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In Too Deep by Pastor Bay Allen July 26, 2020

Romans 8:26-28 (NRSV)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:29-39 (NLT)
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.  What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?  Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.  Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A couple weeks ago, my family and I went out to Chapman … we were asking our neighbors if there was anywhere around here to go swimming, and they told us that Chapman had a wonderful little swimming area. So we piled in the car and went. IT was a good time. Gavin had fun, Kailey had fun, we all had fun. The water was calm … it wasn’t too busy, not too many people there … it was a good time. Nothing like a little dip on a hot day! The water was only about four foot deep, too. When I was a kid, we’d love to go swimming. We often went to swimming pools, and I remember we had this pool … an olympic size pool … with an olympic size diving board … it was huge! You’d probably have to sign a waiver these days to even climb up the thing…much less walk out on it! I was about a year older that Gavin at the time…about six years old … so this was around 1984, so it wasn’t a big deal back then, I guess for a little kid to be talked into climbing this huge diving board by his two older brothers. I was on the swim team, knew how to swim … so it wasn’t like I was afraid of drowning. Anyway … the thing about getting talked into getting on this huge diving board … even though it was in the deep end of the swimming pool … you don’t even have to jump in the water to realize it … just climbing this huge ladder to the top with a line of impatient children behind you waiting for their turn … that’s all it takes for you to realize that you’re in too deep. I was in too deep!

There was no going back. I could see my life flashing before my eyes. as… step by quaking step … I made my way up the ladder … step by scary step … I made my way to the edge of the diving board. I thought I was going to die. I could taste my heartbeat. Right there! I was petrified … other kids behind me, even my brothers, beginning a chorus of, “come on … hurry up, already!” “jump!” I gotta tell you … I was in too deep.


Have you ever been there? In a situation where you find that you were in too deep? Today’s scripture says, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Too deep for words. Sometimes it’s not an olympic sized diving board, but perhaps its a loved one in a hospital bed … we find that we are in too deep. We are at a loss for words. Petrified. Maybe there’s a whole line of people behind us saying, “get over it already …” Let’s spend some time in this scripture today, let’s look at how we are in too deep, and what we can learn about being in too deep. First: Sometimes we are in too deep to even know how to approach it. But this is the first response: Pray.


In all things, before anything else, ask yourself: “Have I prayed about this?” I’ll be honest with you … sometimes the words won’t come. Don’t come. Sometimes you won’t even know how to pray, how to put the depth of your situation into words … but did you know that even when you can’t find the words, the Spirit steps in? Intercedes … like Google translate … somehow, you don’t have to speak a word but God knows what you are saying. God gets it. Even in your inability, God has the ability to know what you’re going through altogether. God searches the heart. God knows the depth. Don’t forget, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, guiding us, leading us, directing us…but also inspecting us … interjecting for us … those fiery darts of the Devil, we see the Holy Spirit deflecting for us … shielding us … our scripture tells us the “Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” … even as far as this, “that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Too deep! When we’re in too deep, The Holy Spirit gets it! Some things are truly too deep for words. At Creation, “the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the … deep” Some things are just too deep!


Psalm 139:6 reads, speaking of the depth of God’s knowledge of us, our situations, all of it, it says this: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” There are many translations out there … that phrase too wonderful has been translated, “is beyond me” “is too much for me,” “amazing,” “overwhelming” “beyond my ability to comprehend” “beyond my grasp” one translation says, “too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible,” in other words … It’s too much for words … we’re in too deep! God understands the depth of your situation … even when you’re in too deep. Up a ladder … with no way down but a very scary diving board.


You know what’s funny, even after I finally jumped off that big huge diving board … even though I was a strong swimmer … you know what I wasn’t prepared for? the deep end…was really deep! I’d swam in the deep end many times … taken breaths, dove down in … but when you fall from such a height, gravity, even what I thought I could handle … I discovered I was in too deep. Jumping from such a height, I went deeper than I ever had before … I struggled to get to the surface before my little six year old lungs gave out. I wasn’t ready for that. Have you ever been there? Thought you could do it … but you couldn’t?


Even when we find ourselves in too deep, even when we think that we have it all together, but we don’t…the Spirit is with us … and God understands the depth of what we are going through, and is with us. We talked about this last week, what we’re going through. God knows the depth of our difficulty. Even when we don’t. The Spirit “intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” I’ll be honest, we sometimes don’t know what we’re getting ourselves into, and quickly discover that we are in too deep…but you know what else we can’t fully comprehend? God’s love for us. God’s love … it’s too much for us!
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.  What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?


There it is again … something beyond words, “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?” We don’t only feel at a loss of words for the difficult things in life, but also the wonderful things, the wonderful ways that God is loving us. God’s love is stronger than any force we’ve ever come up against … stronger than gravity plummeting a six year old deeper into the pool than they have ever gone before … God’s love is deeper … we can’t fully understand the depth of God’s love…we are in too deep! And I am glad to say that with the love of God … we’re in too deep! Nothing can separate us from God’s great … deep … love. Nothing. In closing, today’s scripture says,


Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below (there’s depth!)—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Nothing. Not only God’s knowledge, but God’s love for me is “too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible,” In other words, in the love of God … I’m in too deep. This is the deep end of the pool! In case you haven’t noticed, this is the holy nugget of truth I want you to take away today: you may feel that your situations, the things you deal with, the things you’re going through … you may feel that you are in too deep … there’s no contest!!! God’s love is greater still. The depth of your situation is never so great that you can’t experience the love of God in the midst of it. Take hold of that truth today! One of you … you know who you are … you need to hear this today! grab a hold of it, and don’t let it go … because God will never let go of you. Once you start loving God, this relationship through Jesus Christ…you realize that the love of God … yeah … you’re in too deep! Never forget that! There’s no way back down that ladder … just dive into God … it gets deeper and deeper … experience the love of God in ways that you have never even imagined … even in the places that you thought love couldn’t be experienced … with God, you’re in too deep.

 
 

 
 
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