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. We are the bridge between heaven and earth in the present for those around us. All because Jesus left behind the richness, splendor and the glory of God in the heavens, becoming poor so that we too can become rich. We are able to enjoy the growing fullness of the glory of God in His kingdom that resides in us, His temple on earth today. This is but a shadow of the fullness we will experience in the upper levels of heaven.
What an awesome, generous, kind and loving God we have who has done this for us, His children. Jesus did it all to redeem us, bought for a price; and is restoring us into our true identity and moving us into the destiny God has shaped us to accomplish with Him. For us, eternity has already begun! As a follower of Jesus, we are all a participant in presenting God's heart in the ministry of reconciling all of creation back to God. We are bringing the light of God's glory into the people and all of God's creation around us.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?