Tuesday, April 21, 2009

From Obsession to Possession

Romans 8:1-11
This way out begins when we realize that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This new life of the spirit will set us free from the power of sin and death. Our weak and vulnerable flesh was not helped by law but God sent His Son in the image of our sinful flesh. He was condemned and paid for our sins in the flesh. So now all the requirements of the law have already been met for us. We no longer walk according to fleshly desires but according to His Spirit. Fleshly people are obsessed with fleshly primal urges but spiritual people yield to the promptings of God's Holy Spirit who now possesses them. A fatal obsession with ourselves results in hostility to God because it opposes God, His order, and everything He stands for but yielding to His life-giving Spirit within us produces a joyful life of peace. We must make a distinction here between those fleshly people who are not possessed by God's Spirit who don't belong to Him and You who have this Dynamic Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, Who now lives in you and powerfully gives your dead body the same kind of life He gave Christ.

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