Monday, January 31, 2011

In Everything, God Causes You Good!

Rom. 8:26-30  
  26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

We were discussing the power we receive from God's Spirit after HE takes up residence within us because of our faith in Christ. He even helps us to wait patiently for His eventual revealing of all truth and eternity. So many of us are impatient. I know I often am. But this weakness, like all our other weaknesses are targets for God's Spirit in us. He helps us with them, says Paul in verse 26.  We learn the awesome truth that God's Holy Spirit is even praying for us when we can't think of the right words to pray. Feel called to prayer but don't know what to say. Just breath the name of Jesus and begin to tell him your unconditional love. Begin to confess your struggles (that He already knows about) and that Might Spirit of God that cast the entire universe in His limitless mind will initiate prayers to Himself on your behalf that go far beyond what you could imagine.

Jesus often spoke of the unity between God the father and The Son. That same unity is in the unity between the Holy Spirit and the Father and The son. So when God the Spirit prays for you, The Father hears and The Son says Amen! If we could hear the conversations around that Holy throne room there would be a ceaseless hum of prayer from the Spirit of God and the angles and beings already gathered there on the behalf of saints still living here and ones even yet to be born. That Spirit of God is, in fact, pleading our cases, each one of us. He is our advocate, promoting our needs in ways that are compatible with the Will of God for us. That is why Romans 8:28 is a favorite verse to so many-- me included. It teaches me that
  • in everything-- there is nothing left out there;
  • God causes-- He initiates interventions into my life;
  • everything to work together for good-- regardless of how painful or disturbing the challenges we face, they will result in ultimate 'good' for the will of God in creation;
  • . . .for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
Whatever you face, when you face it hand-in-hand with God and yielded to His will, no matter what happens, ultimate good for YOU will result. Doesn't that thought just get you jumping and shouting praises to Him today?  It does me. Let's rejoice together!
Your servant in Christ's "Good"

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