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It’s All About Certainty       Rom. 7:9-17, 26-32 (HCSB)      Oct. 16, 2011


Introduction

       The longer we serve the Lord the more possibilities we will experience the Spirit’s leading in our life. We can know of His presence, power, prayers and purpose for our life.

 

1    Certainty About The Holy Spirit’s . . Presence. 7:9-11

       A.   Christians will be Certain of His Presence By His . . Reassurance Living within Us. 7:9-10

       9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone

       does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

       10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

 

       B.   Christians will be Certain of His Presence By His . . Resurrection of our Life. 7:11

       11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the

       dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.


       The Holy Spirit is given to every Christian. Many new Christians describe His presence in humorous ways until they learn what the new born feeling represents. Of all the definitions I have heard I think I like the feeling of peace and satisfaction best. His reassuring presence comes to us because we have been spiritually resurrected from the dead and given new life in Christ. The Spirit now lives within us and that is a great presence.


 

2    Certainty About The Holy Spirit’s . . Power. 7:12-17

       A.   Christians will be Certain of His Power Through His . . Transformation in our Lives. 7:12-15

       12 So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh,

       13 for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds

       of the body, you will live. 14 All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a

       spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba,

       Father!”

 

       B.   Christians will be Certain of His Power Through His . . Testimony On Our Behalf. 7:16-17

       16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,

       17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so

       that we may also be glorified with Him.


       The new Christian many times find it surprising to know God through His spirit has come to live within us.

The convincing attribute comes from the Spirit living within us and this happens when we are transformed. In face if someone claiming to be a believer does not also know they have the Spirit within them, they really have not been saved. Our confidence comes from the Spirit testifying within us that we are the children of God. Because He has made us children of God we are joint heirs with Christ. I like to say I have a much right to go to heaven as Jesus because of what He did for me.

 

3    Certainty About The Holy Spirit’s . . Prayers. 7:26-27

       A.   Christians will be Certain of His Prayers Through His . .Groaning Intercessions. 7:26

       26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for

       as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

 

       B.   Christians will be Certain of His Prayers Through His . .Godly Intercessions. 7:27

       27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints

       according to the will of God.


       Have you ever been in a prayer meeting when it seemed like some people could only groan? I was in some like that when I was a new Christian and after learning that the Holy Spirit intercedes with groanings I wondered back to those prayer meetings and perhaps if those groaning were associated with the Holy Spirits groanings?

Anyway I am confident the Holy Spirit does just what the Bible says He does. He also prays in a Godly way because the Bible tells us that and of course He is the Spirit of God. I am definitely pleased He prays for us according to the will of God.

 

4    Certainty About The Holy Spirit’s . . Purpose. 7:28-32

       A.   Christians will be Certain of His Purpose Of His . .Calling. 7:28-30

       28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called

according to His purpose. 29 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.

 

       B.   Christians will be Certain of His Purpose Of His . .Caring. 7:31-32

       31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

       32 He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant

       us everything?


       The Holy Spirit’s purposes certainly relates to the calling of God in our lives and His caring ministry. We do not really know how to care as we should but He guides and enables us. Of course we can not call our self to God but in His purpose He calls us to Christ. In fact no one can come to the Lord unless the Spirit draws them. Have you noticed the difference in a caring person lead by the Spirit and one trying to impress through fleshly efforts. The difference is almost laughable. When the Spirit leads It’s All About Certainty. Amen? Amen!