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Celebrating God's amazing provision - we are going to make it! Here it is - almost a wonder-filled rap. Celebrating truth in the face of all resistance, inviting the Romans to get up and dance. That God should do all of this (v1-30) for us, sinners, who once walked in the way of the flesh that led to death, but now by the Spirit know the love of God in Christ from which nothing can separate us.

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Overcoming the inertia of despondency: The Spirit enables us to overcome the temptation to shrink back or give up in the face of difficulty (whether internal or external) by giving us three key resources: - Perspective - his presence is evidence that the glorious future has begun and a guarantee of its consummation. - Prayer - the Spirit assures us that in some way we pray according to God's will and purposes. - Providential Care - the certain end and the inspired prayer points to God working all things together for our good.

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The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour and the day of vengeance of our God.

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