The Spirit of God; September 11, 2018

Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

There seems to be no limit to the things the Holy Spirit is involved in, but that should come as no surprise. After all, the Spirit is the invisible, active agent of the Trinity. Human language has a lot of trouble expressing the Trinity. We ourselves have physical bodies but are likewise mental/emotional beings, and we too have spirits. Those who insist on a strictly material view of the universe deny that we are spiritual beings, but that is their problem! The thing is, all of those different layers interact, even in us. Our emotions and thoughts are influenced by our bodies, with hormone production and the like, and the influence our minds and emotions have over our bodies is well known, with psychosomatic illness and sometimes incredible feats in times of emergency. Underlying all of that is our spirits, but that is much harder to prove by repeatable experiments. The body of evidence from those who have had near-death experiences has grown and is mounting. Many who have been through such experiences have observed things that can be confirmed as true, but which they could have had no knowledge of physically speaking. Children who have “been to heaven” and come back have known the number and gender of their mother’s miscarriages, for example, when they had never been told anything of the sort. Others have seen physical details that would have been entirely invisible to them had they not left their bodies. As I said, these aren’t repeatable experiments, but the evidence is pretty remarkable. When that is how we are, it should come as no surprise that God is the same way. Jesus was the physical manifestation of God, His Body, which makes it all the more important that the Church is spoken of as the Body of Christ, His current physical manifestation. Father God would be analogous to the mind, because that is the seat of the will, and God willed the universe into existence. (Thankfully, God doesn’t have to worry about hormones!) However, God too is Spirit, as Jesus said very clearly. (John 4:24) That’s why everything He does involves His Spirit. The marvelous thing about this verse is that it assures us that God’s Spirit helps us in our weakness. People, especially men, don’t like to admit they are weak, but facts are facts. Compared to God, any strength we might have isn’t worth mentioning! God has already provided for every one of our needs, and our time on earth is an adventure in discovering that provision.

My own knowledge and awareness of God’s Spirit has certainly grown over the years, and as a pastor I earnestly desire such knowledge and awareness for each of the people under my care. The Lord has made it clear I’m to speak on the Spirit Sunday, and this verse certainly needs to be included in that. I have neither the wisdom nor the strength to impart that knowledge and awareness on my own, so I too am dependent on the Spirit to help me in my weakness. The glorious thing is, I’ve experience that time and time again, so I can expect Him to do so this time as well. My responsibility is to be humble, submitted, and obedient, offering all of me for His use to impart to others what they need, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this clear reminder. Thank You for all that You are doing, and for including me in the process. Help me indeed be fully responsive to You, so that Your purposes may be fulfilled in and through me on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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