So we come to the last week of this study. I hope it blessed you as much as it did the Ladies Becoming Servants group and me.

I did not print out all of the additional verses. I so hope you will look them up yourself!  These studies will be much richer for you if you look up and study every verse listed.

  • Vs. 28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.
  • While the whole creation is groaning, we know that all things are working to our good, even the groanings.
  • Charles Spurgeon used to say, “I do not need anyone to tell me how honey tastes; I KNOW.” And I can tell you I know God loves me. I KNOW God loves you. Once you know, you know.
  • And because He loved me first, I love Him!
  • Gal. 5:6 Love is the mark.
  • 1 John 4:10-16 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
  • 1 Peter 1:8 The thing that will bring joy and brightness to your life is the sincere the love of God.
  • All things! Death and life, sorrow and gladness, prosperity and poverty, health and sickness, calm an storm, comfort and suffering, sweet and bitter, good and bad, bright and dark  WORKS not did work, worked, will work, but WORKS; present tense.
  • There are no accidents. God did not make a mistake when____________.  (you fill in the blank)
  • We wonder why things happen sometimes, but we need to train ourselves to know Who is in control.
  • During the San Francisco earthquake many years ago a saint of God walked out into the scene of destruction and debris and actually smiled. A friend asked her, “How can you smile at the time like this?” Her reply was, “I rejoice that I have a God who can shake the world!”
  • We can to face life and death unafraid if we keep the knowledge of verse 28.
  • What does it mean by called?
  • The ones who not only received an invitation, but accepted it.
  • 1 Cor. 1:23-24
    • 1. The Jews trusted in religion, rite and ritual. To them, the cross was a stumbling block.
    • 2. The Greeks (everyone not Jews) trusted in philosophy and human wisdom. To them the cross was foolishness.
    • 3.  The called are from both the Jews and everyone else. God sends an invitation to all and the called see the cross as the dynamite of God unto salvation!. The called heard God’s call.
    • Suppose you go down to the swamp and there are ten turtles. You offer to teach the turtles how to fly. Nine of them say you are crazy, no thanks, I like crawling slowly or whatever. We are comfortable here. But one says, “Yes, I’d like to fly!”  THAT is the one which is called and that is the one which is taught to fly. Now that doesn’t have anything at all to do with the other turtles. The lost are lost because they want it that way. They were invited just like you and me.
    • A boy down south many years ago wanted to join a church. So the deacons were examining him. They asked him how he got saved. His answer was, “God did His part, and I did my part.” They thought there was something wrong with this so they asked him what God’s part was and what his part was. He said, “God’s part was the saving and my part was the sinning. I done run from Him as fast as my sinful heart and rebellious legs could take me. He done took out after me til He run me down.”
    • “Whosoever will may come and whosoever believeth are saved, and whosoever won’t, won’t.
  • 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
  • FOR refers back to verse 28 to remind us that he is not talking about anybody being elected as the lost.
  • The lost are never predestined.
  • Predestination means that, when God saves you, He is going to see you through.
  • He is your Sheppard and He starts out with one hundred sheep, He is going to come home with one hundred sheep. Not one of HIS sheep will be lost.
  • You know you would think He would let a rebellious, stupid, lazy sheep go. He still has the rest of the sheep and 99% is pretty good!  But that is not how God is. If you are called, you will be justified, sanctified and glorified!
  • When He is counting His sheep and he comes to my number, He is not going to say, oh well, she has strayed. He is going to bring me back to His flock and bring me in!
  • Vs. 31-32: What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
  • One hundred sheep, none missing!
  • How wonderful that is!  He spared Abraham’s son, but not His own!
  • Since He gave His Son to die for us, He will give us all things we need.
  • His sheep are safe! Not because we are smart. Sheep have no defenses. No claws or fangs and can’t even run fast. The sheep is safe because he has a wonderful Sheppard.
  • Suppose you go into the finest jewelry store and the owner brings out the loveliest, most expensive diamond and says it is yours! Do you think He would just say, stick it in your pocket to take it home. Or will He give you want you need to take it home?
  • God gave His son for you. The most expensive! He is not now going to leave you to your own helplessness!
  •     33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
  •   God’s elect are justified sinners! Christ is standing behind us, who can condemn   us? He died for our sins, rose for our justification, and is sitting on the right hand of God making intercession for us!
  • Did you remember to pray to God today?  Jesus did. He prayed for you!
  • Verses 35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[f] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • If you stand for God, it will cost you something. Like a sheep ready to be slaughtered.
  • But no matter what happens in this world. No matter the suffering, you are not separated from the love of God.
  • How can sheep for the slaughter be more than conquerors? What does it mean to be more than a conqueror?
  • It means you did not even have to do anything to win. You are just a sheep. But the war is won. The victory is for us, we will never be defeated. The victory belongs to Christ, but we reap the victorious life! It is His life given for us!
  • Death will not separate you! I will bring you even closer to the Love of God!
  • Live – often difficult with all of its temptations, failings, disappointments, uncertainties and sufferings will not separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • The present, the future, no matter the size of the thing, no matter the power of it, cannot separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Salvation is a love story. We love Him because He first loved us! Nothing can separate us from that.
  • We entered this chapter with no condemnation; we conclude it with no separation! In between all things work together for the good!  Remember that!

Next we will be studying in James.  Please join me as we look into this book that hurts our feelings, but reminds us of what is important for the Christian!