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The Who Is You | Devotional

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
Romans 8:35

This verse is never taken in its single most, intuitive context. Normally it is the springboard to the circumstances that may befall us in the following verse. The same could be said with the previous verse.

We all recognize the position of Christ as He intercedes for us. However, have we considered the beginning of verse thirty-five? Have we thought about the ’who’? Who is it that tries to separate us from Christ? Who will bring tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword?

Without trivializing the warnings of God’s Word with regard to end time scenarios, I would like to submit to you a more personal view of this verse, a broader scope of it in order to address our everyday choices. You see, we can end up in tribulation or distress because of our choices as well. We can even create famine or nakedness. Just turn on the news and view the current economic environment.

I know that personally I have put myself in peril, and may have caused a few individuals to consider picking up a sword against me. Sometimes we tend to be caught up in the things that hurt us, bind us, or are a weakness for us. We are caught up in the ‘what’ and not the ‘who.’

On a personal everyday life experience level we can only come to one conclusion; the ‘who’ is me, the face in the mirror. This one thing we should understand; many people have tried to make us do a lot of things, but if we did not want to do them, we would not.

God is the only One who could ever make us do something we did not want to do. So, taking that into consideration ‘who’ can separate us from the love of Christ? Only me, by choice. I submit to you that the following circumstances of verse thirty-five are exterior scenarios and extreme, and yet, these extreme situations in themselves are not enough to sway the believer from their treasured relationship with God through Christ as stated in the verses thereafter.

Sin is the great gulf that separates us from Christ, and the cross is the bridge that unites us to God. Therefore we should seek to live a life in pleasing service to the Lord, forsaking the things of this world that often ensnare us and cause us suffering through so many different avenues.

Some of our choices carried a price that was too steep in most cases, and caused separation from Christ. But, who can do this? The same individual that can separate can also unite. Every day there is a choice of whom will we serve; ourselves, or our Savior. Everyday we must choose well...either we will be separated from this world, or from Christ. It is our choice...

Prayer Focus

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” This confession has been a constant pillar in my life. It has detoured several bad discussions and potential crisis on my behalf because of its fundamental truth. It is the single, most important, daily prayer confession of my life - my life in Christ...

Chaplain Steve


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