ROMANS 8:26 ON 8/26

TL ROMANS 8 26 ON 8 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.  – Romans 8:26

LIFT WITH YOUR KNEES

Hands up, everyone who readily admits that they are weak.  Our ego rarely permits us to make such a bold statement, but as we’ve discussed before, as we pray there is no room for false pride or cover-ups.  He already knows what we need before we ask, so being completely forthright and honest before Him behooves us.

Jesus knew exactly what He was doing when He left His Holy Spirit, the Comforter, with us before He ascended to heaven.

No, I don’t know how God’s Holy Spirit can help all of us at the same time.  No, I don’t know how He can hear each of us when we pray – and treat each one of us as though we were the only child.  My human mind cannot even begin to fathom the “how”, but my faith tells me it is so.

The concept of the Trinity is amazing to me.  I mean, what an awesome plan, to have God, the Creator and Father of us all, then send Jesus to earth to save mankind once and for all.  As though that was not enough, we were not left alone to navigate this life.  The blessed Holy Spirit helps us every step of the way!  He is the One who lends comfort when we are distressed, and helps us to pray when all we can do is weep with no audible words.  He knows our thoughts and our needs before we even bow before God the Father.

Christian, know that today you are surrounded by supernatural power from on High.  God the Father loved us so much that He gave Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice, sinless and loving.  Even when Jesus ascended to heaven, He was thinking of us.  He left His precious Holy Spirit to live in our hearts to love us and help us along.  All we have to do is ask Him for help.

No, it’s not a natural thing to be weak, but if we can just be humble before God, He will be there and the Holy Spirit will make intercession on our behalf.  🙂

 

LUKE 7:13 ON 7/13

TL LUKE 7 13 ON 7 13

When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”  – Luke 7:13

I love the writings of Dr. Luke!  He observes and writes about the awesome and tender moments between Jesus and women.  The compassion that our LORD extends to us goes beyond any other, and there are times when I need to read these accounts and be reminded that there is a friend who sticks  closer than a brother.  He loves me above anything that I can ask or think.  He knows me better than anyone.  He comforts my aching soul and encourages me with the words, “Don’t cry.”

I wish Jesus could come and sit beside me and hold my hand – I mean really hold my hand, you know?  But we heard him say He would not leave us alone, didn’t we?  Before He ascended to heaven, we heard Him say He would leave His Holy Spirit with us.  It is His Holy Spirit that tells us that it’s going to be okay – and we need to stay strong until the end.

Can you imagine the grief of this mother?  Her only son was being carried out – dead.  She feels so hopeless and can’t believe this is happening to her again.  Dr. Luke said that she is already a widow – so she has gone through the funeral for her husband.

The good doctor tells us that there is a sizeable crowd from the city weeping with her.  We’re thankful for neighbors and friends when we suffer loss, aren’t we?  They were there to support her, and she’s so glad because she apparently has no other family left.

Then there’s verse 13 – When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

The story doesn’t end there…  Jesus was not finished yet.

And He (Jesus) came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”

This mother got her son back.  She was no longer alone, but better still, she and the large crowd witnessed first-hand the miracle that Jesus performed.  He went about doing good to glorify His Father in heaven.

REACH IN FAITH

So hear God’s Holy Spirit speak to your spirit today…  don’t cry.  God has every situation under control.  We’re broken today – but one day in heaven, we will be whole and together.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (13)

ALMOND BLOSSOMS

The most obvious reference about almond blossoms is the famous group of paintings made in 1888 and 1890 by Vincent Van Gogh. The blossoms represented awakening and hope for good reason. The famous artist had just become an uncle! His brother and sister-in-law named their little bundle of joy after Vincent. The paintings were done with great joy. It’s no accident that he used this subject. Almond blossoms are the first to appear and announce that spring has arrived.

There are also a couple of references in the Bible about almond blossoms. Keep in mind that in the mind of the artist, the blossoms represented awakening, hope and renewal. The parallel between the Biblical and the secular applications is astounding to me.

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then said the LORD unto me, “You have seen well: for I am ready to perform My word.” – Jeremiah 1:11, 12.

Jeremiah was just a teen when God called him to be a prophet. He didn’t volunteer for the job, but he was faithful. He was known as the weeping prophet. God had a specific purpose for Jeremiah. He was a prophet during the reign of 5 different kings. But this was the beginning of the long road. This was the awakening, the renewal. Before Jeremiah spoke, he needed to see.

God doesn’t use visions to help us much anymore – or maybe I should say He hasn’t used visions or dreams to help me. But the beautiful almond blossoms helped the young weeping prophet learn the lessons he needed to learn at the beginning of his journey. What lesson is God teaching you right now? What is He using to help you learn the lesson? 🙂