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The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness

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Romans 8 :26-27 26 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. 27 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. (Romans 8:26-27, ESV) “Likewise,” means in the same way. In the same way as what? Our salvation is great and glorious. The God of the universe, creator of all things, because of His great love for us, has given His only begotten Son, in order to both pay for our transgressions and to give us eternal life. In addition, He has given us His Holy Spirit, so that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells within us. By the power of this Spirit and because of His grace, He has freed us from the law of sin and death. As a result, there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Although we enjoy this grea

Hope

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Romans 8:18-25 “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” ( 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT ) According to Scripture, hope will last forever, along with faith and love. In Isaiah 40:31 the Scriptures say: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ( Isaiah 40:31 KJV ) “But they that wait upon the Lord” is sometimes translated “hope in the Lord,” and at other times translated “trust in the Lord.” Hope and faith are tied closely together. The dictionary defines hope as: ...to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true ...to trust The Christian cherishes a desire with anticipation for the return of Christ. We also trust that this will happen, not in a “wishing it to be true” sort of way. Rather, we anticipate it and hope in it because we have great confidenc

Living in the Spirit

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Romans 8:1-17 Our world is darkened by sin. Violence, murder, hatred and war abound. Even in our homes, there is violence. While we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, the child of God has been set free from the law of sin and death. Although sin is at work in the world, the child of God has been redeemed, saved from sin. However, this does not mean that we do not sin, nor does it mean that our physical bodies do not die. It does not mean that we are free from the physical ravages of sin, such as pain and suffering. On the other hand, it does mean that we walk in newness of life. It does mean that we are new creatures in Christ. Romans 8:1-17 speaks of this newness of life. These verses show us what it means to live as new creatures in Christ. Romans 8:1-17 shows us that we are called to live according to the Spirit. This calling shows up in three ways in which this newness of life affects us. These three things are: 1.        Verses 1-4 show us