Faith means trusting God even when you can’t see him. As the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8, faith means waiting to experience resolution until the end. While we wait to experience the glory of eternity, we can trust that God is working. And, we can trust that the Holy Spirit is perfectly interceding for us.
Nearly every language has a short repetitive word for “father.” Who comes up with these words? Babies do because humans have a primordial desire to reach out for a parent, someone who loves us perfectly and can take care of us. That’s what our spirit is yearning for when we cry out, “Abba."
Never, ever give up on the people you’re praying will start walking with Jesus. Even after facing rejection after rejection from the Jewish people, the Apostle Paul never gives up hope that his Israelite friends can be saved.
It’s interesting that in Romans 8:35, Paul lists affliction and distress and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword in answer to the question, “Who can separate us from the love of God?” You normally wouldn’t think of those things as a “who.” They’re not people, after all. Why not say “what”? Was that a typo?
Trying to tame sin rather than killing it is as silly as people making pets out of predatory animals. Bear taming is not just an unusual hobby like stamp collecting. And sooner or later, bears do what bears do. Just like sin will do what sin does.
We were no more worthy of this message than anyone around the world—but God blessed us with it, and with the privilege of hearing the gospel comes the responsibility of spreading the gospel. To not be obedient to that command is stealing.