If God Be For Us

Posted on 29 Mar 2020, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Title: If God Be For Us
Text: Rom 8: 28-32
[Rom 8:28]  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.
[Rom 8:29]  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
[Rom 8:30]  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
[Rom 8:31]  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
[Rom 8:32]  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
  • All things work together for good (including the good, the bad, and the ugly)
  • To those who love God
  • To those who are called according to the purpose of God
  • For whom He foreknew, He also predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son (Jesus Christ)
  • That Jesus might be the firstborn among us
  • Those that He predestined, He also called
  • Those that He called, He also justified
  • Those that He justified, He also glorified
  • What shall we say to all these things?
  • If God be for us, who can be against us?
    • If God gave up the most valuable Person to Him, in the person of His own Son, for our sake, how shall He not with Jesus freely give us all things?
    • That tells me that we have hope..
      • My hope is built on nothing less
      • Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
      • I dare not trust the sweetest frame
      • But wholly lean on Jesus’ name
    • On Christ the solid Rock I stand
    • All other ground is sinking sand
    • All other ground is sinking sand
  • In these days that there is a pandemic out in the world, our hope is built on nothing else than the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Main Topic
If God be for us, what are the results of His alliance in our lives?
1. If God be for us, our impossibilities becomes possible
  • [Luk 1:37]  For with God nothing will be impossible.”
  • [Gen 18:14]  Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
  • [Jer 32:27]  “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
  • Abraham and Sarah conceived in their old age
    • [Rom 4:19]  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
    • [Rom 4:20]  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
    • [Rom 4:21]  and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.   
    • There were two impossibilities here: 1. Abraham was 100 years old and therefore his ability to produce a seed was gone. His body was already dead
    • Sarah’s womb was dead, no more menstrual cycle.
    • God combined a dead body with a dead womb (two impossibilities) to create a baby
  • Valley of the dry bones
    • [Eze 37:1]  The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
    • [Eze 37:2]  Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
    • [Eze 37:3]  And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
    • [Eze 37:10]  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
    • Dead dry bones came back to life – an exceedingly great army
  • If God be for us, nothing will be impossible for God to do for us
2. If God be for us, our victory is guaranteed, no matter the battle
  • David in battle with Goliath (1 Sam. 17:45-46)
    • [1Sa 17:45]  Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
    • [1Sa 17:46]  This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
  • David at Ziklag – defeated the Amalekites
    • [1Sa 30:6]  Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
    • [1Sa 30:7]  Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
    • [1Sa 30:8]  So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
  • David defeated the Philistines
    • [2Sa 5:23]  Therefore David inquired of the LORD, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
    • [2Sa 5:24]  And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
    • [2Sa 5:25]  And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
  • Joshua at the wall of Jericho
    • [Jos 6:2]  And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
    • [Jos 6:3]  You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
    • [Jos 6:4]  And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
    • [Jos 6:5]  It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
  • Joshua was defeated Ai
    • [Jos 7:1]  But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel.
    • Until God became their ally again 
How can God be for us?
  • [Psa 42:1]   As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
  • [Psa 42:2]  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
  • [Psa 84:2]  My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
1. Wholeheartedly surrender your life to Jesus. No more half baked Christianity
  • [Luk 9:57]  Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
  • [Luk 9:58]  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
  • [Luk 9:59]  Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
  • [Luk 9:60]  Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
  • [Luk 9:61]  And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
  • [Luk 9:62]  But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
2. Draw nearer to God by studying His Word and praying regularly
3. Obey His Word