The following is a modification of something I shared July of 2011, but it remains true, speaks from my heart and helps us push forward with the purpose God has given each of us. I pray we will be ready to believe God and serve others …
I also know who is in control. Life stays busy. It is because we chose to step up and share what we have AND what we believe with others.
Romans is one of the most powerful books of the Bible often called the textbook of Christianty, and one portion of Romans has stuck in my head. Therefore, you are getting it this morning. Read on, and I pray each of us will be re-enforced, re-energized, re-freshed and re-newed by God as we see the truth and believe it too.
Romans 8:1-8 NASB
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Look at the parts of this chapter, and we find that God has done some significant things in our lives. Each of them have set us up to win. Did you hear me right? He set us up to win!!!
We are forgiven. There is "now condemnation" because Jesus has saved us.
There is a difference between the law of sin and the law of the Spirit. The Spirit frees us. Sin binds us, traps us and reminds us that we need God.
Jesus fulfilled the law and freed us from the law. Because of Jesus we are under grace.
The mind set free by the Spirit is powerful and even dangerous. Believing God gives us peace and makes us friends with God. Dangerous comes as we live by faith, with courage and make a difference in our world.
We please God as we believe what He has done for us.
There is freedom in Jesus. Freedom comes to us in the area of shame and fear. Freedom comes to us fro the penalty of sin. Freedom comes to us to help us to do more, be more and press on more. My prayer is that we will allow this truth to sink into our hearts and into the way we live.
Jesus is not a good idea. He is everything. He is not only the Savior of the world, but He is our friend and guide. He not only forgives us but gives us daily power to live. That happens as we believe what God says. I challenge you. Believe what God says!