Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Inward Groans 2

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Romans 8:23, 26, 28 (KJV)
23. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.



When a woman is in labor and groaning, she groans in the hope that she would give birth to a baby.
Her groaning in hope is not based on wishful thinking but based on verifiable facts with certain evidences she cannot deny.

We can see from today's Bible verses that not only creation but we ourselves who have the firstfruits (verifiable facts and evidence) of the Spirit groan as we await the adoption. But we further see that in like manner, the Holy Spirit helps our infirmities by also groaning for us. It is in the backdrop of these groanings that all things work together for our good.

Believers who live with their affection set on things above(Colossians 3:2) are those who partake in these groanings that birth further manifestations of the firstfruits (powers of the age to come) in their daily experiences. They are those who circumstances (whether 'good' or 'bad') will all work together for their good because they love (set their affection on) God and live for His call.

Go into today remembering that those who set their affection of things above are those who fulfill their eternal destinies in this side of eternity.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you keep your mind stayed on Him today and for the rest of your life.
Pray with Isaiah 26:3 (KJV): Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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