Finding Freedom in the Holy Spirit
Paul begins Romans 8 with a very bold statement by first saying “1. So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
In today’s terms this is a guilty man or a woman standing in front of a judge on death row and hearing the words “not guilty, let him go free.”
Truth is we are all on “death row” for judgement day when we stand before Jesus. Not one of us has the strength or ability to uphold Gods Holy law. Without Jesus, the power of His spirit in our lives we are hopeless.
BUT, the biggest butt of all! He has already declared us not guilty and has given us an opportunity of freedom from sin and power to do HIS will.
Romans 8:2. “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads you to death.”
The Holy Spirit friends. This is real. Verse 2 tells us now that we belong to Him we have his life given spirit in us! He gives us this power that we need to fulfill a Christ like life. WE ARE FREE!
Romans 8:5 “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit”
Paul continues to tell us the warnings of being controlled by sinful nature and the horrific ending of death due to it. But letting the spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Our sinful human race will never obey God. That is why those who are controlled by their sinful nature can never please God. BUT this is the good news, we are NOT controlled by our sinful nature. As a Christ follower, we have the Spirit controlling and giving us the power we need to please God every day.
So, in that my thoughts are where in my life do I need more Spirit given strength to please God? Here are my personal struggles. I am not a murderer, I am not an adulteress, I do not steal, cheat but maybe I say a small white lie here or there. I compare, I judge and I “know” what’s better for people. (I can make choices for them that are better for them). My sin is that I think I am better than some people. “well at least I don’t murder people” or “I would never spend my money that way” and the most said “their parenting skills are slacking”. Who am I? I have no place to put myself into ANYONE else’s life.
My prayer is that I will be filled with the Spirit for the strength that I need to have grace and mercy toward others so that I can be pleasing to God in my life. No one else’s.
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