Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

What God Gives Us Can't Be Taken Away
Anonymous - April 25, 2014
Devotional

What God Gives Us Can't Be Taken Away “For the gifts and the calling of the Lord are irrevocable” Romans 11:29 Recently, this verse keeps popping up in Bible studies and church services; which is encouraging because I have found that it is an important thing for us to remember. Many times Christians look at mistakes that we have made or a sin that we’ve committed and feel that we have ruined our testimonies or ruined our ability to be used by God. This isn’t the case. Before we ever came to be a follower of Jesus, God had a calling on each of our lives; a purpose for us, a way for each of us to be used in the expanding of His kingdom. “’For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'"(Jeremiah 29:11 NASB) God puts a lot of faith in us, even when we are having a hard time putting faith in Him. We tend to look at a situation and think that it is bigger than God. We might not say that but our actions often times indicate that we feel our mistakes are too big for God to overcome. God is just the opposite. He looks at us in these situations and knows that with His help; with His comfort, we can overcome those mistakes and still be a vital part of the body of Christ. God also displays faith in us another way. While Romans insures us that the gifts that have been given can’t be taken away and the callings that God has placed on each of our lives are irrevocable, the verse doesn’t explain that we have a choice. We can walk away from our calling, or we can choose to let our gifts wither and become useless. God shows His faith in us by letting us make that choice. Much like the choices to believe in Him and to ask for salvation the choice to continue to follow God is one that we must make each day. Peter denied Jesus three times. After Christ’s crucifixion Peter was probably feeling pretty bad; maybe even guilty or partially to blame. Ultimately, he had to choose what he was going to do after that mistake. This is the choice each of us faces. When you sin, do you believe that your Savior is big enough to forgive you and still use you? “As high as heaven rises above earth, so His gracious love strengthens those who fear Him. As distant as the east is from the west, that is how far he has removed our sins from us. As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:11-13 ISV)  Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.