Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8
I love the way the Apostle Paul encouraged the Christians under his purview. In his letter to the church in Rome, he declares to these new believers, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship (Romans 8:15).” In other words, Paul is reminding them that they are God’s beloved children, endowed with Christ’s spirit and co-heirs with Him.
Why did Paul waste precious ink reminding Christians that they had received this “Spirit of sonship?” Because with this sonship we have been given a spirit of fervent faith rather than a spirit of foolish fear. Why is this important? Because we face some pretty scary struggles in life. And when these struggles find our doorstep, how we stand up to these struggles says a great deal about our faith and who we are in Christ.
If we are co-heirs with Christ, God’s dearly beloved Son, then His spirit of courage and faith flows freely in our veins. As such, we need not fear what Satan or this world may throw our way because the Living Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, stands alongside us to strengthen our spirits. As the psalmist so aptly put it in today’s passage, our help is in the name of the Lord!
Nothing shall separate us from the love and power of Christ. Absolutely nothing! He will not forsake us, He will not give up on us, He will not stop interceding for us, and He will not give us more than we can handle. Why? Because we are His beloved children! As co-heirs with Christ, we are more than conquerors because His love flows through us and He conquered everything on earth to include death!
As you face your struggles today, face them with fervent faith rather than foolish fear. Remember, you have Christ’s courageous spirit within you. It flows through your veins as surely as the blood that keeps you alive. You need not fear dementia, terminal illness, or even death for you have a spirit of courage and strength given to you by your Heavenly Father through His precious Son. So seek His strength, seek His power, seek His comfort, seek His assurance, and call upon the Name of the Lord for therein lies your hope!