Romans 8:38, 39 - Omnipotent Love.

Romans 8:38, 39 (NLT) And I am convinced 
that nothing can ever separate us from Gods 
love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor 
demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries 
about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can 
separate us from Gods love. 39 No power in the sky 
above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in 
all creation will ever be able to separate us 
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ 
Jesus our Lord.  


   I enjoy playing video games, especially 
with my daughter. It's fun to collect coins and 
gems, to explore virtual lands, and to solve 
puzzles. However, in many of the games, there are bad 
guys that need to be defeated to continue making 
progress. My eye-hand coordination isn't great, and 
I'm not fast enough to beat them. That's when I 
pass the controller to my daughter. She's of the 
generation that grew up with computers. She easily 
trounces the bad guys for me. 
   Every day, we face enemies we need to 
conquer. As we explore our world and gather the 
blessings Jesus sends our way, we also run into 
problems. Romans 8 shares a few of the trials we may 
face, then reassures us that we are conquerors 
over those enemies. But the last half of verse 37 
is vital: "through him who loved us. Jesus 
is the Mighty Warrior Who loves us and enables 
us to confront our struggles. He is the One Who 
   Today I was stressing out over a work 
problem, putting more and more effort into conquering 
it by using my own strength. I felt defeated 
and weary. When I remembered that the love of 
Christ is constantly and steadfastly at work on my 
behalf, fighting the baffles for me, the worry 
lifted. Let's start using frustration and stress as 
a signal to hand over the controller to the 
One Who has conquered sin and death for us. by 
Sharon Hinck 
   Faith Step: Play a computer game. Or work 
on a crossword puzzle. When you get to an 
obstacle, consider Jesus's offer to let us turn to Him 
with your struggles. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   Today, some two thousand years after Paul 
wrote this Q&A in Romans, these potential 
obstacles remain just as relevant. Troubles and 
hardships certainly transcend time. You might be 
facing some kind of trouble or hardship right now - 
marriage struggles, physical injury, trouble with 
your kids. 
   Thanks to social media, persecution can 
take the form of cyberbullying. Maybe people make 
fun of you for reading your Bible or for 
remaining a virgin until marriage. Maybe others 
ridicule you for walking away from shady business 
   Even if you're not naked or in famine, 
like millions of people in our world, what about 
financial challenges? Does it ever feel like there's 
more month left than money? 
   In my country, fortunately, our lives are 
not endangered by our public worship like in 
some nations around the globe. But you might 
still be in danger - from a chronic illness, an 
abusive relationship, or PTSD from old wounds. 
   Paul answered his own question. He knew 
in all these various obstacles and challenges, 
we are more than conquerors. It's important 
that we acknowledge that this promise is not 
fulfilled under our own power - but through the power 
of the risen Christ, who loves us. 
   If you follow Christ, you are more than a 
conqueror - you are an overcomer. 
   Jesus, thank you that nothing and no one 
can come between us. I'm so grateful for the 
power of your love and the way it fuels me on my 
journey. Today, with your help, I will overcome every 
obstacle that comes my way. [Daily Power by Craig 


   Today I played my thirteen-year-old son, 
Stephen, in checkers. Before I tell you how the game 
ended, you need to know that Stephen is two grades 
ahead in math, and that's because it's as far 
ahead as experts agree is wise to allow him to go. 
In other words, he's crazy smart. 
   Several moves into the game, I made a 
mistake. Just one, but it was crucial. Stephen 
pounced on my misstep and that was all she wrote. 
Although I put up the best fight I had, I never stood 
a chance. By the end of the game, I had only 
jumped him once as he beamed at me. I wouldn't want 
him to know, but to say he crushed me would be 
an understatement. 
   Sometimes in life it feels like we are 
being trampled by our Enemy. But the truth is, 
with Christ, we are "more than conquerors." This 
three word, power-packed phrase comes from the 
Greek word hupernikao. This word means to vanquish 
beyond recognition, to gain a decisive victory. It 
means exceedingly more than to conquer. Its 
like David defeating Goliath. It's like Gideon 
besting the Midianites. It's like Jesus conquering 
the devil. And yes, it's like what Stephen did 
to me in checkers. 
   If you are facing something that is more 
than you can handle, remember, you are not alone. 
With Christ, you are more than a conqueror. 
   Even when I feel defeated and 
discouraged, Lord, I know that my victory remains strong 
in you. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 

Some Birthday
   I plopped down on the sofa, exhausted 
after a long day of housework and caring for 
toddlers. It was my birthday, but there would be no 
cake, no ice cream, no family get-together. I was 
the planner of such events, and I wasn't about 
to do all that extra work for myself. Who wants 
to bake her own birthday cake? Certainly not 
me. "Some birthday," I muttered. 
   Birthdays were a lot more fun when I was 
growing up, when someone was around to make a big 
deal out of them. Not so anymore. Dad was 
dead"buried on my twentieth birthday. Mom had 
Alzheimer's disease and didn't even know I existed. My 
brother and sister were busy raising their own 
families in other states. My husband worked 
thirteen-hour days and had neither the time nor the money 
even to buy me a card - I didn't give him much of 
an allowance after the bills were paid. My kids 
were too little to do anything about my birthday 
blues. The only party I'd have this year would be a 
pity party. 
   "Lord," I whispered into the now-quiet 
living room, "I feel so alone. I know it's silly, 
but today I just need to hear something spe-cial 
from you." I opened my Bible to the day's 
meditation. As I read Romans 8:35-39, I heard the voice 
of the Creator of the universe whispering, 
Michele, I love you. What a cure for the "birthday 
   Michele Huey, newspaper columnist, 
author, writing teacher, mentor, and workshop 
leader, is the producer of God, Me, & a Cup of Tea, 
a daily devotional radio program. 

Have a Nice Day
   A woman was gliding along the interstate 
in her new convertible on a relaxing spring 
evening drive. With the top down and the breeze 
blowing through her hair, she decided to see just 
how fast her new car would go.  
   The speedometer needle jumped to eighty, 
then ninety, then one hundred miles per hour. 
Suddenly she saw flashing red-and-blue lights coming 
up behind her. She sighed and pulled over.  
   The officer asked for her driver's 
license and examined it and the car.  
   "Look," he said wearily, "it's been a 
very long day. This is the end of my shift, and 
it's Friday night. I really don't feel like 
creating more paperwork, so if you can give me an 
excuse for speeding that I haven't heard before, 
you can go."  
   The lady thought for a second. Then she 
looked up at the officer, smiled, and said, "Last 
week my husband ran off with one of your lady 
officers. When I saw your flashing lights, I was 
afraid she was trying to give him back."  
   The policeman handed back her license and 
turned toward his car, saying with a slight smile, 
"Have a nice night."  
   Have you ever wondered if God sometimes 
looks at those of us whom he has rescued from sin, 
sees us committing the same offenses over and 
over again, and thinks maybe he should just give 
us back to the devil? Fortunately for us, he 
never does. Instead, he continually lavishes his 
astonishing love on us, renewing his forgiveness and 
salvation every morning as he says, "Have a nice day." 
   Father, we do not deserve your patience 
and long-suffering care, but we accept it 
greedily, because we know we need it so badly. Thank 
you for loving us so completely through your 
Son, Jesus. Amen. [The One Year Devotional of Joy 
and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth] 


   Relax in My Presence, knowing that 
nothing can separate you from My Love. The 
worst-case scenario in your life ~ that I might stop 
loving you ~ is not even in the realm of 
possibility. So rejoice that you dont have to perform 
well enough to earn My Love, or to keep it. This 
Love is pure gift, flowing out of My own perfect 
righteousness. It secures your connection to Me ~ your 
Savior ~ for all eternity. 
   Since the worst thing imaginable is not 
possible, you can relax and live more abundantly. When 
things are going well in your life, I want you to 
enjoy those good times fully ~ without worrying 
about what is on the road ahead. When you are 
facing tough times, I will help you and strengthen 
you with My Love. Even though you live in a 
world where trouble is inescapable, you can be of 
good cheer because I have overcome the world! 
(Rom. 8:39; John 10:10; 16:31) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

I want you to be all mine. I am weaning you 
from other dependencies. Your security rests in 
Me alone - not in other people, not in 
circumstances. Depending only on Me may feel like walking 
on a tightrope, but there is a safety net 
underneath: the everlasting arms. So don't be afraid of 
falling. Instead, look ahead to Me. I am always 
before you, beckoning you on - one step at a time. 
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all 
creation, can separate you from My loving Presence. 
(Deu. 33:27; Rom. 8:39) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   Nothing can separate you from My Love. 
Let this divine assurance trickle through your 
mind and into your heart and soul. Whenever you 
start to feel fearful or anxious, repeat this 
unconditional promise: "Nothing can separate me from Your 
Love, Jesus.  
   Most of mankind's misery, stems from 
feeling unloved. In the midst of adverse 
circumstances, people tend to feel that love has been 
withdrawn and they have been forsaken. This feeling of 
abandonment is often worse than the adversity itself. Be 
assured that I never abandon any of My children, not 
even temporarily. I will never leave you or 
forsake you! My Presence watches over you 
continually. I have engraved you on the palms of My 
hands. (Rom. 8:38, 39; Jos. 1:5; Isa. 49:15, 16) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   As you sit quietly in My presence, let Me 
fill your heart and mind with thankfulness. This 
is the most direct way to achieve a thankful 
stance. If your mind needs a focal point, gaze at My 
Love poured out for you on the cross. Remember 
that nothing in heaven or on earth can separate 
you from that Love. This remembrance builds a 
foundation of gratitude in you, a foundation that 
circumstances cannot shake.  
   As you go through this day, look for tiny 
treasures strategically placed along the way. I 
lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to 
brighten your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck 
them one by one. When you reach the end of the 
day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. 
Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart. Receive 
My Peace as you lie down to sleep, with 
thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind. 
(Rom. 8:38, 39; Psa. 4:7, 8) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 


The Power Of Love
   In days of uncertainty, strong racial 
feelings, and unrest, we need to experience the love 
of God. Let us anchor our hope in the truth, 
"God is love: God's power, by which He rules 
the world, is the power of undying love. He 
works through the hearts and wills of men and 
women who are wholly yielded to Him. He waits for 
us to open our hearts to Him in love. Then, 
full of courage, we become witnesses for Him. 
   This is how Christ's kingdom is 
manifested and His reign of love on earth begun. Christ 
died in order to establish this kingdom. The only 
means He used to gain influence was by showing a 
serving, suffering love. He saw the possibility of 
redemption in even the worst of people, knowing that 
their hearts could never resist the steady 
influence of love. It was in the fervor of that love 
that Jesus' disciples were able to do the 
   The spirit of hatred and bitterness can 
never be overcome by argument or reproaches. Some 
think things can never be different, but if we 
really believe in the omnipotence of God's love, we 
may trust His power. Our faith in love as the 
greatest power in the world should prepare us for a 
life in communion with God in prayer and for a 
life of service. [Andrew Murray 365-Day 
Devotional Bible by Barbour] 


When things go wrong in life, we may feel as 
though we've been abandoned by God. But we can find 
strength and comfort in today's scripture, for God 
has promised that His love is more powerful than 
anything in the world - stronger even than death! Our 
Lord will never keep His love from us, no matter 
what circumstances life may bring our way. 
There's no other love like that. [The 365 Daily 
Promise Bible By Barbour] 


John 3:16 - The Love of God.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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