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Read Romans 8:1-11

Wednesday

Read Romans 8:1-11


There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son, who came with a nature like sinful human nature, to do away with sin. 4God did this so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the Spirit, and not according to human nature. 5Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. 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


To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. - Romans 8:6
Some understandings of this line lead our thoughts straight to the notion that disobedience to the Spirit is the pathway to hell / death.  The broader argument is that obedience to the flesh results in living a life that is not all that it could be; a life that makes a mess of the world.  The alternative; guided by the Spirit - is a life that gives life.

Pray


I long to live a loving, life giving life; guided by your word, by your Spirit and not my own flesh.  Spirit of God, who raised Christ from death, give life to my mortal body by the presence of your Holy Spirit.

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