Freedom to Live
1. Freedom from pain and suffering.
a. Creation groans (vs. 18-22).
b. The Members of the Kingdom groan (vs. 23-25).
c. The Holy Spirit groans. (vs. (25-30)
2. Freedom from fear of separation.
a. God is for us (v 31).
b. Christ died for us (v 32).
c. God has justified us (v 33).
d. Christ intercedes for us (v34).
e. Christ loves us (vs. 35-39).
So what about you?
If you are a Christian here tonight, the torment and suffering we all endure today, are all part of living in the kingdom of God. As Christians, it is part of our Christian life to suffer for the kingdom, through such things as persecution. It is, as we look to the future, as we see that these things that are temporarily making us suffer, are conforming us to the image of Jesus and to the supreme glory of God, and not for ourselves. In any pain or suffering we endure, we shouldn’t give up, because God has not given up. Get up and go from here knowing that God is holding your hand in these hard times. Keep holding to Him, because He is holding to you with his outstretched arms. We know from the book of Revelation that when that momentous day in history comes about, that our God will take our face in His hands and wipe away our tears of sadness.
And if you happen not to be a Christian here tonight, one thing separates you from God now, and that is your own sin, which God did not create. If you are not yet a Christian and you are not in His kingdom, you are already separated from God. To be in the kingdom of God, you simply have to trust in Jesus, and believe in Him for your future. If that is you, please do not leave here tonight without talking to somebody about how you can take that step.
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