The Spirit helps us in our weakness (infirmity).  Romans 8:26a

     A lot of translations use the word weakness   for this verse, but it goes deeper than that. It means “crippled and without strength.” God, through the Holy Spirit, helps us, doesn’t despise us. Hebrews 4:15 (KJV) uses the word again and says:

 “We have a high priest who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, because He has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.”

   If God understood the fact of our infirmities, that would be great. But what’s even greater, He understands the feeling of our infirmities—not just the emotional pain we’ve suffered, the inner conflict, the struggle. He understands the feelings we feel as a result of what we’ve suffered--the anxiety, the depression, the pain of not feeling you have value, the feelings of abandonment and loneliness and rejection. He sympathizes with, not only what is happening to us, but what is happening in us. Because of that you can come to Him boldly without shame or guilt.

   David Seamands (Healing Damaged Emotions) writes:

“If you have battled terrible loneliness, or emptiness, if you have experienced the blackest bouts of depression, you know that when you are in the pits, the hardest thing to do is pray, because you do not feel God’s presence. I want to assure you that He knows, He understands, He feels your infirmity. He has not left you; rather, the Holy Spirit helps you and prays for you. It is this assurance which gives us the grounds for hope and healing.”

     People cannot heal you; only God can. Will you let Him? Christ in you, God’s presence, the Holy Spirit, will quench your thirst as you turn to Him. We do not have to live in permanent emotional pain or fear. Because Jesus died on the cross and bore our sins and our sorrows, we can be healed and set free.

      Here’s my hope for you today: Learn to continually bring your hurt and pain to Him. It is a process. Healing is found in the presence of God. As you go through your day, ask the Holy Spirit for what you need that moment.

    Open your hands right now and from your heart, say, “God, come and heal my broken spirit. Teach me how to drink from your river of living water. Help me learn how to live from overflow.” Don’t struggle any longer in your own strength.  Tell God your infirmities—what cripples you—ask Him to heal you.

God, forgive me for looking other places with my needs. Forgive me for thinking You do not understand. Help me to let go of whatever I use to shield me from pain and come home to You in humility and honesty and ask to be healed. I know You run to meet me. Lord, no one has ever loved me like You do. Thank You for nurturing me, for caring for me and for giving me a safe place to grow. Help me to realize spending time in your word and prayer is not an option; it’s my only hope. I love you and worship you. In Jesus Name, we thank you. Amen.

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