“I wasn’t invited, that’s why I didn’t go, or nobody invited me.” These are comments we don’t like to hear, it doesn’t make us feel welcome. I assure you that in Romans 8 starting in verse 24 God is inviting us to trust Him for what He is doing. He provides everything we need to pray, to communicate, to be called, justified, and glorified. Christ does it all. It’s like showing up at the party; you didn’t make the cake, decorate, provide the location or invite others. It was already done by the time you got there. I love having victory in Jesus. He is everything; He even intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray. The Spirit knows our weakness, but doesn’t leave us weak. He searches the hearts and mind of the saints according to the will of God.
The Lord prepared my heart for this message, and I had to go through a tough time. It’s like a baby who is being born doesn’t necessary want to come out of the climate controlled environment, having his food piped in and feeling safe and sound; but eventually the baby feels a little push and pinch on the “tookus.” This is all a part of the birthing process. I used this illustration with the ladies in jail because of how they too, are being pinched on the tookus to get them to move. One way or the other, but we are being moved. I had an experience at work this week that was not pleasant, but it moved me to act differently and it ended up glorifying the Lord.
Later in the chapter Paul talks about how God did not spare even His own son for our sake. Jesus was God’s prized possession and yet He was willing to deliver Him over for us all. If God is for us, who is against us, He is the one who justifies us, He does everything for us. “We know that all things work together to them who love God and who are called according to His purpose.” God has a purpose for our life and He picked it out just for us. God is a good God. Continuing on with the example of having everything provided for us; I am reminded of when a baby is born and has no clothes of his own and cannot feed himself. Neither can we in the Spirit when we are born again. God clothes us, feeds us, provides shelter, and warms us. We come as little children and trust what He has for us, for our own good because He loves us.
Tammy Strader and I talked about this with a girl I have been counseling, Brittany. She will soon be facing a release date which scares her to death, but at the same time, she wants out so she can be with her children. Not having a residence to call home, she is struggling with what to do in fear that she will let God down. We are telling her the same thing we are telling you and that is to trust God. He made the whole world without your help, and He can provide for you now.
Another girl we counseled, whom I am not free to name, had some really good questions for us. I learned a long time ago that it is okay not to have all the answers. We were, however, fascinated at what she has learned in such a short time. Her prayer is that when God shows her things, it will stick. She is an inspiration to me, and I am so excited to watch her grow in the Lord.
I will leave with you with an encouraging word and that is God has provided the Way to salvation because Jesus is the Way. He is inviting you into a love relationship with Him. He has already provided the love to love Him with, so come, just as you are. Let Him be God in your life. Consider this your invitation!
Written by Tracey