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? Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)
Say To Yourself
I am with you. I am on your side. I will help you through life. You can rely on me. Do you believe me? Are you really hearing what I am saying to you? Are you taking my words into you heart and mind? Yes, I think so. Is there some reason you are asking me these questions? Do you think that I might not really be hearing these words of yours? Why do you believe my words? What gives you confidence that my words are right and true and sure? Well, you have demonstrated your love for me. There would be nothing more precious to you than your Son. That’s true. You did not spare your Son. You sent Him into this world to die on the cross for me, to pay for my sins. Yes, I did. You gave me what was most precious to you. Yes, I did. That guarantees to me that you really are on my side. Yes, it does.
Are you living each day with the confident certainty that I am on your side? Are you placing all your trust in me with the knowledge that I am with you to help you? Now, I understand why you are asking me these questions. You do? I think so. When I am filled with fear and worry I’m often living as if I have forgotten that you are on my side. I am failing to remember that you are with me and that you will help me. When I take on all my problems and challenges as if they were mine alone to face, all by myself, I am certainly not trusting in you, who are on my side. No, you are not.
What would you like to do differently? What would you like to say to yourself? I would like to tell myself the truth. I would like to say to myself what you are saying to me. What’s that? You are on my side. You are with me to help me. You will help me through life. You will give me what I need. You will help me to accomplish what you have given me to do for you. I can trust in you fully. I can rely in you completely. I can be confident. I can have courage. I can be bold. Will you say these words to yourself? Will you hear and put into practice all that I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, many times I have been filled with fear and doubt because I have forgotten and lost sight of the fact that you are on my side. You have demonstrated to me, beyond all doubt, that you love me and are on my side. I will rely on you to help me through life. Amen
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