Do You Understand Real Life?

August 20, 2008 at 4:19 am 2 comments

Romans 8: 1-17

Life Through the Spirit

 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.   For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man,   in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;  the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

 You, (Intentional Followers of Jesus – db) however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,  because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  — Dan

P.S.  We had a safe trip back to Texas.  We are staying with Dottie Schulz in NRH.  The 2nd Round of Chemo begins Wednesday 13:00 Texas time.  All prayers are appreciated.

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  August 21, 2008 at 2:21 am

    I am happy you are safely back “home” in Texas. I am keeping you in my prayers everyday. My thoughts are with you both. May the Lord lift you up and keep you safely in His Care now and always.
    Love and hugs, Sherrie

    Jesus answered, “Any person who drinks this water will become thirsty again, but if anyone drinks the water which I will give that person, he will never be thirsty again. The water which I give him will become a spring inside him welling up to eternal life (John 4:13,14).” Jesus said, “The Spirit is life-giving. Physical things are not worth very much. The words I have spoken are Spirit and life (John 6:63).” The apostle Paul teaches, “The Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law that says these qualities are wrong (Galatians 5:22,23).”

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  • 2. Ann J.  |  August 22, 2008 at 2:09 am

    We are continuing to pray for you both.

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