Tag: Romans 8:26-28

Thankful for God’s Purposes!

Scripture reading for July 18th:  Proverbs 16-20

Key Scriptures:  Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  Proverbs 20:5  “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.”  Proverbs 20:24  “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand his own way?”

The writer of Proverbs understood a little of the mystery of God’s purposes and direction of men.  Men have many plans and dreams of the future and what it might hold.  They often try and work out those plans and purposes.  Men of insight into God’s will and Word draw out God’s purposes from the deep waters of the heart of God.  But sometimes, man’s steps are taken from the path of our will into new territory through events and circumstances beyond our control.  This is a mystery only understood as we seek God and walk with Him.

Our God leads us into His will:  “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 with groans that words cannot express.  And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.  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.”  (Romans 8:26-28)

 

 

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Help in our weakness!

Scripture reading for June 23rd:  Romans 8

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 8:26-28 “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 with groans that words cannot express.  And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.  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.”

The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is the best gift in many ways!   The Holy Spirit comes into us and gives us a new heart that now wants to do God’s will.  The Spirit brings the life and truth of God’s Word to life in us.  The Spirit helps us in our human weakness of both body and mind.  Paul says that the Spirit, through our prayer language, intercedes for us with groans, or spiritual language, that is beyond our ability to express in human words.  The Holy Spirit perfectly knows the mind of God and our heart as well, and His interceding enables us to understand that God is working all things for our good and His purposes.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers allow the Holy Spirit to pray through them at all times, empowering them in weakness and times of seeking God’s will.  This act of faith brings assurance that God is working for our good to fulfill His calling for us.  “Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress, be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”  (Psalm 4:1)

 

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