Sermon Notes, Pastor Milton Vincent
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church, January 22, 2012
What do we know to be true in our weakest moments? In times of weakness and bewilderment, what you hold to be true tells much about your spiritual condition. The focus of this morning’s message is not so much what we know when things are going well, but what we know is true in the midst of suffering, ignorance and weakness.
“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things–that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great savior.”
See also Job 19:13-26; Psalm 56:1-9
FIVE THINGS PAUL KNEW TO BE TRUE IN THE MIDST OF HIS WEAKNESS AND IGNORANCE
1. That the Spirit helps us in our weakness. (Rom. 8:26)
-The Holy Spirit is not put off or disgusted or irritated by our weakness, but rather He is attracted to our weakness.
2. That the Spirit intercedes for us. (Rom. 8:26)
-You are always covered with perfect, flawless prayer.
-The Holy Spirit prays with perfect understanding and articulates perfectly what you need to the Father.
-Be blessed by the Holy Spirit’s intercession for you!
3. That God knows the mind of the Spirit. (Rom. 8:27)
-Know=as in knowing approvingly, not just knowing in the omniscient sense.
-The Father approves of the prayers that the Holy Spirit prays for us.
-The Father’s response to the Holy Spirit’s prayer is, yes, that is exactly the prayer I want to hear for this child of mine.
Romans 8:28 is telling us how the Father answers the prayers that the Holy Spirit prays for us:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
4. That God is working all things “into” good for those who are His people. (Rom. 8:28)
-God is always doing something in direct answer to the prayers of the Holy Spirit for us.
-God uses all circumstances in our lives, good and bad, as part of His design to work good for us.
-In all things and in everything God is busy working for our good.
-Does NOT mean that all circumstances are good. We are not calling evil, good. Rather, we are saying that there is no evil that God cannot use for good.
-Does NOT mean that God works everything for good according to what WE think is good.
-In His infinite intelligence and wisdom, He allows circumstances into our lives and weaves them together for good.
-A good example of this is the story of Joseph. …you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good… (Gen 50:20)
-Consider the example of Christ’s death on the cross. God takes this massive evil against His Son and combines it with Christ’s obedience and weaves it into the best thing that has ever happened in human history resulting in the salvation of many.
-If you believe the Gospel, it should help you to believe that God works everything for good.
Believe Romans 8:28 in every situation and know that whatever God allows in His good Providence, He will work for good in the lives of His children.
For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
2 Cor 4:17