The Idol of Security: Romans 8:31-39
Idols are not just little statues. They are anything that takes the place of God in our lives.
Idolatry is not one sin among many sins. It is the sin under all our other sins. It is the problem under all our other problems.
Idol of Security, or the Idol of Safety.
It’s the idol that tells us:
The most important thing in your life....the highest value....is to feel like you are: danger-free and problem-less and risk-averted.
When your heart says: I must feel safe, or to ask it another way:
What is an insecure person? Someone who feels threatened, right?
The Idol of insecurity is a master at playing on that.
Romans 8:31-39 – is a text all about the security that God offers us.
ONE: HOW THE IDOL OF SECURITY DECEIVES
Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to this?”
What is the “this” that Paul is talking about?
If the gospel is really true...
· That we are saved by grace
· Justified by faith, not by our good works
· If the God of the universe has set his affection on us...
v31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Answer? In one sense, everybody. In another sense, the ultimate sense, nobody.
v33: “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”
Implication one of the gospel:
People might stand against you. They might bring charges against you.
But if you have the approval of Christ, then you have all the approval you really need.
Implication two, of the gospel
v35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
“If what you most value can be taken away or destroyed, then you set yourself up for anxiety.” David Powlison
If you really want true security and ultimate safety, you have to be able to look this idol in the eyes and reject its lies.
Questions that expose the idol of Security or Safety:
1. When a new opportunity comes up, your most important question is: “Will I be safe?”
2. Is your dominant prayer, for yourself and for others, about protection?
3. Do you long for the day when you will be problem-less and risk-free?
4. Do you feel the gnawing need to promote yourself in order to cover for your deep insecurity?
5. Is the love of God in Jesus Christ just an abstract, weak concept in your life?
TWO: HOW THE LOVE OF GOD SECURES US
v35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?“
v38: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
How can you learn to celebrate the security you have?
There are three things you have to celebrate:
1. You are joined to Jesus
You have been place IN CHRIST. Look at the total climax of this chapter:
If you belong to him, you are safe. If you are joined to Jesus, you have all the security you need.
Here’s the thing with the Idol of Security: Our real problems come because we attach our lives to things that are that are insecure. We try to find our security in things that are insecure. When they fade away, we fade away with them.
“The way to identify your idols is this: when your idols shake, you shake.” Greg Dutcher
Get your security - your meaning, your purpose, your significance, your life – from something lasts. Then it can’t be taken away. The only thing that fits that bill is Jesus.
2. You are inseparable from God’s love
If you have God’s love, you have everything you need.
To the degree that you sense God’s never-stopping, never-giving-up love for you. To that degree you will feel confidence, secure and safe.
Do you and I know anything at all about that kind of confidence today?
Romans 8:15-16: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.”
3. You have the personal, intimate ministry of the Holy Spirit
He shed’s Christ’s love abroad in our hearts. Romans 5:5.
v37: “we are “more than conquerors.”
Not just fighters, or winner, more than ... it's won.
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