Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.Romans chapter 8, verses 35-37; from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Defiance! What thought enters your gray matter when you see or hear this word? That teenager under your roof? That toddler trying to find themselves? That neighbor who refuses to follow the rules? The local anarchist? Most times the thoughts are about a rebel–someone who disregards decorum and the rule of law. But what if I told you there’s another side to defiance? A good thing about defiance? Look at the definition of defiance:
a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
open disregard; contempt (often followed by of):defiance of danger; His refusal amounted to defiance.
a challenge to meet in combat or in a contest.
Now, still think that defiance is a bad word? If so, think again. Every day of your life there is an opposing force coming against you; all in an attempt to deny you peace and confidence–confidence about the future–confidence in your abilities to handle life-as-it-happens. This opposing force has only a single desire: to break and crush you! Maybe it’s your finances; health; family; work; expectations of others; your own personal expectations; and the list goes on. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s some personal failure–even failing to be faithful to God. We call that kind of failure sin!
Whatever your opposing force may be, wherever your struggle is at, remember the question of Paul and his answer to his own question: Can anything separate us from God’s love? NO! NO! NO! A thousand times NO! Don’t give your opposing force the right to control you. Bring it to Jesus! Some say God never gives us more than we can handle. That just ain’t true! God’s love is always here for us. And God’s love is more than powerful enough to deliver us from that opposing force! Even if we don’t or can’t see how.
Everyday has it’s challenges. And what we need is to bring those challenges to God. If it’s sin–then ‘fess up and ask Him to take away that authority sin holds over you. Get this: Every opposing force is powerless against God’s love for you. He’s our Savior! Our Deliverer! He was defiant against the pain on that cross. Heck, He was even defiant against the power of the grave. Whatever force is opposing you right now–run! Run to God! His arms are wide open! And they are open for you! Live defiantly against sin and all its various forms!