WORD FROM THE CENTER: MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
WORD FROM THE CENTER: MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections on His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verses are Romans 8:26-27, where the Bible says,
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
GOD EVEN PRAYS FOR YOU!
Romans 8 remains one of my favorite chapters in all of the Bible. It tells it like it is about the incredible blessings that believers have through faith in Jesus Christ alone. In chapter 7, the Apostle Paul expressed the wretchedness of our situation without Jesus. In this chapter he describes the rescue that is provided for all through the person and work of Jesus for us and for all. He speaks of “no condemnation,” “set free,” “hope,” and being “more than conquerors.” These are all realities in and through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to read, mark, and inwardly digest these truths every day of our lives. They are daily bread for eternal life. The articulate the power of God for your salvation and mine.
Another way of describing our new status with God because of Jesus is to call us “co-heirs” with Christ, sharers in His cross-earned, resurrection-delivered glory (verses 17-18). To be co-heirs with Jesus means that all which He earned for us by His life, death, and resurrection (e.g., forgiveness, life, and salvation) are God’s will for us by grace through faith in Jesus alone. Paul encourages us by affirming that “all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (verse 14). Because of Christ, you are God's child! The Holy Spirit invites us to take all our imperfections and failures and bring them to Jesus. He invites us to pack up our pain and hurts in life and lay them before our Savior. The Spirit even challenges us to give over our doubts and fears to God, for, in Christ, we are God’s children and nothing that can separate us from His love (verses 16, 39). In verse 17, Paul says it this way, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ."
You are an heir of God the Father! Can you imagine? Sometimes it’s almost too wonderful to be believed. Whatever seems precious and valuable in this life, it’s nothing compared to what a believer has in Christ.
That’s why I love the other point of our devotion today. The God who created you, redeemed you, and even brings life and salvation to you, also prays for you. Our weaknesses, our sin, and our moral and spiritual incapacities, don’t stop the Holy Spirit from being God’s helper for us in time of need. God the Father sends His Son as our Savior (John 3:16-17). Jesus then sends the Holy Spirit to be our life-giver, our faith-giver, our counselor, and our comforter (John 16:7-15). We sure do need that clear voice in our lives, as well as the loving attention the Spirit provides. When we struggle with issues in our lives, the Holy Spirit is at work testifying to us through the Word of God that no matter the circumstances of the moment, we are God’s people in Christ, now and forever. When we are overwhelmed by the mortality of life or the transient nature of all things this side of heaven, the Holy Spirit takes upon himself our groans and presents our prayers before God’s throne of grace. Isn’t it amazing to hear that our God is that concerned with our lives each and every moment of every day?
Sometimes we need straight talk that cuts through all the hype of this world and reminds us that there’s something way more precious than any of this. That’s what Paul is trying to tell us all today. In Christ, by the power of His Spirit, we are adopted into God’s family by faith. We are His children; we are heirs with Christ. That’s the love that God the Father has for us in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Believe it! And even when you struggle with faith in Him because of the circumstances of the day, remember that the Holy Spirit is right there with you lifting you up before the Father and comforting you with the blessings of Christ and His Word. I pray, and the Spirit prays, that you see how precious that really is for you today and always.
PRAYER – Dear Heavenly Father, I believe in you; help my unbelief. Especially during those times when I can’t imagine why or how you love me in Christ, then and there may Your Holy Spirit especially give me courage to trust You then, and always. AMEN.
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