This Same Spirit Dwells in You

October 20, 2020

Romans 8:10-13 (Amplified)

10But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. 11And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. 12So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh. 13For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

This Same Spirit Dwells in You

We who are in Christ are dead men walking according to the dictates and the passions of our flesh.  Our former life in the natural sense has been crucified with Christ upon that cross.  We are now spiritual Christ beings housed in natural bodies of flesh and blood, but the purpose and the reason of our life and living is no longer what it formerly was.  The fact that we are still housed in the mortal bodies means that our lives can still be touched by passions of our flesh, temptation and the dictates of the flesh still pull upon us.  What has changed is who we are within.  We are no longer focused upon the desires and demands of the flesh, but our hearts and souls have done a 180 degree about face so that now we are looking and facing the man of the spirit who has been redeemed in Christ and is filled with His Spirit life.  Our focus is upon the inner sanctuary of His temple and the holy of holy of His divine presence.  Our eyes are set and our heart is fixed upon Him who is the author and finisher of our faith.  We know that this same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is able and will raise up our mortal bodies also to be clothed upon with His glory and likeness.  It is in this hope and confidence that we continually and habitually renounce the former deeds of darkness and the evil deeds prompted by this body.   Rather we embrace Him who is Life that we may be partakers of His life.  It is in this spirit that God is receiving us as His Sons. 

              We all can sometimes loose sight of our vision, who we are and where we are going.  We can flounder, stumble and sometimes fall.   God doesn’t love us any less, but it is always imperative that we see with renewed vision the high calling we have in Christ Jesus and that we get up, shake the dirt from our being through repentance and prayer and renew our purpose and commitment to Him who is our Lord and Savior. The Lord has given us great favor in Him.  “Lord, let us never trade our birthright for a bowl of pottage as Esau did with Jacob.”  The temporal things, pleasures and treasures of this world can never equate to that which is ours in Christ Jesus.  Let us hold fast the course, walk the walk until by faith we are filled with Your glory.” 

Blessings,

#kent

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