—“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Rom 8:35–39
Andrew Fountain – June 25, 2017
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Abandonment & Belonging
God’s Plan for how we belong
How we receive this
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the LORD has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
1. Abandonment & Belonging
What does it mean to have a sense of “abandonment”?
I don’t belong
There is nobody like me
I am different
I don’t fit
I don’t have anywhere that is really “home”
I am rejected and abandoned
There is nobody to take care of me if everything goes bad—I’ll be isolated
David wrote in Psalm 41
All who hate me whisper insults about me to one another; they plan ways to harm me.
Even my close friend whom I trusted, he who shared meals with me, has turned against me.
Jesus quoted this verse and applied it to Judas
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
one from whom people hid their faces
he was despised, and we valued him as nothing.
1 Corinthians 12:4-27
3. Receiving this
You need to belong to Jesus to have his Spirit
It is by faith in Jesus’ words that we enter into this
Opposite of faith is unbelief
We need to take these truths and grab hold of them
You are loved and needed!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…
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, 39nor 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.