Devotions for September 27, 2016

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Romans 8:23-29

And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: According to verse 28, all things work together for what end for those who love God and are called according to His purpose?

Q: Have you seen God take negative things in your life and turn them for good? What are some examples of this? Take some time to consider past events that God is in the process of redeeming in your life.

Q: How can a worldview that God is redeeming and restoring us bring life-giving impact to those around you? How can you share the story of Gospel grace with others this week?

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