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Read Romans 8:6-11


Read Romans 8:6-11

6To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. 7And so people become enemies of God when they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law, and in fact they cannot obey it. 8Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.
9 But you do not live as your human nature tells you to; instead, you live as the Spirit tells you to—if, in fact, God’s Spirit lives in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for youj because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies are going to die because of sin. 11If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.

Think

Thinking of the Psalmist crying out in the darkness to God; thinking of the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision, we are confronted by hopelessness.  In this passage Paul is telling us that there is hope – if only we allow the Spirit to be the source of our life.

Pray

Lord, let your Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from death to life; live in me; and raise me from death to life.


j the Spirit is life for you; or your spirit is alive.
11 8.11: 1 Co 3:16

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