What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. – Romans 8:31-34
Satan and those in league with him want to raise doubt in your mind and heart – doubt about God’s loving care for you in this life, and doubt about the reality of a glorious life to come. “How can you be sure? How can you be sure God will deal graciously with you in this life and take you to be with him in heaven?”
When you are challenged by the devil and these questions, turn to the truths God holds before you today:
1. (verse 31) Because God is for you, no one can be against you. No one can undo what God has done for you. Not Satan. Not the sarcastic skeptic. Not your nasty neighbor. No one. God is infinitely greater than all of them!
2. (verse 32) God willingly gave his Son for you, to make the needed and perfect payment for your salvation. Since he did this, you can be sure he will supply everything needed for a blessed life as his child, now and forever. God’s providence never fails!
3. (verse 33) No one can accuse you. No one can bring a charge against you. No one can say you are not worthy (not even you). God has chosen you. And he has justified you. God has declared you not guilty. And so you are not guilty!
4. (verse 34) No one can condemn you. Jesus died for you; any charge that might have been brought against you is erased. In fact, Jesus’ resurrection assures you that this is the case. What’s more, Jesus is at God’s right hand interceding for you. You couldn’t ask for a better advocate. God continues to act on your behalf!
When situations or circumstances or the questions of Satan challenge your faith, turn to the God-promised, God-accomplished, God-given truth.
Prayer: Dear Lord, work through your truth to remove all my doubts. In Jesus. Amen.