Avarua CICC Ekalesia putting on a wonderful performance featuring a mass choir of church members in 2018.
God’s amazing love was the main talking point at the recent ‘National Thanksgiving Prayer Service’ held last weekend. It was an opportunity to not only encourage our nation and also reflect on God’s goodness and mercies throughout the cyclone season, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa.
Paul says in Romans 8:31… “What, then, shall we say in
response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Amazingly enough,
this is a question that we should be asking ourselves often.
In Romans 8 alone, Paul has written extensively to prove
this very point. God loves us, He sent His son Jesus to die for us, He gave us
the Holy Spirit to be our counsellor and guide and to remind us of everything
Jesus told us. In lieu of this, this question holds amazing implications for us
as believers ... understanding the dynamics of how God feels about you will change
your life. When holding this perspective in view and weighing everything else
that happens against this revelation of God’s love towards us, then the rest
seems unimportant. David held this perspective throughout his entire life, he
wrote in the Psalms 118:6, “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can
man do to me?” He wrote this in the midst of turmoil and unrest. However, he
could express this because he knew God and knew that God loved him and in light
of that, nothing else mattered.
Just as asking this question is important, so is reminding
ourselves of the answer. ‘If God is for us, then who is against us?’ Who can be
our foe if God is on our side? Paul goes on in the next couple of verses to
explain how God is the one who justified us (Romans 8:33) and Jesus is the one
who died for us (Romans 8:34) so in reality who can bring an accusation against
us. This is so important to understand. Unfortunately, so many people miss it.
They do not understand the extent of God's amazing love towards them. Jude 1:21
tells us to keep ourselves in the love of God…why, because he knew that having
this revelation not only equips, but empowers individuals to make a difference.
It is amazing to know that it was God who chose us and
called us to be his children. It is amazing to know that he died for us and
sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. It is amazing to know
that nothing can separate us from His love. Understanding this will empower you
to overcome any obstacle you face. Understanding this will release you from the
fear that keeps you in chains. David said in the Psalm, “The LORD is my light
and my salvation – whom shall, I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-
of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Paul asks the question, “What, then,
shall we say in response to this?”
On our way home from the Thanksgiving Prayer Service, my
wife and I stopped off at a shop in Titikaveka. Inside were a number of
individuals who had attended the national prayer service. I could not help but
tune in on their discussion. They were actually reflecting on their experiences
as they shared what they just heard and seen of God’s amazing love shared at
the thanksgiving service.
Today, you can also experience God’s amazing love. All it
takes is a heart willing enough to accept His love for us with the reassurance
that nothing can or will separate us from God’s love … hence why Paul echoed
the following statement – “If God is for us, who can be against us”.
Why not over the weekend, take a break and reflect on what
God has done for you, what He is currently doing in your life, and what He
continues to do for you as we move into the future!
Have a safe and blessed weekend with your families and