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Don Anderson, Minister

Alvin Church of Christ



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Who’s On Your Side?
July 24, 2013


from  Don Anderson


Who’s On Your Side?

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…” Hebrews 12:1


When you were young, your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles use to come and watch your special activities.  Perhaps you had a dance recital or a ballgame.  You played in the band at school or sang in the choir.  Maybe you were in a local drama performance.  Whatever it might have been…someone was there to cheer you on and let you know that they were on your side!


May I ask you a question... Who's on your side today?


The Apostle Paul had a similar question for the church in that was under severe persecution. 

As they struggled with their affections, Paul reassured them by asking a rhetorical question.


If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31


In today’s world there are lots of forces that stand against us.

Disease.  The economy.  Demands on life.  The cost of living.  Natural disasters.  Crime.

The list could go on endlessly.


But the real meat of Paul’s question is one that we should consider…”Who can be against us?”


Each of us could probably come up with our own list of people and things that we believe are standing in our path to accomplishment, happiness and success.

But the whole question is more than just the negative.  It starts with the positive.

If God is for us…”


Job promotions and raises may not come as often as we would like.

Calamities of life my happen to those we love and appreciate.

We may not have had an easy life or our families may not have loved us as we wished…but God did.

He does.  And He promises He always will.


The Hebrew writer tells of a great cloud of witnesses that stand before us.

Those who have cheered us on in our spiritual life.

Grandparents, parents, friends, mighty men and women of God who have stood in our path at one time and encouraged us on in whatever endeavor we sought.

And chief among them was and is God!


God wants us to succeed.

God wants us to be a light that shines bright in dark world.


The next time you're down and think the world is seeking to destroy you, listen to Paul’s encouragement.


If God is for uswho can be against us.”



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