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SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:28a

For our devotion series, we are looking at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text, we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

After learning that the Lord’s perfect will is always done as the result of the Spirit’s intercessory prayers on our behalf…. We  know that all things work together for good.   To understand the thrust of this section of Scripture, we need to have a firm understanding of what is meant by “our good”.  Our devotion will center on coming to an understanding of this phrase.

There are two Greek words commonly translated “good” in the NT…

1. Kalos – this word carries with it the idea of “physically beauty” or being “pleasing to the sight”. It normally centers on the attractive appearance of something, whether it is “good” people, actions or objects. Example: “He made this good statue”… meaning that the statue was pleasing to the eyes, it was attractive to look at.  It draws our attention to how the statue looks to our physical eyes.

2. Agathos – this word carries with it no physical, outward aspect to it.  It refers to morality that is within someone, or something that is beneficial to us.  Example: “He is a good man”.  This guy could be uglier than dirt, but he is morally upright and pleasing to God, or perhaps he was very helpful to someone in need.  It draws our attention away from this guy’s appearance, whether he was handsome or ugly, and places our attention on his being, nature or character.

In our text the phrase “our good” is translated from a Greek word agathos. This teaches us that, when we are facing the different circumstances in life, although they may not APPEAR as if they are for our good, we can rest assured that they are.  The Greek word here specifically takes appearance totally out of the picture and centers our attention on the true nature of the circumstance.  This is a very important point to understand this great promise from God.

I have found throughout my life and the lives of others I have spoken with…. One of the greatest difficulties we face during times of trials and heartaches is centering on the “appearance” of things.  When faced with extreme difficulties we always get the idea that, based upon a surface appearance, they are harmful and “bad” for us.  But in this verse, we have the clear reminder that we should avoid the situation’s appearance and concentrate on the real, hidden value of this situation.   In other words, during times of trials we 2 Cor 5:7we walk by faith, not by sight:

Truly, we can be assured; in times of difficulties when our fleshly weaknesses and inabilities are brought into view, it is these very situations that ALWAYS work for our benefit. They may appear very harmful to us through our human eyes of flesh but, through the eyes of faith, we can rest assured God’s Word will always be true and this situation will ALWAYS work for our benefit.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Christ Is The Way…

Prov 12:28 (KJV) In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.

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SIH STSTA ICONThe US holiday we commonly call “Labor Day” was “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”   (The History of Labor Day”, US Gvt DOL website – http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm)  In times past, Labor Day was commonly referred to as the “working man’s holiday”.  Specifically set aside in appreciation for the hard work of the American citizen (especially members of the Labor Unions).

Speaking for myself, I always look forward to Labor Day, enjoying an additional paid day off work and much needed time with my family.  But as much as I enjoy the US Labor Day celebration, there is a much greater Labor Day in the future for those of us that are servants of the Lord.  Let’s take a few minutes and learn more about the…

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:27b

For our devotion series, we are looking at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text, we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:27  …knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

To understand this text, we have to remember what we have learned in the previous verse.  If we recall, we saw that when we are unable to verbalize our request to the Lord… “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered

Now, we are told that “(God) knoweth what is the mind of the Spiritin other words, our Heavenly Father hears and completely understands what the Spirit is saying.  We can rest assured the Spirit’s message to the Father gets through “loud and clear”!   What a blessing it is to know we have an intercessor with a perfect message that is always received, understood and accepted by God the Father.

But our text takes all of this a step farther… “because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.  This explains why the Father always is receptive to the intercession made by the Spirit. It is because the Spirit’s requests are always made in alignment with the Father’s will.  The Spirit, being God, knows what the divine will for any particular circumstance is.  He molds His intercession into conformity to that perfect will of God.

What a wonderful promise of God!… When we are faced with situations that expose our weaknesses and inabilities; and we are so devastated by our circumstances we do not know what to say to our God it is then that we can know that ….

1. The indwelling Spirit perfectly intervenes on our behalf and communicates with unspeakable words.

2. The Father understands our situation, weaknesses, feelings, concerns and desires.

3. The Father will receive, understand and accept the Spirit’s intercession on our behalf.

4. The Father will fulfill the request made by the Spirit.  This answer will be the best solution for us and bring Him the most glory.

Is the burden of our sinful flesh becoming intolerable for us?  Does it seem as if our inabilities have overwhelmed us?  Are we at a loss for words as we attempt to come before the Lord in prayer over this matter?  Don’t give up hope.  Know that the Spirit is intervening on our behalf and God’s will is being done in the situation you are facing.  We will work out everything for your best!

To God be the glory great things He hath done!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:27a

For our devotion series, we are looking at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text, we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

We remember in our previous lessons:

1. at times, we experience the effects of our fallen condition, which in many circumstances will render us unable to faithfully accomplish our service to Him’

2. in those situations, also due to our fallen condition, we finds ourselves struggling as we pray to God for assistance.

3. the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf, helping us bear the burden of our weakness by aiding us as we pray.

Now, in the beginning portion of Romans 8:27 we are reminded of a very important fact about our God. “And he that searcheth the heartsteaches us that our God searches our hearts.  This truth about God holds three different ideas that can be an encouragement for us….

1. The Lord knows our sincerity in wanting to pray and explain to Him our situation, weaknesses and desires.

1Chr 28:9 (KJV) – And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

2.  The Lord knows exactly what we are facing and what we are feeling.

Heb 4:13-16 (KJV) – Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

3. The Lord knows what is the best remedy for the situation we face.

Matt 6:8 (KJV) – 8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

When we see ourselves struggling to remain faithful to Him, feeling the effects of our many infirmities and weaknesses, let’s keep in mind that our Lord knows our hearts.  In other words, He knows everything about us, our weaknesses, our struggles, our desires for service and our needs.

During times of weakness, let us boldly continue to approach Him, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit,realizing that the Lord is able and willing to meet our every need.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Blessed Now and Forever…

Ps 23:6 (KJV)  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Preaching… Revealing His Word As He Commands….

Titus 1:3 (KJV) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

The Precious Word Bible Study Series – The Word Reveals Our Condition (Lesson #8)

1Sa 3:1 “ … And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; …”

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Throughout the ages mankind has been plagued by death.  Every man who ever lived, regardless of social status, wealth, education, gender, nationality, or religious affiliation has died.  The only exceptions to this are the few members of mankind alive today.  In their case, apart from the Lord’s 2nd coming, they will certainly taste of death in the near future.

It is this universal death event for which men must be prepared.  How can we prepare ourselves for the coming death if we do not understand our spiritual standing before God Almighty?  It is only by honestly coming to a conclusion about our spiritual condition that will allow us to know what preparation is needed for the coming day of death.

The Bible is the only infallable source that will show us clearly, truthfully, and without compromise our condition before God.  This is another reason why the Word is precious to us.

SCRIPTURES:

Rom 5:12-14

(KJV) (12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (13) (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

(ESV) (12) Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (13) for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. (14) Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

Rom 6:23 

(KJV) (23) For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(ECV) (23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Eph 2:4-5

(KJV) (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

(ESV) (4) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, (5) even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

THE STUDY:

To begin our search to find our true spiritual condition before Almighty God, let’s look at Rom 5:12-14 …

(12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

To help us to understand our condition, the Lord points us back to the Garden of Eden.  He relates to us the actions of the first man Adam.  How do the actions of Adam affect our spiritual condition?  Adam is not only our physical ancestor but also, in a sense, our spiritual ancestor.  The results of his actions have been passed down to all of us as members of mankind.  In this passage several results of Adam’s sin are given to us:

  1. Sin (a condition falling short of perfection) has now became a part of the world in which we live.  We now live in a fallen world in which we see the results of sin on every hand: imperfection, injustice, suffering, sickness, sorrow and death.
  2. Sinful mankind now possesses an imperfect nature that is predisposed to choose and commit acts of imperfection and disobedience.  We now, as a part of our nature, will choose to rebel and sin against our Creator.  Sin has now become a part of our very being.
  3. Sinful mankind is now sentenced to death. When the Bible speaks of fallen mankind experiencing death, it is speaking of two different types of death:
    1. Physical death – Due to mankind’s sinful condition, our bodies now suffer from pain and sickness. They will gradually become weak, grow old, and eventually die.  This type of death involves the separation of the eternal spirit from physical the body.
    2. Spiritual death –While alive on earth fallen men is separated from God; they experience no communion, or fellowship with Him.  At physical death, fallen mankind experiences permanent separation from Almighty God in the Lake of Fire. This type of death involves mankind’s spirit being separated from Almighty God.

(13) For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Sin was in existence from the time of Adam throughout the history of mankind.  The existence of sin before the 10 commandments proves that some type of “law” existed in Adam’s day.  If no law existed during the times of Adam, then sin could not exist, because sin is “the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).  What was the law that Adam had broken?  It was, at least, one of the commands that God initially gave to Adam (Gen 1:28-30).

(14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

The first Adam is a “figure” of Christ who is the second Adam. (1 Cor 15:45-47) Just as through Adam death came upon all, through Christ we can find life everlasting.

This principle is emphasized in Romans 6:23…

(23) For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Here we find that, although we are born spiritually dead, there is One through which we can receive eternal life… our Lord Jesus Christ.

The idea of being spiritually dead should not be overlooked or skimmed over lightly.  It holds a very grim significance for all of us.  To be truly dead implies that we are unable to restore ourselves to life.

For example, suppose that someone suffocates and dies.  Rescue workers are called to the scene.  They bring the oxygen tank and mask to the victim.  They set it next to the victim and then stand back and wait.  Can the one who is dead reach up, turn on the oxygen, and place the mask on their face?  Of course not.  What the victim needs is for the rescue workers to perform CPR, and place the oxygen mask upon their face.   They are totally reliant on the rescue workers, if they are to be restored to life.

So, too the condition of a lost man.  There is absolutely nothing they can do, apart from God’s gracious intervention, to restore themselves to spiritual life:

  1. They cannot perform good works to merit salvation, because their      works are simply filthy rags in God’s sight (Isa 64:6)
  2. They cannot trust Christ of their own ability, because faith is a      gift from God (Eph 2:8-9)
  3. They cannot turn from their sinful acts, because this can only be      done by God’s power (Acts 11:18)
  4. They do not desire to come to the Lord, because there is none who      naturally seek after God (Rom 3:9-12)

The list could go on and on…

This is the true condition of all mankind apart from the intervention of God.

THE APPLICATION:

To summarize a spiritually dead person’s condition and salvation experience we need to look

Eph 2:4-5…

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  (5)  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Notice that “even when we were dead in sins”…. The Lord intervened.  Out of His great love, He has given us spiritual life even when we were still dead in our sins.   This is salvation through Christ, not ourselves.  This is salvation by grace, not our own works.   This is the condition of mankind and the genuine salvation that God so graciously gives to us.

With an understanding of our spiritually dead condition comes an understanding of OUR NEED OF SALVATION and also OUR NEED TO TRUST IN CHRIST ALONE for that salvation.

When burdened to come to Christ, we must come with an attitude of total reliance on Him…. If He does not save us, we will not be saved. When we approach Him it must be with the spirit that says, “Dear Lord, I know I can do nothing to please you.  I realize I can do nothing that will bring salvation to myself.  If you do not intervene in my life, and grant me spiritual life, forgiveness and righteousness through the work of Christ, I will not be saved.”

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The Call To Separation: The Imperative

2Cor 6:14-18  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hathrighteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

During the course of our series we have seen, just as the above verses reflect, the need to live lives that are separated from sin to the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our final lesson in this series, I would like us to answer a very simple question…. “Why is it important that a Christian live a life separated from the sin of this world?”   May the Lord bless us as we finish our study on “The Call To Separation” .

THE SCRIPTURES:

Romans 7:22           Romans 12:1-2         Romans 13:11-14               Ephesians 4:20-32

1 Timothy 1:18-19    2 Timothy 4:6-8       Hebrews 2:9-18                 Hebrews 12:1-4

Hebrews 12:4-14      1 Peter 1:14-16        Revelation 4:10-11

THE STUDY:

“Why is it important that a Christian live a life separated from the sin of this world?”

Reason #1 – The Lord’s coming is closer than ever before…

Rom 13:11-14  And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

Reason #2 – We will receive eternal rewards that we can use to glorify    Christ throughout eternity…

2Tim 4:6-8  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Rev 4:10-11  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Reason #3 – To Affirm God’s Will To Those Around Us…

Rom 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Reason #4 – To Testify of God’s Holiness…

1Pet 1:13-16  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Reason #5 – To Avoid A Shipwrecked Testimony …

1Tim 1:18-19  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Reasons #6 thru 10 – To Not Give Place To The Devil… To Meet The Needs Of Others…. To Minister Grace To Those Around Us… To Avoid Grieving The  Spirit….To Display The Forgiveness of Christ…

Eph 4:20-32  But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 Reason #11 – To Avoid Our Heavenly Father’s Chastening …

Heb 12:4-14  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.  Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Reason #12 – Simply Because We Want To …

Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have been made separate to His service by His wondrous grace….

Let us all seek to run the race that is set before us: to live separated lives that glorify and honor our Lord…

Heb 12:1-4  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

For those who have yet to be separated from the bondage of sin ….

Look to Christ in faith as the One who died for us, so that we might be removed from the bondage of sin and separated from this world for His service….

Heb 2:9-18  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

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If you continue to have questions or concerns about your salvation, find a Bible-believing church in your area.  The Pastor would be glad to share Christ and the way of salvation with you.   If you feel more comfortable communicating through email, you are always welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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Not A Zombie… Not A Mummy… The Power Of Christ!

John 11:41-44 (KJV)  Then they took away the stone [from the place] where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up [his] eyes, and said,… he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Do We Pray For Those Who Are Against Us?

Num 21:6-7 (KJV) …   Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:26c

For our devotion series, I are looking at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text, we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:26c Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

From our text, we know that the Spirit of God helps us to bear the load of our weaknesses, inabilities and the many effects of our fallen nature.  One of the ways He does this is by assisting in our prayer life. Although we know a Christian should take his burdens and weaknesses to Christ, his struggles to properly voice his situation to God.  Our lesson this morning deals with the Spirit’s intervention in this type of situation.  What does He do when we cannot verbalize our needs in prayer?

the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

When we find we are unable to verbalize our situation and our desires to the Lord, the Spirit intervenes by making intercession for us.  What is meant by “maketh intercession”?  This phrase comes from two Greek words that are fused together:

1. The first word means “on behalf of”

2. the second word is defined as “to meet with” or “to have a conference with”.

When we put these together the idea is this: “to make intercession” means “to hold a meeting on behalf of another.”   In other words, when we do not know what to say to our Lord, the indwelling Spirit shares the burden of our inability to pray by verbalizing our intents to God!  He stands in our place and makes our requests and pleas from within us. What a blessing!

But how does He make those requests on our behalf?…  “with groanings which cannot be uttered”.  First of all, please notice the Spirit intervenes with groanings that we cannot verbalize.  It is a type of spiritual communication that cannot be enjoyed by man.  In other words, they cannot come from the physical mouth of man.

Why are they described as groanings?  Many times, when we groan, it is an expression of pain, sorrow, or another type of distress.   This helps us to understand the Spirit is sharing in the distress we are experiencing.  Remember, he is bearing this inability WITH us.  He knows exactly what we are going through and our feelings of inability.  He is now “standing by our side” and “standing up for us” by expressing our situation and desires to our God. He does this in a way that we cannot even begin to experience of our own ability.

What a wonderful promise to know that the Spirit within us will stand on our behalf in prayer concerning our weaknesses, even when we cannot express our feelings, experiences and desires.  The next time we face a situation that, literally, “leaves us speechless” before God… keep heart for we know the Spirit is helping us!   What a wonderful blessing!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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God Provided Himself …

Gen 22:7-8 (KJV)  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:26b

For our next devotion series, I would like us to look at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:26b … Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:

In our last lesson we saw that the Lord promises His children that the Holy Spirit will accompany and bear the weaknesses we experience in our service to Him.  These weaknesses involve physical illnesses as well as any other hindrance we may suffer due to our fallen nature.

In our text we can see one of the struggles that we all face from time to time… the inability to explain our needs, experiences and emotions during our weak moments.  What are some of the reasons why the experience of our weaknesses can leave us speechless?

1. we do not know the words to use to verbalize our experience and emotions

2. we do not know the cause of the hindrance

3. we do not know what is the best solution for the situation

These are three of the biggest causes of our inability to express our needs to the Lord.  What is the remedy to this situation?  This is where the Holy Spirit comes in.  This is one of the ways that He “helpeth our infirmities”. (We will look at this gracious work of the Spirit in more detail in our next devotional.)

Note the phrase “as we ought”.  This tells us bringing our weaknesses to the Lord and giving them over to Him is something that we should be doing… “we ought to do it”.  We should never feel like bringing our needs to Him is a burden on Him or an annoyance.   This is what He desires for us to do.

Heb 4:14-16 (KJV)  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Phil 4:6-7 (KJV)  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1Pet 5:7 (KJV)  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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All Before He Took His First Breath!

Jer 1:4-5 (KJV) Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:26a

For our next devotion series, I would like us to look at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In our text we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord …. Rom 8:26a Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:

 To begin our study, it is important for us to understand what is meant by the term “infirmities”.   If we study the  word that is translated “infirmity” we find it means “any area of weakness’.   Normally, in the New Testament this word is used to describe a physical illness or affliction, but not always.

A few of the exceptions are:

1. In 1 Cor 15:43, we are told that our physical bodies were brought into existence in “in weakness”.  In other words, our physical bodies are fallen susceptible to illness, limited in power, and capable of sin.  In this sense our bodies are “infirmed” (or weak).

2. Also in 2 Cor 13:4, we are told that Christ was crucified in “weakness” (infirmity) but was resurrected by the power of God.  In other words, Christ’s physical body was not eternal in nature, it was fleshly and human, it was capable of dying.  It was “weak”.  His crucifixion proved this.

3. Also, MANY times Paul uses the term in lists describing the many hindrances to the gospel that he faced. He could have been speaking about physical illnesses but, probably, he was referring to all the different weaknesses that his fallen flesh was exhibiting as he served the Lord.

When we are told that the Spirit “helpeth our infirmities”  we are being given a promise that the Spirit will help us in any area of weakness we may experience in our service to the Lord. This would include physical illnesses but goes far beyond that.  It would also include things such as struggling with sin, tiredness, lack of strength, inability to speak a foreign language, inability to understand a spiritual truth, the list is endless.

The other important word to understand is the word “helpeth”.  This word involves two ideas… “to share” and “to relieve by participating”.  To help us understand this idea, think of our weakness as a large heavy weight that is hindering our service and burdensome to bear.  The Spirit will relieve us of the burden by sharing it with us.

In some cases, the Lord will graciously intervene in our lives and totally remove our weaknesses from us, but that is NOT what is being promised to us in this section of Scripture.  Here, the promise is for a lessoning of our infirmities by accompanying us.  When we experience weakness in service, we can count on the Lord being there for us, gracing us, sharing our burden and giving us the ability to continue to serve Him while still affected by these weaknesses.

Are we struggling in an area of service to which we are called?  He is with us every step of the way and He will meet our every need if we only look to Him!

2Cor 4:8-16 (KJV)  [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death worketh in us, but life in you…For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Do We Sincerely Love Him? Or Do We Betray Him With Our Kisses?

Matt 26:48-49   Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.  And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him…

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 8:26-28 Intro

For our next devotion series, I would like us to look at “Prayer and the Will of God”.  In the following text we find some very precious promises given to us by our Lord through the Apostle Paul….

Rom 8:26-28 (KJV)  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Most of us are quite familiar with verse 28 and rightfully so.  It is a tremendous blessing to realize that all that takes place in a Christian’s life will work for their eventual benefit.  But what’s interesting is the previous two verses in this context… the previous verses promise us that the Lord is actively, through the Holy Spirit, assisting us in our prayer life (vs 26).

So in our text, we actually have a double blessing that is especially important to us during times of trials, heartaches and need:

1.The Lord is enabling our prayers to Him – This promise encourages us NOW before the issue is resolved.

2. He promises the event will work for our benefit.  This promise applies to NOW, but especially the FUTURE, when the issue is completed and the spiritual benefits to us have been received.

Many times we find the Lord encourages us in the same basic way in many differing contexts.  He promises His presence with us now and future blessings, received in eternity or later in our lifetime.  This seems to be the pattern of our encouragement from Him.  In other words… in a VERY GENERAL way the pattern goes something like this…

We can be encouraged in the here and now …. HE IS WITH US.

Heb 13:5  “[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

We can always look ahead and be encouraged …. MANY BLESSINGS ARE YET TO COME…

1Cor 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Let’s keep these truths in our heart today as we face whatever the day may bring forth.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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If we appreciate them we will pray for them….

Phlm 1:4-5 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,  Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1Cor 6:20b

1Cor 6:20 (KJV)

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

In our last part of this devotion series, I wanted us to notice the phrase “therefore glorify God”.  What does it mean to “glorify” God?  We all have a basic idea of the meaning of this phrase. but I would like to take a few minutes to examine it more closely.

The word translated “glorify” in this verse comes from a root word in the Greek language that means “to appear”. “to think”, or “to seem”.   It involves the idea of “reputation” or “status”.  It is what others “think” of Him, or what He “appears to be” to them, or what He “seems to be like” to those who know Him.

When Paul tells us that we should “glorify” Christ, he is saying that we should enhance others’ opinions about Him.  We should do all we can to make sure He has an honorable, reverential  testimony in the eyes of those who come in contact with us.

How do we do this?  By living lives that point others to Him.  Folks, as professing Christians, what we say about Him, our actions and words around others, and our lifestyle choices we make, reflect not only our character, but they reflect upon the person and work of Christ also.

As we end our study of 1 Cor 6:19-20, let’s keep in mind, after all He has done for us… as recipients of the graces of physical and spiritual life, let us renew our commitment to do all in our power to bring honor and praise to Him in the eyes of those around us.  In other words, let’s “glorify” Him!

1Cor 6:19-20 (KJV)

19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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