Thursday 1 April, 2021

Romans 8:9-17

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[b] his Spirit who lives in you. 12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[c] And by him we cry, “Abba,[d] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

When we give our lives to Jesus the transfer of what Kingdom we belong to, occurs.  We are transferred from being away from God to being embraced by God.  We now belong.

We receive His Spirit, The Holy Spirit in this “transaction”, however it requires us to leave behind habits and be willing to be transformed. 

What I find extraordinary is that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and I, if we call Jesus our Lord and Saviour.  HIS POWER lives in you and in me.  Is anything impossible?   Is any miracle impossible?  Is any situation not able to be changed?  All is possible with Jesus.

However, living in Christ requires us to “put to death our sinful nature”.  We need to make decisions which is followed by our actions.  Our life becomes transformed and therefore people should be able to see the difference in our actions, our behaviour, etc..    

I always remember a saying “WE ARE NOT Human Beings having a Spiritual Experience – WE ARE a SPIRITUAL BEING having a Human Experience.” 

Lord, help us to be transformed by your Holy Spirit and truly live in a way that shows others our “supernatural” life from You.  Amen

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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