Deeper Day 103: Life Through the Spirit

Today, I want to let you reflect on another large portion of scripture.  It’s so good to read and re-read the Word.  I hope that today, you will really stop and focus on each word, even if you’ve read it over and over before.  When we read the scripture in partnership with Holy Spirit, there is always something new to learn or re-ignite in your heart.  The portion of scripture has a title above it that read:  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, 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.  Romans 8:1-17

Prayer Moment: In my opinion, this is one of the most powerful portions of scripture.  We must remember our place.  We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.  It is from this position we come to the Father.  He is our Father.  We have been grafted in.  When you know where you stand with Him, it revolutionizes your prayer life.  Come to Him as your Father.  Talk to Jesus as your Brother.  We have this unique access when we accept Jesus into our hearts, along with Holy Spirit living inside of us to guide and direct our steps.  I often consider Holy Spirit to by my Mama.  So, in Christ, I have a complete family….God the Father, Jesus my Brother and Holy Spirit my Mama.  It’s so much easier to openly speak to God when you see life this way.  Today, I pray you will truly commune with your heavenly Father.  Be honest and open, and then listen, truly listen and believe what He says.  He loves you, in fact, He loved you first.