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Not against us; for us

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 month ago | 1704 views Link: https://goo.gl/WCZR12

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Nahum 2 is one of the most dreaded and horrible statements in all of God’s word.  God says, “Behold, I am against you.”  He is speaking of the city of Nineveh in the Assyrian Empire.  Years earlier, God had told Jonah to go preach to the city.  When Jonah finally obeyed God and did what he was commanded, the city repented and God relented from judgment.

But time passed and a new generation went back to evil ways.  Nineveh became a very wicked city and God called Nahum to pronounce judgment.  In strong words, God declared that He was against the city.  He followed through with the judgment and destroyed the city.  The city brought the judgment upon itself because the citizens didn’t follow the Lord of glory.  God’s judgment will fall on all who follow their own way and neglect to come to the only true God.

But although the above statement by God is a dreaded statement, it is one the believer in Christ will never hear.  Beloved, He is not against us, He is for us.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Joshua 1:5  No man shall be able to stand before all the days of your life.  Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you or forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5  Keep you life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him.

Romans 8:31-33 What then shall we say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him us for us all, how will he not also with Him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God Who justifies.

God assures us that, as His children, He is not against us.  Despite our sin, He has fully justified and forgiven us.  May we rejoice that we will never hear “I am against you.”  We instead hear “I will never leave you.”  Praise our gracious and forgiving God.

Dale

 

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Amen. Thank you, Dale.

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