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Ever feel like the world is caving in on you and you just can't just crying (much less get off the couch)? Feel like nobody understands? Suffering's purpose is to make us desperate enough that we'll know only Jesus can fill us.
Word of Grace Part 15 - Groaning
Word of Grace Part 15 - Groaning
Hear about the two aspects of confessing sin and why it should be important in the lives of Christians.
In spite of the daily challenges that go along with living in an imperfect world, those who belong to Christ--buoyed by hope and bolstered by the help of the Holy Spirit--can live with the assurance that God will bring them safely to their God-appointed destiny.
Declaration of (in) Dependence: Study in Romans Part 19 The work of Jesus is about redeeming sinful people, but how is the work of Jesus about so much more than just that?
As a music student at Palm Beach Atlantic University, I recall what the long time music professor Ray Robinson said during one of our Oratorio Chorus practices. He said, â€œEverything about music is about tension waiting to be resolved. Make sure you sing with that understanding â€” bring out the tension but really stress the resolving of that tension.â€ Sometimes, putting a matter in that type of frame really helps you understand the entire picture. We understand that as well. Suppose I sat at the piano and began playing, â€œHoly, Holy, Holy.â€ You would begin humming the tune or even singing the words, â€œHoly, Holy, Holy, Lord G â€”.â€ Now, if I stopped, there is that tension that works inside your spirit waiting for that resolution, waiting for it to be resolved. If I finished it out, â€œâ€”od Almighty.â€ Or suppose I began a joke by saying, â€œA duck walks into a drug store and tells the man behind the counter â€¦ .â€ You are sitting there waiting for a tension to be resolved. So the way I resolve it is by finishing it up: â€œâ€¦ and he says, â€˜Iâ€™d like some chapstick â€” and put it on my bill.â€ Right now, we are living in a world of tension waiting for a resolution. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, King Solomon writes that God â€œhas put eternity into manâ€™s heart.â€ Our lives here on this earth, if we are honest with ourselves, are spent with an intense longing for something more, something greater, something lasting. As we read Romans 8:18-25, we see a longing and an expectation on two fronts: the created order and followers of Christ. In fact, you will notice that this particular longing is described as a â€œgroaningâ€! Take a look: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. The word â€˜groanâ€™ (stenazw) refers to the expression of â€œa person who is caught in a dreadful situation and has no immediate prospect of deliverance.â€ Thereâ€™s that tension we spoke of earlier â€” and amidst the tension of this world in our longing for the next, we await for the resolution to glory!