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Our Father Cares | 27 September 2015 | Neil Bester


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When we know how our Father cares, we can enjoy living with Him while dealing with our present day realities.

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Our Father Cares | 27 September 2015 | Neil Bester

  1. 1. Neil Bester
  2. 2. Our Father Cares
  3. 3. Romans 8:18-19 NIV I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
  4. 4. Romans 8:20-21 NIV For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
  5. 5. Romans 8:22-23 NIV 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 to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
  6. 6. Romans 8:24-25 NIV For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
  7. 7. Romans 8:26-27 NIV In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
  8. 8. Romans 8:28-30 NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
  9. 9. Romans 8:31-32 NIV What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
  10. 10. Romans 8:33-34 NIV Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
  11. 11. Romans 8:35-36 NIV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
  12. 12. Romans 8:37-38 NIV No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
  13. 13. Romans 8:39 NIV … neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  14. 14. 1. Present sufferings should be seen in the light of our future destiny (Verse 18) • Things are not yet as they should be • Creation groans (Verse 22 ) and we groan (Verse 23) • We wait o In hope patiently (Verses 24-25) o In weakness – the Spirit helps us (Verse 26) o In prayer (Verses 26-27)
  15. 15. • Our Father cares for us by: o Providing perspective o Giving us hope o Aiding in our weakness o Helping us pray
  16. 16. 2. God works for the good in all things (Verse 28) • For those who love Him • Those called according to His purpose • God is conforming us to the image of His Son
  17. 17. • Our Father cares for us by: o Working for good in our lives o Making opportunity for us to become like Jesus
  18. 18. 3. God is for us (Verse 31) • God didn’t spare His own Son • Hard times can cause us to lose proper perspective
  19. 19. • Our Father cares for us by being on our side (Verse 28)
  20. 20. 4. Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Verse 35) • Trouble, hardship or persecution • Famine or nakedness • Danger or the threat of the sword
  21. 21. Romans 8:38 NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
  22. 22. Romans 8:39 NLT No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  23. 23. • Our Father cares for us by loving us
  24. 24. 5. We overcome (Verse 37) • Our Father cares for us by promising us victory
  25. 25. Romans 8:15 NIV The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba Father.”