April 1 Devotional

Happy April! Today we’ll be taking a look at Romans 8:26-30:
 
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
 
As I was reading through this this morning the first sentence struck me. I’ve been thinking through the implications of God being three persons who are co-equal, which means each of the three person of the Trinity is God. The Father is God, the Son is God, and Spirit is God. So when we come to a text like this, we’re reminded that GOD HIMSELF helps us in our weakness. And God himself indwells us as His people. And God himself will fight for us until the day we die or He calls us home. And because God himself is helping us, we can trust that no weakness will overtake us that we cannot endure. 
 
How often do you not know what to pray, or how to pray, or feel like you don’t have the right words? Yet this passage reminds us that even when we don’t know how to begin praying, the Spirit intercede with us and prays for us. This is the reminder that we have 2 intercessors: the Spirit and the Son (who again, are both God!). So, because of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can then get to one of the best known passages in the Bible. God causes everything to work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. This only happens because of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, so that we can then have hope. If the Holy Spirit isn’t at work in your life, then nothing will work out for good. 
 
Paul then ends with what is referred to as the golden chain of salvation which goes: foreknew, predestined, called, justified, glorified. Again, because it is God’s work from beginning to end, we can trust that He will bring His work in our lives to completion! That is working everything out for good! So everything we’re experiencing today is for our ultimate good, being confirmed into the image of Jesus Christ!
 
SONG:
Today’s song is a little different than any previous one as there are now words! The piece is Claire De Lune by Debussey, which was one of my favorite songs to play on piano back when I was taking lessons! It’s a wonderful piece of music to listen to as you pray through the things that are going on around you, and meditate upon God’s Word! You can listen to it on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
 
FREE STUFF:
A friend of mine sent me a link to his blog yesterday with a list of 10 documentaries to watch during this time. I’ve watched a number of them and found them really enjoyable! You can find them HERE.
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  1. Linda

     /  April 1, 2020

    Thanks for your devotion today. A quote ” He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere” came to my mind and made me smile.

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