July 10, 2018

Court Is Adjourned. The Verdict Is in Before It Ever Started.

Romans 8:33–34

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33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.1


[1] 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died . . . for us?

Court Is Adjourned. The Verdict Is in Before It Ever Started.

Bio | Meg Whittaker

Howdy! I'm Meg, and I love cold winters, a family-filled Christmas, and warm hugs.

In the heat of the summer, I wish I had a home in Maine to enjoy the tides, sailing, and cool ocean breezes. Isn't it wonderful that our Creator thought to not only create us, but to also create so many wonderful landscapes to enjoy? Not only am I thankful for that, but I am even more thankful that He gave us His Son so we can have eternity with Him if we believe in Him. Nothing will be greater than that. So, while I'm thankful for today, I'm even more thankful for the thousands of years to come!

Central Truth

Although the world judges us and Satan accuses us, God has already paid the price and found us innocent if we put our faith in Jesus. How? It is all because of the selfless work of Jesus on the cross. His love and sacrifice for us mean that we receive salvation and get to spend eternity with Him. There's no greater love than that!

Devotional | Romans 8:33–34

I used to be so caught up in what others thought about me. Am I thin enough? Pretty enough? Worthy of love? In college, I even decided to join a sorority so I could have automatic acceptance and...

I used to be so caught up in what others thought about me. Am I thin enough? Pretty enough? Worthy of love? In college, I even decided to join a sorority so I could have automatic acceptance and worth with the people I felt I needed it from.

But the Lord sent me a gift in the form of a life-threatening illness, multiple surgeries, and hospital stays. When the glitz of the life I had made melted away, I was left raw, friendless, and scared. My only understanding of the Lord was from my Catholic school upbringing, and I didn't have a real relationship with the Lord to depend on.

Verse 34 says that Jesus "is interceding for us," and I have felt that intercession personally. When I was at the very end of my rope, the Lord grabbed me and changed my life for good. In response to my trials, the Lord blessed me with my two closest, accepting friends. Jessica is my best friend and sister from another mother. And Deb is my wise and faithful friend who taught me more about love, acceptance, and walking with Jesus than anyone. Both of my friends suffered from terrible diseases and have since received ultimate healing in heaven. I miss them terribly each day, but I carry with me the gifts they brought into my life. The Lord was so merciful to me that He gave me friends who taught me how to live with joy and hope in the midst of suffering.

We have hope because of the truth in Romans 8:34. It tells us that we will receive no condemnation because of Jesus. Not only did He die for us, but He also was raised from the dead. If that wasn't amazing enough, He is also at the right hand of God constantly interceding for us! What grace—Jesus praying for me! This is why I have hope: no one can condemn me because of His wonderful sacrifice on the cross! The Lord already knows my past, my present, and my future and has declared me righteous because of my faith in and relationship with Jesus!

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Discussion Questions

1. Describe a time when you experienced trials and suffering. How did the Lord intercede on your behalf?

2. Will that knowledge of hope and assurance in the Lord give you a new outlook on viewing difficult times? 

3. What verses and wisdom would you give to someone going through a difficult season?

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craig callewart 7 months ago

Q3: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I use this (my phone screensaver) to bridge tribulating times

Megan Whittaker 7 months ago
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Sue—yes! We are currently reading Armor of God and it’s been such a great reminder of how Satan’s ways are crafty but not new or near as powerful as the Lord’s.

Lindsay, That’s such a great verse! Thanks for sharing your encouragement with us! It truly such strength especially when caregiving!

Hugh, Yes—it’s a conscious effort to remember that it’s all about the Lord and His gift to us rather than the perceptions of others! I love that lingering thought ‘audience of one.’

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

And in Zechariah 3:1-3, the Lord did rebuke Satan for accusing the high priest “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments.

Mary Eickman 7 months ago
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Lindsey, I still sing that verse often.

cori todd 7 months ago

From the ESC study bible…

"We won’t be condemned because:

Christ Jesus died for us. He was raised from the dead, showing that his death was effective He is seated at the right hand of God Jesus intercedes for us through his blood shed.

Interceding signified effective intervention."

When I forget my value and righteousness before God because I’ve accepted Jesus Christ, I buy the lies of Satan. God declares me right before Him only because of Jesus’ work on the cross. PRAISE. It is so good to be reminded of this truth

Jim Wimberley 7 months ago


So grateful God grabbed your heart and brought you into His Kingdom and brought you to lead in Refuge. What an encouraging Journey this morning. Thank you!!!

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

1 John 2:1 says Jesus is our advocate (same word in Greek as paraclete) with the Father

and we know how effective Jesus prayers were

Rita Satagaj 7 months ago

What a beautiful, heartfelt devo Meg. Thank you for sharing such wonderful insight. Loved what you said, “The Lord already knows my past, my present, and my future and has declared me righteous because of my faith in and relationship with Jesus!” This is such a comforting thought. We are so very blessed to be loved by Jesus! I like to use Psalm 46:1 when helping friends who might be struggling. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and our strength.

Sue Bohlin 8 months ago

Thanks, Meg, and I’m thankful for the Lord’s gifts of Jessica and Deb!

As I read today’s verses, I don’t know if I’m in a mood or what, but I could see the Lord addressing Satan the accuser, as he attempts to bring a charge against us, and as he tries to condemn us, with a weary, “Oh, SHUT UP! You got NOTHIN’!”

And I am so grateful!

Lindsey Driscoll 8 months ago

Meg, thank you for sharing your story of suffering and reminding us that Christ intercedes for us. Suffering has been a part of the people of God since the fall. It’s not what we would want, but it a way to depend on God and glorify him with our actions so that the outsiders may see the greatness of God. Q3- Isaiah 41:10 is a verse I memorized as a child, and I applicable today in caring for my sick husband this week.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Hugh Stephenson 8 months ago

Hello Meg. Thank you for sharing your powerful story.

Like you and so many of us, my focus on my perception of the opinions of others has been quite a challenge for me. In the recovery ministries I learn about the clarity of focus when I embrace that I have an audience of One.

Too often my old ways as a passive male tempt me. I want to avoid all pain and conflict.

Daily surrender is the only solution for me. As I have come to know God I have experienced His intervention, the intercession of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

I am thankful that God gave me His Word, His Spirit and His people.

My prayer is to surrender as many times today as Is needed in order for me to see His plan and ignore mine.

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