Today, Jessi highlights the promises outlined in Romans 8 and the freedom they give us. She enjoys a warm cup of peppermint tea.
hi sweet mercies! i’m jessi hunt=) i’ve been a part of redeemer church since i was five years old & i must say; i absolutely love sweet mercies!! every time we come together, i look across the room & my heart becomes full of gratitude. i see so many dear women that have poured into my life & each other’s lives for years upon years, women who have served one another, prayed & interceded for each other, friends & mentors, spiritual mothers & sisters…how i’m so thankful for you all! and romans 8!!! what a rich passage to be studying together!
at our last meeting tambra tested our memory on these verses, & i for one was quite disappointed with how rusty i was. this passage is full of the depth of god’s love for me, full of the truth of my identity in christ, full of his promises to me & that christ himself is interceding for me! this is definitely not a passage that i want to be rusty on. after our meeting i was compelled to memorize romans 8 & know it with my whole heart. i would encourage you women to memorize it afresh as well! for as i’ve been hiding this word in my heart, the spirit has greatly encouraged my soul. verse 28 says: “and we know that in all things god works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” its so easy to quickly skim over a verse like this one. one that you’ve heard a thousand times can just become a dull saying. but friends, i would urge us to fight against this for a moment! for this is the living & active word! this is scripture that is breathed out by god himself! may the lord bless us right now with fresh eyes to see & ears to hear what the spirit is saying! “and we know that in all things, god works together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” this is absolutely amazing! so what does this mean specifically for me? he works out all things for my good?
it means that he has a purpose for every circumstance that arises.
it means that i can trust in the lord with all my heart,
& lean not on my own understanding.
it means that he who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion!
i’ve been “called according to his purpose.” what good news! this truth gives assurance that “he knows the plans he has for me, plans to prosper me & not to harm me, but to give me a future & a hope!” because he works out all things for my good, i can be anxious in nothing & can count it pure joy when i face trials of various kinds! if it’s hard to believe these promises, just consider the life of daniel…he was taken into captivity by a foreign king, became the victim of jealous schemers, was thrown into a den of vicious lions – and even then, god had a plan! his mighty power was displayed! joseph’s very own brothers betrayed him & sold him into slavery, he was lied about & unjustly thrown into prison for years, & yet, in the end he can still say “you intended to harm me, but god intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…” gen 50:20
this same sovereign god, is lord over my life. his ways are higher than my ways! his thoughts are higher than my thoughts! what shall separate us from the love of christ friends? “shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? no! for nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love that is in christ jesus!” he is faithful.
i pray you are encouraged by his promises as i have been!
“the lord will fulfill his purposes for me.” ps 138:8
A little about Jessi:i'm a musician. i love creation. jesus is my favorite. waking up early is my least favorite. my best friends are my five bro's & my twin sis. i'm 10 minutes late to everything & lose my phone at least once a day. i'm addicted to the word of god. i've been to mexico, haiti & india for missions & hope for more! my future in christ is clear, & my heart is content with that.
it takes me about an hour to write a short bio about myself.