July 19-- Romans 7-Romans 9
Observation: So many good verses in this:
- 7:15b "For I do not do what I want, but the very thing I hate"
- 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"
- 8:31 "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
But the part that hit me was 8:26, "Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us, with groanings too deep for words".
Application: Have you been there? At the end of your rope? Not knowing what else to pray? We get there don't we? I read this on the second day of my trip, when I'd seen so much poverty. So much love. So much grace. I'd driven on dirt roads and mixed concrete until my shoulders ached. I'd sweated out every ounce of water I had. I'd laughed and wanted to cry. And my heart was full. A few times I tried to pray and had no words.
This was Rosa's Old House. Dirt floor, patched up rusted tin,
the other side was open or patched with black trashbags.
We built her a new one--with a concrete floor.
When I read Paul, I realized that's when the spirit prayed for me. Stepped in. Saved the day. That's when the Spirit works best--when we give all our words and feelings and lives to him. Have you let the Spirit have control of your life? Then its time. Give up your groanings and love and joy and fears to the Spirit.
Prayer: Spirit--We have no words. So, pray for us. With us. Give us the words. Give us the power that doesn't even need words. Amen.
July 20-- Romans 10-Romans 12
July 21-- Romans 13- Romans 15
July 22-- Romans 16
July 23-- 1 Corinthians 1- 1 Corinthians 3
July 24-- 1 Corinthians 4 -1 Corinthians 6
July 25-- 1 Corinthians 7-1 Corinthians 9
July 26-- 1 Corinthians 10-1 Corinthians 12