9 But your sinful nature does not control you. The Holy Spirit controls you. The Spirit of God lives in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10 Christ lives in you. So your body is dead because of sin. But your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you. So the God who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your bodies, which are going to die. He will do this by the power of his Spirit, who lives in you. 12 Brothers and sisters, we have a duty. Our duty is not to live under the control of our sinful nature. 13 If you live under the control of your sinful nature, you will die. But by the power of the Holy Spirit you can put to death the sins your body commits. Then you will live. 14 Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear once again. Instead you received the Holy Spirit, who makes you God’s child. By the Spirit’s power we call God “Abba.” Abba means Father. 16 The Spirit himself joins with our spirits. Together they give witness that we are God’s children. 17 As his children, we will receive all that he has for us. We will share what Christ receives. But we must share in his sufferings if we want to share in his glory.
The beginning of verse 9 in The Message says “But if God Himself has taken up residence in your life, you can be hardly thinking more of yourself than Him.” A great description, a great reminder of how we should think. In other versions this verse says we are no longer controlled by our sinful nature. It’s thinking that helps us not be controlled by our sinful nature – thinking of God and what He would want in everything rather than what we want. How great that we have help to live life better!!
A new start and help to not make the same mistakes – how wonderful it is that the Lord comes to live in us.
Thank You Lord
Written by Therese Manning