Note from Jesus
Dear Child of the Father,
All creation waits on tiptoe for the day I return and bring you home to the Father. On that day, you will experience “the total redemption of [y]our bodies that comes when [y]our adoption as children of God is complete.” However, I want you to realize that not only is the Holy Spirit your “guarantee, a down payment of the things to come,” but He is also My sustaining power and presence in your life and will help you in many ways. Here are three truths you will find in the verses today:
- The Spirit intercedes for you when you pray and even “steps in and articulates [your] prayers… with groaning too profound for words” when you can’t find the words to pray.
- The Spirit’s presence is a constant reminder that, because of My presence at the Father’s side, nothing can ever separate you from the His love.
- The Spirit Whose power raised Me from the dead is your assurance of ultimate victory just as I was victorious over sin, death, and hell.
Treasure these assurances. Trust in the Spirit’s presence. Glory awaits!
Verses to Live
There are so many good things that await you. And I know that, even though you cannot see them now, you yearn for them. That is why I promised that I would not leave you alone, but that I would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with you and to help you until I come back for you (Acts 2:32-33; Titus 3:3-7; John 14:18-26). So today, the verses come from things that Paul wrote to the Romans about blessings that the Spirit brings to Christians, including you; I want you to read these verses several times. Find a few especially meaningful sentences to memorize. Then when times are tough, let the Holy Spirit remind you of these truths and fill your heart with the assurance that you are the Father’s child, My beloved co-heir of the kingdom of God, and a person in whom the Spirit of the almighty God lives.
Now I’m sure of this: the sufferings we endure now are not even worth comparing to the glory that is coming and will be revealed in us. For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. And there is more; it’s not just creation — all of us are groaning together too. Though we have already tasted the firstfruits of the Spirit, we are longing for the total redemption of our bodies that comes when our adoption as children of God is complete — for we have been saved in this hope and for this future. But hope does not involve what we already have or see. For who goes around hoping for what he already has? But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation.
A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words. Don’t you know that He Who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God? We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. As for those He chose beforehand, He called them to a different destiny so that they would experience what it means to be made right with God and share in His glory.
So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear? If He did not spare His own Son, but handed Him over on our account, then don’t you think that He will graciously give us all things with Him? Can anyone be so bold as to level a charge against God’s chosen? Especially since God’s “not guilty” verdict is already declared. Who has the authority to condemn? Jesus the Anointed Who died, but more importantly, conquered death when He was raised to sit at the right hand of God where He pleads on our behalf. So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. As the psalm says,
On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly; we are like sheep awaiting slaughter.
But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him Who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing — not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing — can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.
Response in Prayer
O Father, thank You for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the Spirit’s ministry of intercession for me, His work in me to transform me, and His presence in me to be my Comforter. I ask, dear Father, that I will always be aware of the Spirit’s presence, especially in times of hardship, trials, and temptations. I ask that the Holy Spirit open my mind and my heart to know, remember, and apply the Scriptures that He inspired. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for pouring out the Holy Spirit on me when I was born anew into the Father’s family. I find great comfort in knowing that I am never alone and that the Spirit, Who empowered Your resurrection, is working in me. Amen.
‘A Year with Jesus’ is written by Phil Ware.
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