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Eight certainties for 2008

By Gary Rogers

As you cross into a new year, questions abound. Who will be the next president? How will the war in Iraq end? Will financial challenges impact your family? Will your children hold to their Christian faith? Are you adequately prepared for retirement?

You need another focus. There are certainties to guide the follower of Christ into the days ahead.

Certainty #1 — Nothing can separate you from God’s love.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39, NKJV).

Certainty #2 — Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to forgive you of all your sin.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24, NIV).

Certainty #3 — No matter what you face, God will never leave you. Consider Jesus’ promise:

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Certainty #4 — You can receive God’s direction for every decision.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6, NKJV).

Certainty #5 — God plans for you to overcome adversity.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Certainty #6 — You can have peace in the midst of any storm.

“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Certainty #7 — God wants to provide for your needs.

“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Certainty #8 — You are headed for a wonderful place called heaven.

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2,3).

Happy New Year!

GARY ROGERS is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.

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