It's Friday again...and its Super Bowl Weekend too. Nice! Our church family is gathering at 3pm at the Holiday Inn this Sunday to celebrate all the great things God has, is and will do...then I bet several of us might catch a bit of football.
Before all that, let's spend some more time learning how to be Led by God's Holy Spirit. Last week's post may help refresh you:
Today, let's dig into a teaching (you will need to set aside a few minutes to read the passage) from Paul about being Led by The Spirit:
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (Romans 8:1-17 NLT)
Here are some important things to consider as you continue to pray about being Led by The Holy Spirit:
1. Being Led by The Holy Spirit means we have given The Holy Spirit control of our life. That means our own nature doesn't control us any more. If you want The Holy Spirit to lead your life then you must surrender control.
2. The Power of God's Holy Spirit will be in you...in your mortal body! This is the same power that accomplished the Resurrection of the mortal body of Christ!
3. Once The Holy Spirit is in you, He will affirm with your own Spirit the position you have been given within God's Family (Heirs and Children). Many people have internal voices of doubt and dismay but when being led by The Holy Spirit you will not be obligated to listen to those lies.
4. Being Led by The Holy Spirit leads to LIFE and PEACE...not death.
Are you led by The Holy Spirit? Does the Spirit that raised Jesus to life raise you to life today? Devote some time to this text. Search the scriptures. Pray. Seek to be Led by The Holy Spirit rather than any other thing.