We all need to memorize Scripture, and we all know it. Why? So that we might learn to "walk by the Spirit and not according to the flesh." And putting God's word in our heart helps us in that. Sometimes, we just need some encouragement. Well, here is one: Join us as we tackle memorizing Romans 8. Yes, the chapter. It is 39-verses-long, but on any given day we memorize far more songs, TV shows, stock quotes, and Facebook posts than that!
"What then shall we say to these things?" Well, yes, yes--not only "creation has been subjected to futility", but you're going to say your mind too, as you struggle to memorize. We got it. But, as you well know, "God causes all things to work together for good", and the verses that you do learn will nevertheless benefit you tremendously.
Just think, consider if you are struggling with growing in the Christian life. You have grown and were growing up in grace to this present trial, but now you find yourself slipping again, not doing what you "want to do", but "doing the very thing [you] hate". To what promise should you run if you are clinging to Christ by faith? Aha, that is where Romans 8 comes in. This chapter begins with the wonderful promise: "There is, therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
Or how about if you feel enslaved to a particular sin? You have confessed it before the Lord and have cried out for deliverance, but still find yourself wrestling to deny your flesh? What verse do you need to know? "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear, but have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!'" So then your crying is a manifestation of the Spirit in you!
Or what about when you feel weak and impoverished to resist the flesh. The sin that you wish you could deny seems to overtake you with tremendous power. What hope do you have? "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings to deep for words"!
Now what if you aren't sure if all this struggling with denying sin will produce any good thing for us? "For those whom He foreknew, these He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He would be the firstborn among many brethren"!
What if you're positive that on that great day the accuser of the brethren, Satan, will recall to the Lord some private sin of which you failed to repent adequately? Will God judge you in Christ? "God is the one who justifies...Christ Jesus is the one who died, yea, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of the Father, who intercedes for us!"
Com'on, this is an amazing chapter. Let's do it. And if you do, on Friday (not coincidentally, but providentially) August 28th we will have a party celebrating our completion at the new home of Aaron and Stefani Soutar! So, let's get to work, remembering, "that our sufferings at this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us."