S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Quests and Questions:
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s 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 God’s love. 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. Romans 8:35–39 NLT
This Scripture is not saying that if you follow Jesus, you will be liked by everyone. Jesus had enemies and promised believers would too. The point Paul is making is that if God is for us, no one can effectively keep us from the love and security that is found in God.
Are you viewing your past the way God is encouraging you to see it?
Are you embracing the present with the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
Are you genuinely hopeful about your future—no matter what?
Lord, overwhelming victory—the kind I cannot find on this earth and have trouble imagining—is MINE through Jesus, who loves me. I am never alone, for you are with me. I have reason for having peace for my past, genuine love and care for others in my present, and ultimate hope for the future. These are gifts I grateful acknowledge that I love and need…thank you for being my source of life! Help me not be distracted!