Dear Central Members and Global Friends,
As I pen this letter to you, we find ourselves still dealing with a lot of historical crises from the still lingering pandemic, the crisis in Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida’s devastation in New Orleans, and the border states that are experiencing severe damage. We could all list a host of personal issues within our families and households that are impacting our emotional and mental well-being. However; I want to share something more important with you, that is extremely credible, and something you can always rely on when you find yourselves hampered by the storms of life.
As Christians we have a reliable promise from God found in Romans 8:28 that we can always stand on!! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)
We learned on Sunday from our final study in the series “Pearls of Wisdom To Live By” that this is a divine promise, a definitive promise, and a promise that can’t be destroyed or denied provided we embody the requirements outlined in the text. This is awesome assurance and exciting news for us as believers!! Here in Romans chapter 8 we discover one of the most important passage of scriptures in the entire bible that is a divine promise from God to all of us as believers. Notice the following critical words in the text that should give us true assurance for the rest of our life and erase the bondage of doubt that we often allow to dominate our life. There are two critical caveats for this text to manifest in your life affairs and they are:
- Work together for good, to those who truly love God
- And are called according to God’s purpose not our purpose
If you truly learn to love God with all of your heart and live according to His purpose for your life. I am absolutely confident; you will be amazed at how different your life will become and how well you will be able to manage the current and future stress that comes from life struggles.
I love the way Paul concluded this chapter, by naming all of the struggles of life after verse 28 and explaining how none of it could separate us from God’s love in verse 39 of Romans chapter 8. These verses should help each of us understand why the promise outlined in verse 28 is a divine and definitive promise for all true believers of Christ. This is a great way to close out our sermon series on “Pearls of Wisdom to Live By!!” I pray you take the time to make the promise of Romans 8:28 a reality in your daily life. Please enjoy the attached slide deck from Sunday and don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email or contact us directly by phone if you need assistance.
Your Brother And Servant In Christ!!
Pastor Perry Stuckey