FIGHT BACK

You wake up one morning with a bad cough. Throughout the day it seems to get worse and you visit the doctor to get an antibiotic to take care of it. When the doctor sends you for tests and you find out it is lung cancer, where do you turn?

You hear all the news about Obamacare affecting businesses, but you don’t give it much thought. Then you go into work and find they are cutting your hours so they will not have to provide health insurance. Where do you turn?

One verse that has been a staple of Christians down through the centuries is this one:

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.

I have seen this verse used and misused many times. In your particular situation, you are secretly thinking, “how can this be for my good?”

Let’s look at the context of the verse to get the answer.

Romans 8:24-28 – KJV – For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 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. 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.

 Now we begin to see the process which causes all things to work together for our good. First of all, we must have hope. When things go bad, we must believe that God is there even when we cannot see Him working. This kicks in the second aspect of how things work together for our good: patience.

If  we can’t see the answer right away, we are to wait for it with patience. The trying of our faith produces this fruit of the spirit. (James 1:2-3). All of us have heard someone pray, “God give me patience…..and I need it right now!” We will talk about obtaining patience on another day.

The greatest thing that causes all things to work for our good comes in the next verses: 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.

Christians who take Romans 8:28 out of context leave out the power of prayer that actually causes things to work together for our good. When a problem arises, we do not take it lying down. Immediately, go to prayer about it.

I love this verse because, when you are in the middle of a battle, we do not know sometimes exactly what the will of God is. But when we pray fervently in the Spirit, we pray the exact will of God. According to 1st John 5:14,15 anytime we pray God’s precise will, we will get the answer.

Let the Holy Spirit make intercession for you with those “groanings that cannot be uttered.” He makes intercession for us in accordance with God’s will. After you have hope, patience, and have prayed earnestly about your situation; you will see God come through on your behalf and you can claim the verse: 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.

Do not let Satan dupe you into thinking that a bad situation is working for your good. Fight back in earnest, heartfelt, powerful prayer. It is a cliché, but a true one: Prayer changes things.

James 5:16 – KJV – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “FIGHT BACK

  1. Jean Moon says:

    Thank you for showing us this verse in context. I’ve even heard unbelievers say “all things work out for good, or it is all going to work out in the end.” But, as you say, that is not true. There are conditions that must be met. All things are not good, but all things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose. Things just don’t automatically work out for the best when we don’t love God and we haven’t answered his call upon our lives to believe in Who he is, to love him and follow him. If we love him, we are obedient, so if we claim to be those who love God, but are disobedient, we also disqualify ourselves.

    Fighting for the good when going through the bad situations with prayer and intercession, is the correct response as you have said. We can’t just sit and do nothing, no praying, no seeking his will, no obedience, and expect things to magically work out for the better for us.

    Thanks!

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