12/10/2015

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose..” (NASB)

One of the common themes in you find in the realm of “Prosperity Doctrine” is to take scriptures which describe spiritual circumstances and apply them to physical circumstances.   

There is a school of thought that says Christians will have nothing but good times, financial blessings, and a life with no worries.  

That thought is wrong. 

For an entire chapter now, Paul has been speaking of man’s spiritual condition.  He has talked about our deliverance from bondage, living in the spirit, adoption as children of God, turning aside from sin, and spiritual intercession by the Holy Spirit.  

The lines before verse 28 and the lines after verse 28 all concern our spiritual wellbeing.  Verse 28 addresses the same thing.  

Romans 28 isn’t telling us that all of our circumstances are going to be good.  Instead, no matter our circumstances, our Spirit will be good.  Those heartaches, disappointments, failures, longings, and bitterness will not define our spiritual wellbeing.  Instead God will take those things and cause them to work for good in us.  He will take what was meant for destruction, and He will turn it to joy.  In the end, we are not blessed by what we have, we are blessed by who has us.