Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words”
Have you ever found yourself dealing with a challenge and realise that you are unable to pray or that even though you pray you do not feel like you are breaking through? Well, take courage! You do have a Helper. In the Spirit we have a promise of continual covering of prayer. The Spirit is interceding for you and making sure you win.
Romans 8:15 “… but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry: “Abba! Father!”
When we make Jesus Lord of our lives we become sons of God. Through the work of the Spirit we become renewed into seeing and receiving God as our Father. Thus the Spirit also enables us to be receptive to the love and care of our Heavenly Father. May you allow the Spirit to introduce you to the fatherhood of God so that you may receive His goodness.
Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry: “Abba! Father!””
Fear came about as a by-product of the fallen nature of man which came about at the Garden of Eden on Adam and Eve. Whenever there is fear, there is lack of trust that God will come through for us in our times of need. In the Spirit we have the by product of having this assurance of the Father’s faithfulness. Therefore I urge you to rest, in full confidence, in the faithfulness of Abba Father.
John 6:57 “As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me”
In Christ Jesus we are of the family of God. Jesus . while here on earth, was always in agreement with His Father in thought and action. We ought to imitate Christ in thought and deed. Being continually plugged into the Father requires staying in the Spirit and conducting our lives in the manner that pleases our Heavenly Father. Please the Father by trusting Him.
Praise God for His grace! This team is growing closer each day. I shared the Word this morning; Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." because we knew today was going to be very challenging but fun.
We made our way to KOH KARARIB LODGE approximately 150km's away through a riverbed. The estimated speed for this trip is about 10km/h due to it being very rough terrain. One has never seen so much dust! When you step on the "road" your foot disappears all the way past your ankles. The Land Rover (Fred) got stuck but with the team's digging skills and my driving skills, Fred was out in 10 minutes.
It was at this point that a shepherd of "40 goats" showed up looking at us like we were from another planet. He did understand a bit of English and in this remote place (because we "got stuck" Pastor Sean (With Brad and Ps Coenie) asked him the simple question: "Has anyone ever told you that God loves you?" To which he replied "No", with confusion on his face. Pastor Sean then shared the gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, the ultimate price paid and God the Father's ultimate gift to us from Him. The man immediately prayed with the ministry team and devoted His life to God. His expression changed to joy and he helped us cut some firewood for camp before we had to go. There is such a great need in Africa and in the world.
We made our way through this dusty and sandy bed of the (NGURUWAY or AAP RIVER). There we experienced very warm and dry parts to oasis-type areas where buck ran around us .After a very difficult crossing, Louis and myself decided to set up camp right here in the middle of the wilderness (by a river between the mountains). Each one of us covered in powdery dust from head-to-toe and we couldn't wait to freshen up and have dinner.
We encouraged each other around the camp fire, shared stories and meditated on what happened and our purpose for being here. The passage shared by this morning (Romans 8:37) was exactly what was needed. (One day closer to reaching the Himba tribes).
Romans8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death"
When we live in the flesh we are vulnerable to sinfulness, defeat and decay. The carnal mind has tendencies of being drawn to things that lead to destruction. When we purposefully stay in the Spirit we daily break the power of the law of sin and death. May you be motivated to stay in the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"
Staying in the Spirit is a place where being conscious of the love of God, we know that we are worthy of His unconditional love. May you feel and accept that no matter what you have done wrong, you are worthy of His love.
Galatians 5:22 But the Spirit’s fruition is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, generosity, fidelity…
We are able to have peace in our hearts and minds when we are fully convinced that no matter what we are going through, at every given moment, God is working it out for our good. I challenge you to rest in the peace of knowing that God is busy working things out for your benefit. Trust in Him
Galatians 5:25 "If we live by the Spirit, let us also be directed by the Spirit"
There are benefits in walking in the Spirit in that the devil has no upper hand over you. You start to see the way Jesus sees, think the way he thinks and talk the way he talks in addressing every situation you face in life.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable, and perfect”
Conformity to the Spirit means doing things and presenting yourself in the way that brings life. The word of God at large is the manual from where we draw the principles that bring life. When we fill ourselves with the truth of the word we conform to the Spirit.