.

There are those who are not separated from His love on this planet but who never receive Christ.  The tragedy is that, even though they know His love here, they will be forever separated for eternity. Pray.

Takeaway:   Once we have given our lives to the Lord and received His blood as payment, there is nothing. Nada. Not a darn thing that can separate us from His love.  If the enemy catches us in a trap, if we fail, if we stumble, if we succeed-  no matter what, we will not be separated in eternity from our Father.   Selah.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, please allow this truth to sink into me, to the deepest parts of me, that I have already achieved 99.9% of the goal of life once I have received You as my Savior.   All the rest is simply to know You more before I arrive in the fullness of Your presence.    Cause me to spend time going deep with You and not living primarily in the busy external layers of life.  Help me to stop and contemplate deeply, Your mysteries.   Help me to become a solid selah’er.  And more than anything, thank You Lord for loving me so much.  

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