Sermon Notes

Reset- Dealing with Uncertainty

Romans 8

Introduction

Our world is filled with uncertainty

How to deal with uncertainty: Reset your mind

A picture of our present reality:

“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

Romans 8:22

  • Between pregnancy and birth; we are living in the in-between time, which involves pain, uncertainty, difficulty

 “And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.”

Romans 8:23

  • As human beings, we know that this present world is not how it should be.  There is something better ahead.

“We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[including the new bodies he has promised us.”

Romans 8:23

  • Christ is going to return. But now we are living in the in-between time.

All of live between birth and death.  And we feel this uncertainty in our lives.

“We were given this hope when we were saved.

(If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.)

But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”

Romans 8:24-25

KEY THOUGHT:

Knowing that God wins in the end can give you the confidence

that he is winning NOW.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28

Three Truths to build your confidence on

  1. All your losses will become gains
  • God will use them in your life here and now or in your life to come.

“And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.”

Romans 8:30

  1. Your gains cannot be lost.

“Jesus Christ did not suffer so that you would not suffer.  But when you suffer, you would become more and more like him.”

  • Tim Keller

“And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.”

Romans 8:30

  1. The best is yet to come.

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

“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? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:31-39