When it seems like the fight is frantic and you are beating the air, you are left worn out and tired, still aware of the voices laughing, taunting you. Oh God help me to walk by faith and to see what you are doing. Teach me to fight as you desire, to know that my battle is not against flesh and blood, that my battle is not about beating the wind, thrashing the air and ending up drained and exhausted. Lord show me your strategy to defeat the enemy and see victory so my pummelling of the air is not without purpose.
This is sometimes how it seems to be when you are in the place of intercession, where the enemy could be your closest friend but you know that your battle is not against flesh and blood.
Continually I have to remind myself that there is an enemy, he is real, but there is a one who is greater. There is one who has beaten death and won the battle and whose side I am on. I remind myself that sometimes to win is merely to stand. The last man standing wins.
Who also intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34 NASB)
After such great truths about our victory and the surety of our salvation it seems to be such a throw away statement, ‘who also intercedes for us’. Yet his intercession is a great assurance to my heart. Romans 8 has such heights and depths of truth yet it would not be complete without this phrase. The Lord saw it fit that this phrase should be here, perfectly complimenting all the others. The chapter has so far talked about our freedom in Christ and walking by the Spirit, our adoption as sons and the cry that an adopted heart makes, the Spirit interceding, Gods great plan and the value of Christ’s suffering and what that means, leading us into the following two verses.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31, 32 NASB)
This is the background to the phrase in question, a rich journey of truth but incomplete without the knowledge of Christ’s intercession. The passage … Read More »