The Spirit Himself Intercedes For Us…
When our spirit is shaken and sitting on unstable ground it makes the whole of life a little uneasy. It makes the whole of our world a little less welcoming, a little less beautiful and little less loving. When our spirit can’t feel the presence of God it makes our heart a little harder and mind a little less open.
Our eyes shift focus and we see things a little different. Our mind drifts to see things in our heart that may not be there. What should we say and how should we respond? We have spent our born again life being faithful to Jesus Christ that may lead us to ask a question something like… What should our response be when we meet God and He says to us…
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ~ Matthew 7:22-23 NASB95
Can we please God in this life? Do we have the capacity to live a life in the Spirit and not in the flesh? Our mind and tongue are our greatest enemy. These two battlefields, which Jesus and the Apostles / Disciples discuss at length, cause most of our problems. These two battlefields will make us go astray from God, literally, in the blink of an eye. How is it that we can live a life that is pleasing to God as we turn to Jesus Christ everyday, as we seek the Comfort, Counsel and Guidance of the Holy Spirit, but yet still sin?
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. ~ Romans 8:6-8 NASB95
We want to live our lives in service to God, walking by faith and crying out for Help from the Spirit and yet the enemy seems to always find a way to corrupt our thoughts, corrupt our tongue and harden our heart. Our heart hardens – just for a flash – and spoils the walk that was so beautiful. We seek the presence of God, we walk, breathe and live in the presence of God but struggle to understand, struggle to accept and struggle to acknowledge this fact. When does God leave us? Never…never is the answer. God is always with us. God is always present.
So, can we please God in this life? Learning this morning that prayer is not prayer and is not “asking” or “speaking” with God but it is something altogether different.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. ~ Romans 8:26-27 NASB95
Help me, Jesus Christ, in my weakness. Help my unbelief and fill my heart wth joy, with song for the King of kings and make my mind to be free of thoughts that are not from You.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.