Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 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. Romans 8:12-13 NIV
Here is great news. As Christians, we are no longer obligated to the flesh and sin. Point blank it tells us that if we live in the flesh, we die. The wages of sin is death.
Does it mean we will drop dead because we sin? Death in this case means a seperation between us and God. In these days, we need God more than ever. We need forgiveness in Jesus. We need guidance from the Holy Spirit.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 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. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15 NIV
If we are led by the Spirit, we are God’s children. He is proud of us. Fear has no place in our lives for we are safe in God’s love. Jesus brought forth our salvation. The Holy Spirit brought forth our adoption into the Body of Christ. We cry unto Him: Abba, Father. *Abba is an Aramaic word for father and is also seen in the Greek version of the New Testement.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 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. Romans 8:16-17 NIV
The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Stand tall in your faith. Fear not. We have to share in the suffering, but we get to share the blessings. If we are God’s children, this means we are heirs to His blessings and Jesus is our co-heir. Praise be to God.
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