BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 15, Day 4: Romans 8:31-35

Summary of passage:  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He gives us all things.  He justifies.  Jesus intercedes for us.

Questions:

9)  Part personal Question.  My answer:

If God is for us, who can be against us?  No one.

How will God not also give us all things?  He does.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  No one.

Who is he that condemns?  No one.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  No one.

Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No.

God is all things.  He’s in charge.  Nothing happens without His approval.  He is omnipotent.  All else pale in comparison.

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I’m not sure I’m struggling with any at the moment but “If God is for us, who can be against us?” is one of my favorite quotes from the Bible because it reminds me I can do all things in Him.

Conclusions:  Anyone get anything out of the questions?  The passage, yes.  The questions, no.  For the first time in my eight years of doing BSF I’d say you could skip these two questions and not miss one thing.  So sad by this!  Do read my End Notes for the goodies especially the part on the “if”.  Just because people think God is with them does not mean He is.

End Notes:  If all we had were the first few chapters of the Book of Romans, some might believe that God was against us. Now that Paul has shown the lengths that God went to save man from His wrath and equip him for victory over sin and death, who can doubt that God is for us?

Note the two-letter preposition “if”.  This is not saying God is with everyone (terrorists and cults think God is with them).  God is only with you if you’ve accepted His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior.  If you are in Christ Jesus, then God is for you.

Even if others are against us, does it matter?  You + God = unconquerable

God gave us the ultimate gift (His Son), so why wouldn’t He give us all the small gifts as well?  This is a common argument used by Paul from the greater to the lesser similar to Romans 5:9-10.

With Jesus we are secure from all charges (God has already proclaimed us ‘not guilty’) and condemnation.

The God within (the Holy Spirit) can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Remember this always when you’re down.  God can do it.  And let Him!

And, of course, we can’t forget this AMAZING song!

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Music of My Heart

To recap for those new to my website, I recently embarked on the world of the IPod-ers.  My husband bought me one for our anniversary and I have been addicted ever since.  The fact you can buy individual songs and listen to them whenever you want is amazing to me.

I drive my kids to school and all over as the designated chauffer in the family and car time is worship time for me.  I’m horrible at worship during church (something I’m working on).  I find it hard to concentrate and get into the songs if I don’t like them.  So, I use car time as a substitute.

The latest edition to the IPod that has been playing over and over again and has been put on my heart is “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.

My favorite lines:

“Our God is greater,

Our God is stronger,

God, you are higher than any other

Our God is healer

Awesome in power,

Our God, Our God”

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against”

This is something I need to hear continually.  I need to be told God is with me and nothing can stop me.  I need to be told my dreams (really His dreams) will one day be realized.  I need to be reminded how Great God is.

It’s so easy to lose track of God in the daily actions of kids and life so listening to songs in the car helps me to stay grounded in Him.  It reminds me of his importance and primacy in the world and all my troubles seem to vanish in that moment I’m singing along.

I suddenly realized I have three songs on my IPod by Chris Tomlin (I only have 22 on my IPod so this was significant).  I guess that makes me a fan of his work.  I googled him to learn more about him and apparently he has a new album coming out this month with “Our God” on it.  I’ll have to listen to the song on ITunes when the album comes out and I may buy it again.