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Who am I now? Day 19

I cannot live life to the fullest independent of God. I choose life!
 
Romans 8:5-11 (NASB)
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 according to the Spirit. For the mind set on flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile to God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
 
Romans 8:12-25 (NLT)
So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do; for if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
 
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into His family—calling Him “Father, dear Father.” For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we will share in His treasures—for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we share His glory, we must also share His suffering.
 
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
 
And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We too, wait anxiously for the day that God will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised. Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it, but if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.   
 
As our understanding grows for how to live as God’s own children, we are drawing heaven to earth. This is a shadow of the fullness we will experience in the upper levels of heaven. All because Jesus left the glory of God in the heavens, becoming poor so that we too can become rich, enjoying the fullness of the glory of God in heaven with Him. What an awesome, generous, kind and loving God we have who has done this for us, His children. 




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Maureen on Monday, January 24, 2011 12:39 PM
This is so timely, thank you, David. I was directed by a friend to the writings of a man named Dave Roberson and he has much to say on Romans 8. I'm resonating on everything this man has written, and now I read this posting from you. Oh, how we are blessed by the Holy Spirit! How loved we are by God. We really DO have the Holy Spirit in us and because of this we really do know what we KNOW to be true. By choosing to meditate on the Word of God through the Holy Spirit, we can be in constant relationship with the Father. WE choose either life, by living in the Spirit, or death, by living in the standards of our flesh. Thanks to your daily postings, and what I've been reading from the other Dave, I feel like I'm FINALLY beginning to get it.
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David Roberts on Monday, January 24, 2011 8:16 PM
Thank you for your encouragement, Maureen. You are so right, it is always our choice. We are all typically deceived into thinking we are limited in how our God really wants to be involved in our life. Romans 8 is a must for understanding the difference from the covenant of sanctification offered in Old Testament and the salvation covenant presented in the New Testament.

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