Romans 8

Romans 8… day 25…

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 ESV

Likewisethe Spirit helps us… in our weakness…

likewise… 1: in like manner: similarly… 2: in addition… 3: similarly so with me…

We must look back in the text… to see what likewise refers to…

Sufferings…

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18 ESV

Hoping… waiting… 

Now hope that is seen is not hope.
For who hopes for what he sees?
Romans 8:24 ESV

Patience… endurance…

But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:25 ESV

Likewise… in the suffering… hoping… enduring…
the Spirit helps us…
in our weakness…

Suffering… waiting… enduring patiently… expose our weaknesses…
physical…
spiritual…
emotional…

In our weakness… we grow weary… desperate… impatient…
Hearts ache… prayers have no words…

Yet… likewise… the Spirit stands fully in His glory…
He knows what lies ahead…
He helps us in our weakness…

The Spirit intercedes for us…
prays for us…
when we can’t utter an Amen

Our own groans…
echoed by the Spirit…
standing before the Father…
groaning on our behalf…

What a picture…

What a blessing…

An awesome reality… which helps us…
suffer…
hope…
endure…

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me…
Psalm 139:6 ESV

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