Life Through the Spirit
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Ro 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Ro 8:3 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,
Ro 8:4 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.
Ro 8:5 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.
Ro 8:6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
Ro 8:7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
Ro 8:8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
Ro 8:9 You, 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.
Ro 8:10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
Ro 8:11 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. Ro 8:12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
Ro 8:13 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,
Ro 8:14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Ro 8:15 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.”
Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Ro 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ
As a Christian, it's hard trying to live a holy life where you feel like sin is always knocking on your door all day and all night. Some people may think that just because they follow God's rules and regulations they are somehow more righteous then everyone else. That they can measure people's level of faith according to their good works. But as I type this to you, ready to read your word (bible,) I am reminded of the reason why I choose to obey your (God's) commands.
I am not doing it beause I want to get to heaven as my reward or becuase I want to avoid going to hell. I do it because God, you loved me so very much that you sent your own son Jesus to die for my sins. The punishment that was met for the sins that I have commited, you in turn placed that punishment upon your blameless beloved son. That type of Love you can't find anywhere on this earth. That type of sacrafice is selfless and has so much compassion. It's beyond words...It's amazing.
So I obey and follow your commands of holy living. I avoid living my life like a sinner because I love YOU Heavenly Father. When you love someone and they tell you to do something you want to do it to please them. You don't hesitate...You don't bat an eyelash..You do it because the person loves you. God you loved me first and that is gracious. It's something that we all don't deserve because we all fall short of your glory.
God you were also gracious enough to not only save us but you sent us your Spirit to dwell within us. By your Holy Spirit we know that we are apart of your family (Romans 8:15) That we can call you Father. He the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak, whenever we don't have the words to pray He intercedes for us who believe in you Lord Jesus. Most importantly He (Holy Spirit) helps me beyond measure to obey Jesus' commands. Without your Holy Spirit ministering to me on Your will oh Lord I wouldn't know what to do. If left to my own devices, I'd be giving into sin left and right. I would also be confused and lost.
God I am so grateful for your unfailing love, that you promised to give us Your Spirit to guide my heart to your will along everything in my life. Your Holy Spirit dwelling within me teaches me, reminds me of your promises, and gives me peace that only comes from you. I thank you...In Jesus Name..Amen
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Jn 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—
Jn 14:17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Jn 14:19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
Jn 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
Jn 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Jn 14:22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jn 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Jn 14:24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Jn 14:25 “All this I have spoken while still with you.
Jn 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Jn 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.