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More than conquerors

(Romans 8:12-17; 28-39)

This weekend continued the theme we have been developing in the early Breakfasts of this year. The core beliefs we hold (i.e. what we truly hold in our hearts and – even subconsciously – fall back upon) affect the way we think about, behave and respond to whatever challenges and adversities we meet in life. How important it is, therefore, for our hearts to be anchored on the truths that GOD IS FOR US, GOD IS IN CONTROL and GOD’S LOVE WILL NEVER LET GO.

To be firmly anchored, our hearts need to be confident in our adoption as a child of God. Adoption means we are taken out of (i.e. cut away from) the (spiritual) “Adam-family tree” into which we, with all mankind, are born – a tree rooted in sin and death. And grafted into the “Jesus-family tree” which is rooted in life and freedom. This spiritual transformation mirrors what happens in physical adoption, where a child is taken from their birth family and established into their new family, such that the old family no longer has any influence, control or rights over the child. It is, as 2Cor5:17 says, a new creation (in Christ), where the old has gone and the new has come.

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… from the love of God?

From Sean in Cardiff ….

Paul tells us (Ro8:38):  “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

Paul has described God’s action in us through his Spirit. In fact the providence of the Father covers all the events of our lives. Nothing happens in the world, in our family, in our lives merely by chance or because it was “our fate”. Paul stresses the Father’s personal attention for each one of us. God knows us in Christ from the beginning of the world: children known before they are born, but also destined for a unique place in creation! Whatever be the way we come to know Christ, it is a personal call of God who gives us the
opportunity to believe!

Allthough I would say we are lucky to know Christ Jesus, we must realise that the Kingdom of God extends much further than the reach of the church. There are many who do not know Jesus and the gospel and we must pray for them, yet God knows how to lead and save them, for the sacrifice of Christ Jesus was to save all humankind!

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Pursuing God

The theme for this evening was “Pursuing God”. For those present, it was a special opportunity for taking the time to go deeper with God and pursue his Presence. Pursuing God is part of each and every person’s heart desire – whether we realise and acknowledge it or not. It is built into our “creation fabric”. We speak of pursuing God, not because he is running away from us or making it difficult for us to find him. We pursue him as a beloved pursuing  her(his) lover. Having experienced God and “tasted” his closeness, we just can’t get enough of him!

This was an evening for very personal times with God and Holy Spirit was clearly busy at work in a sweet, gentle but powerful way. Thank you, Jesus.

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