from Lynda Lindsey
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. Romans 8:26-28
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Believers, grace filled, Spirit-led, no longer enslaved in sin and no longer God’s enemies, are reconciled to God. As recipients of new life in Christ, who died and rose again for us, we have God’s enabling power to pursue a God-honoring life. Filled with hope, even in the midst of suffering, we are more than conquerors! None can condemn us, for God is on the side of those who love Him, working everything together for our good while we labor to bear fruit for God’s kingdom. With God for us and the Spirit helping us, we have hope now and for all eternity, no matter our circumstances.
Suffering and loss? Inevitable. Death, at some point, will overtake us. But eternal life awaits after physical death; the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the future glory that will be revealed to us. We have a future inheritance, a future hope, waiting for us in heaven that is imperishable. We will have new, incorruptible bodies and our character will be finally and fully made perfect. We, along with all creation, yearn for this glory to be revealed. It is our present hope and our hope yet future, our hope from the time of our salvation, and it is certain and sure.
We wait, and walk, in both hope and faith. We persevere faithfully in the here and now while eagerly looking ahead to what is not yet. The Holy Spirit empowers us to stay the course, steadies us in faith, comforts us while we wait, and faithfully intercedes for us when we don’t know what to say in prayer. What God has ordained, He will bring to pass. He cannot fail to accomplish His purpose; no thing, nor any power, can circumvent God’s will nor separate us from Christ’s love. Nothing. We are in all things more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us. Thanks be to God!