But God | We were dead in our sins, BUT GOD made us alive together with Christ. We followed the course of this world, BUT GOD raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We were separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, BUT GOD brought us near to Him by the blood of Christ. We had no hope and were without God in the world, BUT GOD made us fellow citizens with the saints and members of His household, where the foundation is the apostles and prophets and the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.
Everything Possible | When our situations seem hopeless, we must wrestle with God and His promises. BUT GOD will always be our declarative truth. The reality of the universe is BUT GOD. In Christ, He has showered us with kindness, not wrath: “By grace you have been saved … so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” . BUT GOD freed us when we were slaves. BUT GOD made us alive when we were dead. We must hear the BUT GOD that Mary heard from the angel who told her that the Messiah was in her virgin womb: “Nothing will be impossible with God” .
Gracious Giver | If God can rescue us from death, then nothing is impossible for Him! And if He didn’t even withhold the sacrifice of His only Son in order to save us, then He won’t withhold anything from us! As Paul wrote to the Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” 
Prayer | Lord, Your promises are more real than our apparent reality. When everything seems bleak in our lives, remind our hearts to say, BUT GOD – for nothing is impossible for you and nothing can separate us from your love. Work the gospel deep into our hearts so that, when we see the cross, we remember that we were dead in our sins, BUT GOD made us alive in Christ. Amen.