Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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There's that old country song "Country Roads take me home to the place I..."? Well, you know. Sometimes I think that's my wife's national anthem. She grew up in the Ozarks and boy, she has the memories. Most of them are down some country road, unpaved, rutted, rocky and dusty. With a standard rear-wheel drive vehicle, you'll begin to wonder if you'll ever get back from some of those roads, especially if the weather's been bad.

On one of our drives down those country roads I noticed something. Everyone we met was driving a pickup truck with four-wheel drive. I felt a little out of place. But anybody who lives where there are steep roads, rocky roads, muddy roads, or snowy roads, really should have a four-wheel drive vehicle. Because all four wheels are working to get you over something or out of something so that you can go wherever you couldn't in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. You can drive on all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather if you've got that four-wheel drive.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Four Secrets to being an Unsinkable Christian."

Our word for today from the Word of God actually comes from my life's verse, Romans 8:37. But before we get to that, here is the context. Paul talks about these things that have gone on in his life: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword. Man, he just talked about the worst terrain life has to offer. So if you are on a rocky road or a slippery road right now, it's probably in that list somewhere. Or whatever you're going through is nothing worse than what's on that list.

The response of someone who is living on spiritual four-wheel drive on those bad roads, Romans 8:37, "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." This guy's going where I cannot go on all those back roads. I know what they feel like. Conqueror in that truck! Well, the Bible says here that we can live with four-wheel drive, conquering; more than conquering those things that sink most people.

Tell me, how can you be an all-terrain, all-weather Christian, unsinkable especially with the kind of difficulties you're facing right now? Well Romans 8 describes that all-weather faith and gives us four secrets to it. Verse 28 says, "We know that in all these things God works for the good of those who love Him." First of all, you know there's a perfect plan. No matter how the road or the future looks, you embrace the plan. You trust in God believing that this road is part of something bigger than you can see - His great loving plan - and it is a bumpy road that's going to get you to something beautiful.

Secondly, you count on inexhaustible resources. Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things." The one who loved you enough to send His Son to die for you will not ever abandon you no matter how it may feel right now. Your fuel tank may run out, but His is inexhaustible. When you can't go, His fuel is still coming.

The third secret to this four-wheel drive faith; you hang on to unloseable love. Romans 8:39, "Nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Others may not be willing or able to go with you on this tough road, but you will not travel one mile alone if you've got Jesus. He will never abandon you. He is there!

Last of all, this secret: you belong to an invincible Savior. Invincible. Verse 31, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" We're more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Whatever is bigger than you are, Jesus is bigger than it is. It's time you shift it into four-wheel drive for that bumpy road, that dangerous road ahead of you. There's a perfect plan, there are inexhaustible resources, there's unloseable love, and there's an invincible Savior.

Do you have a personal relationship with this Jesus? Or is He a religion? Is He rituals? Is He just a belief to you? Have you ever reached out to Jesus and said, "Jesus, you're my only hope, my only hope of being forgiven from my sin is your death on the cross for me. My only hope of going to heaven is the eternal life you got when you walked out of your grave under your own power, and I am ready for a Savior like you.

Today begin a relationship with Him by saying, 'Jesus, I'm yours." Go to our website. Let me meet you there and show you how to get started with Him. It's ANewStory.com. Look, is there any road you can't handle, when with Jesus you can be more than a conqueror?

            

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