Have you ever had days like that when everything seems to be overwhelming?
Surely I am not the only one! I was headed into despair when I heard a sermon in which God spoke to me!
Actually it was my own sermon.
This past week my wife, Laura was very busy working to get ready for Vacation Bible School, so I offered to preach at her church. The text was Romans 8:26-31. As I read the scripture and pondered what the Holy Spirit wanted to say to the people, I really knew that He was speaking to me!
And I think He wants to speak to some of you who are also struggling as well.
This passage has some of the most wonderful promises:
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. (Romans 8:26 NIV)
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 8:28 NIV)
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:30-31 NIV)
These are great words of promise to all of us who are dealing with our weaknesses and also who are feeling like there is all sorts of stuff working against us. The good news is that we belong to Jesus and He has us in the firm everlasting grip of His love and will never let us go.
The following is a video of the sermon. It was recorded from the balcony so as not to be intrusive. I pray that this may speak to you and give you some encouragement (as it did me, the preacher). I think it was also helpful to the small congregation which was filled with people who had lost their jobs, were facing medical problems or overwhelmed by family issues.
Romans 8:26-31 is an incredible passage!
“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… If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This is Jesus’ promise to us that He will help us in our weakness and also in overcoming all that is against us.