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God For Us-God Who Works For Our Good.

Key Scripture:

Romans 8:31 (KJV)  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

SUMMARY

This sermon on ‘God for Us’ helps us understand how exactly God is working out everything for our good. The Lord works on certain principles and this sermon note helps us learn those principles and evaluate whether we are following the very same.

SERMON POINTS

God working for us!

Romans 8:28 (KJV)  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.

In our study of God’s word, we see that God is for us in how He is working for us. The world is filled with so much evil. The majority stands for the wrong. While this could make us retreat from having our faith and hope in Christ, the Bible tells us that God is able to work everything out for our good, even through the evil that the enemy plans. That is why He helps us in our weakness, when we are unable to pray, the Spirit of God helps us by interceding for us according to the will of God. When loud voices claim that God is silent in our pain, openly declare that God is working everything out for our good.

Key truths behind God’s working.

  1. God is in control of every situation we face.

 Isaiah 35:4 (KJV) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

God is in control of all things. That can get hard to believe when things that were supposed to go right go wrong. When we get negative reports of finances, health and relationship we wonder when will God come and take over. But we need to always remember that even in the midst of trouble, trauma and depression God reigns and not the enemy. For the suffering saint, the spirit of God is active. He was able to save Shadrach Meshach and Abednego from the fire (Daniel 3:16,17). They strongly believed He could save them, that was their reply to the king when threatened to be thrown into the furnace.

What is our conviction? Will we able to stand up for the Lord in our generation even when things get rough? Let’s be encouraged by the promises of our Lord for He will surely come to save be it fire or flood.

 

  1. God works in every situation to reveal His glory

 Romans 8:18 (KJV) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

When you are the child of God, His very purpose is to be glorified through your life. We need to remember that everything we go through has been intended to give God the glory. Jesus tells Martha if you believe you will see the glory of God. (John 11:40) If we believe ,our story will end in glory. The tougher the situation the greater the glory!

We cannot compare the glory that awaits us with our present sufferings because of how great it’s going to be.

As long as we are in God’s territory even in the midst of suffering we are bound to see the Lord reveal His glory through our situation.

 

  1. God works it all for our good.

 Luke 18:19 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

 God knows what we need. We can be sure of that because of all the blessings we have received from Him. We can trust in his goodness even in the darkest of situations. Every closed door is as much as a blessing as every opportunity the Lord has granted in our lives. Thank God for these closed doors because the ultimate good is found in the Lord. The Lord has plans only to prosper us and never to harm us.

 

  1. God works with those who work with Him.

Ephesians 1:10 (KJV)   That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 We need to work together with the God who works all things for good. We live in a fallen hurting world. And this world needs us; Our community needs us.

Nothing can change unless we take up the challenge to work together with God. The ultimate aim of god is seen in Ephesians 1:10. For the good of the world we need to be people who love God so as to work together with him to bring about redemption to those around us in Christ Jesus.

 

CONCLUSION.

2 Corinthians 4:15-17 (KJV)   For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Our story never ends in decay or on the predictions of others. We are marching towards glory. God is not quiet; He is working things out for our good. It’s time we start realizing that and work with him as well for his glory to be revealed in this hurting world.

God For Us-The Spirit’s Intercession.

Key Scripture:

Romans 8:31 (KJV)  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

SUMMARY

In a world which searches for answers and meaning for all the evil that takes place, we have a great promise and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. This sermon series-‘God for us’ helps us understand that no matter what the situation, God is for us and nothing can seperate us from His love.

SERMON POINTS

God for us!

Romans 8:31 (KJV)  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

A lot of things are happening around us and we all want to know how to respond to such evil. Persecutions, troubles and sufferings are not newbies for christians. In the First-century church, Christians were persecuted in ways unimaginable and Apostle Paul addressed the dilemma and fear that gripped the early believers in all his epistles. Those days it was a known fact that if one was a christian, he would be entitled to suffer. Christianity has not grown because of favourable situations or due to the contribution of great people. Yet the spiritual blessings that govern us surpass the power of hurt and sufferings

Law that has governed us has changed.

 Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

God reveals His love towards us by the laws that He has established for us to follow. The Law that was given through Moses was the law that revealed our sin and brought death. This Mosaic law points out sin in us and its consequences. We were governed by this law of sin and death; but once we accepted Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives, when we believe in Him, we are ruled no longer by the law of sin and death but by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Now anyone can call the Lord, his Father.

When we walk according to the law of the Spirit, there is now no more condemnation, guilt or the weight of sin holding us down, we have freedom through the life of Christ. As we walk according to His Spirit that is what makes us more than conquerers and hence when God is for us, no one can stand against us.

How is God for us? 

Romans 8:26,27 (KJV) 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. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8 records groanings. We groan when under tremendous pressure. In the face of danger or trouble we are unable to pray or think. God cannot do anything but in response to prayer. But alas, we can only groan we don’t know how to pray and what to pray when struggling with our families, our sicknesses and finances.However our prayers are not always according to God’s will.

Romans 8:23 (KJV)  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.

 Our bodies are groaning for its redemption from all its pain and fallen nature. The whole of creation is groaning, ever since the fall of man, for the revelation of the Sons of God.(Romans 8:22)

God takes us through this path of suffering so that we can be worthy of the glory that is awaiting us. The Bible tells us that the glory that is kept in store far outweighs the suffering we go through. (Romans 8:18)

Therefore the Holy Spirit helps us get through these sufferings. Hopeless situations curb our ability to pray. We offer imperfect, messed up prayers and groan under the weight of our agony. That’s when the Holy Spirit takes control of our prayer. He starts interceding on our behalf to the Father in heaven according to God’s perfect will. He does this in two ways:

 

  1. Tongues

 1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)   He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

 Apostle Paul says that praying in the spirit involves speaking in tongues. The Spirit of God helps us, while praying in tongues He edifies us,builds us up. We come before God, broken and unable to pray. But the Spirit Himself prays within us and we are built up. Never forbid speaking of tongues.

 

  1. Groanings of the Holy Spirit.

 Romans 8:26 (KJV)   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.

 This beautiful scripture describes the precious manner in which the Holy Spirit aids us in prayer by groaning from within us. This indicates those sweet hours of prayer when the overwhelming presence of God surrounds you; so powerful that even a word fails to escape our lips. Those quiet moments the Holy Spirit searches our hearts and turns us broken people into His prayer centres.

 

CONCLUSION.

God for us is a powerful statement and we as believers need to live with the realisation that we are not alone, God is for us through the Spirit’s intercession. So even if the world stands against us we have nothing to fear because the sufferings and persecution we may face now are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us. With this hope, let us allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into His prayer centres until the redemption of our mortal bodies in His Coming!