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Topic: Romans 8:19-23
Man and Earth are GROANING with BIRTH PAINS!
S. Romans 8:19-23 (AMP)
19For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].
20For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it--[yet] with the hope
21That nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children.
22We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now.
23And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons).
O. Even nature is groaning...in pain...and ready to give birth to the New Earth. We are in alignment with God's creation because we ARE His priority...Earth was created for us to live in. Our spirit is alive with what God is doing. We, like the place we have been placed in, groan with knowing the 'NEW THING' is coming. Our Earth, the physcial that precedes the spiritual, is revealing that it WANTS the NEW BIRTH...and that it is coming soon. The earthquakes, droughts, floods, weather changes...all point to the 'labor pains' of creation.
Man is showing these signs, too. Man is trying to go beyond the limits of what God has set as 'righteous' or 'right'. They are reaching beyond what God said man could do (i.e. gay marriage, technology, etc.) Man is trying, like the tower of Babel, to be equal to God. BIRTH PAINS! Man without God KNOWS there is more! We, who KNOW God, know that God wants us as Adam and Eve were in the beginning. The new man is coming.
These are parallels. The Earth groaning...man groaning...Both want to break out into the NEW that God has prepared for us. The Earth knows, and the inner man knows...WE ARE GETTING READY FOR THE NEW EARTH AND THE NEW MAN TO BE BIRTHED!
WE ARE GROANING!
A. Yes, I desire the NEW MAN inside of me! I can see it clearly in nature...God's Earth wants to be reborn, too. We are both going through labor pains. I know it's soon...it just keeps getting worse and worse...the natural things (weather, earthquakes, polar ice melting, etc.) and man (violance, greed, lust). It's COMING SOON!
P. Straighten out our spirit's Father! You are coming soon with Your new man and new Earth! We need to be prepared for You! Make me ready Father! Prepare me to be the Bride for Your Son! Make me ready! Make me sensitive to all You are doing. Place me right where You need me...and place Your desires and strength in my heart!