Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 8 (pt 3 of 12)

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In the last post we read:

. . . even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself can experience life on God’s terms. (Romans 8:9)

It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he will do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s body is alive! (Romans 8:10-11)

What did he say?

But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the Holy Spirit of God really dwells within you—if he directs and controls you.

Do you see that? If he directs and controls you . . . do you want to do it all on your own? You can, it’s your choice, you know . . . But if Christ lives in you, then although your natural body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive. How in the world can that be possible? Because of the righteousness that He imputes to you. He is talking about the re-created—the reborn—spirit of man.

And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” (Romans 8:11-16)

If that doesn’t get you to jump up and run around shouting, “Hallelujah!” nothing will. That is something to rejoice and get excited about!

Do you want victory in your life? Do you want freedom from the enslavement of cigarettes? Do you want to be free from your depression? How about your weight problem, do you want mastery over it? Are you enslaved to chocolate doughnuts and lemon pies? Then learn to hate it! Learn to let it go. Until you hate it, you will never be free.

Are you involved in an Adulterous affair? Let it go! Pornography? Break free of  it! Alcohol? Don’t be its slave anymore! Whatever you are involved in or enslaved to—let it go! Don’t walk away from it while you are still clinging to it (just in case you fail. Using it as your back-up plan). But there you are, crying and saying, “I can’t, I need it.” Do you need it more than victory? Do you need it more than your health? Do you need it more than you need Jesus? Choose now. Don’t put it off to a “more comfortable time—a more convenient time.”

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome

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