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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, August 5


Romans 8:22-25


We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Yesterday I listened to Allistair Begg on the way to work. His sermon was probably from a year ago, and was all about hope. He talked about COVID and how we can live with hope in the midst of the pandemic. I know the passages today are about waiting patiently with hope for our eternal home with God. I am in no hurry to give up this life. But, I am losing patience with this pandemic. Could we exercise our free will and pray (hard) to God to remove this virus? What if the entire world of Christians asked God to please take this sickness away? I am so thankful to God for the minds of the scientists who have helped us this far in the battle, and continue to work on earthly solutions. But I also know God’s power. I am going to spend more time in prayer, and maybe we could all do so?

Holy Father, I know you have the power, and I pray that it be your will to remove this virus from our lives and from your entire creation. Amen


Becky, transforming


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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Aug 05, 2021

Romans 8:22–25 25. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. It is getting very difficult to wait patiently for COVID-19 to be under control. Just when we thought we were almost there, a new variant arrived. But I love that Paul tells us to look forward, not backwards in fear, and to be patient. But that is the hard part. It has been so long and so many have suffered. Instead of patience maybe perseverance would be a better word. We need to take a deep breath and resolve to do two simple things: 1. Pray, pray, pray for God to lead our scientists and doctors to success. 2. Follow the simple steps th…

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Aug 05, 2021

Romans 8:22-25 

These verses tell me about the sins, both my own and that of this world, which causes every believer to groan. I understand what Becky is saying when we talk about having the Holy Spirit living in us. By grace we are part of God’s family but we know the meaning of suffering from day to day. Thank God that we do have the Holy Spirit living in us to enable us through this time of suffering. Our salvation has not yet been completed. Every pain we suffer down here is but a groaning that awaits a future reward. As a believer I have this hope of glory within me and this is what keeps m…

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Aug 05, 2021

This happens to me a lot Tom.

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Barbara
Barbara
Aug 05, 2021

Romans 8: 22-25

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.


Hope is the way I got through the life event that changed my life. I see where Paul had hope for the salvation…


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Tom
Tom
Aug 05, 2021

It seems my completed post simply disappeared after I hit “Publish.” I shall join you all again tomorrow.

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David
David
Aug 05, 2021
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Our loss.🙂

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