Muscle Up

Romans 8:31– “What then shall we say to these things? Since God is for us, who can be against us?”

This scripture is a very encouraging Word. The first thing we should ask is – what things are Paul talking about? We need to go back to Paul’s conversion in Acts chapter nine. In Acts nine on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians, to capture them, and to have them imprisoned, he has an encounter with Jesus. Jesus gives him the vision and purpose of his life. In Acts nine verse 15, Jesus tells him that he is a chosen vessel to proclaim the gospel. In verse 16, “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” WOW!! That is a great invitation to becoming a Christian/Pastor/Believer. I know how many of us would answer that altar call. In Romans chapter eight Paul starts this portion of teaching in verse 18 with the words, “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” And we know that Paul suffered more persecution then we could ever imagine for the gospel of Christ. The truth is that struggles, and pain are our opportunity to grow our faith, trust God that He is with us and for us. He is true to His Word and that He will always work things out for our good (Romans 8:28). When I was in college, I was a trainer at a gym and the one thing that you must do to build a muscle is to push past the pain. Pain does not feel good, but it stretches us to growing and getting stronger. That is the same way that our faith muscle grows.

No Pain – No Gain

The very thing that caused Paul to overcome every beating, every imprisonment, every trial, and test is the very same thing that we need to do to overcome whatever comes our way. Whatever we might be dealing with, God is not bewildered, shocked, or surprised. He is not caught off guard wondering what to do. The truth is that He is waiting to hear what our response will be to the very thing that is attempting to steal our joy. Wherever you see Paul, whether it be in prison or on trial for his faith, he was consistent in REJOICING!! Rejoicing is the voice of faith and victory.

During your situation it might not seem like it or feel like it, God is for us!! C.S. Lewis said, “That God shouts in our pains.” It is in the times of pain, sorrow, and suffering that God is shouting that He is with us and for us. When He hears our voice of faith acknowledging Him for who He is, that He is more than enough; that He is ever-present to deliver; that He is healer and provider; He once again proves who He is. The mistake that most people make is that they are asking God to be who He already is – instead of recognizing and acknowledging Him for who He is. That is like your child coming to you and asking you if you would be their parent? So, what shall you say to these things? Because what you say will eventually determine the outcome. No one, not even God Himself or the devil has more authority in our lives than us. Jesus said, “you shall have whatever you say!!” So, what shall you say to these things that are coming against you?

God is more than enough

Paul begins this portion of teaching with the revelation that these sufferings will demonstrate the GLORY of God through us. This word Glory (doxa) is the divine quality, splendor, manifestation of God. No matter what you are going through or whatever is coming at you, God is with you and for you. He is right in the middle of it to display His divine quality of always being good and always being faithful so that His Glory will be revealed through us.

Today, I want to encourage you to REJOICE that God is with you and for you. Lift your voice of faith to let your adversity know that God is with you to turn this around for your victory and His GLORY!

My prayer for you is that you will grow in your faith to display the GLORY of God. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

 Rocky Byers

 “On Earth as it is in Heaven!”