ROMANS 8 - THE SPIRIT AT WORK
Romans 8 is one of the most powerful chapters of scripture in the Bible. Over 7 weeks, we’re going to dig deeper into this passage as a church and uncover ways to further our relationship with God through the text.
The devotional will be available on Sunday of each week!
God Sees You, Understands You, and Loves You - Even at Your Worst
There is a difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction tells us what is right and wrong, but condemnation says that “we are wrong”. Condemnation defines who we are out of what we’ve done, destines us to a future of shame and punishment and gives us not only guilt for our actions but shame in our identity.
Romans 8:1 tells us that if we believe and live our lives with Jesus, we are no longer subject to condemnation. The power that Jesus brings is knowing the truth that shame does not have a place in our relationship with God. He sees us, understands us, loves us at our worst, and leads us to a place where we can be free of everything in our past.
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Living With The Spirit of God In You
Every day we make a choice in how we live our lives. We can choose to set our focus on the things of the world and bear the fruits of the world. Or, we can choose to set our eyes on Jesus and live out of the power and peace of the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 8:2-13, Paul talks to us in depth about this exact choice and what it looks like to live out the choice to live by the Spirit as followers of Jesus. As you examine the passage further, take time to ponder these two ideas God gave us in the scripture…
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As God’s children, we are co-heirs with Christ. We share in the blessings and inheritance of Jesus! I recently started working with an estate planner, so I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of inheritance. One of the things I’ve realized is that the inheritance my children receive is both what is set aside for a future time and the provision they receive now as my children. It’s the same way with God. The Bible tells us there is a priceless inheritance to come, and we live in eager expectation of the day we receive that inheritance. But we don’t have to wait to experience heaven’s blessings. The moment the Holy Spirit enters our lives, we have access to a portion of our inheritance. As we live in our inheritance here on earth, we want to remember that we represent Jesus to those around us. Being part of a family means you have a responsibility to live out that family’s core values and beliefs. We want to make sure how we live reflects that we are part of God’s family.
Present Suffering for Future Glory
In Romans 8:18, Paul gives us this hope that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” What Paul is saying is there will be a day that will look different than today, day when God’s kingdom will come in full, when the things that plague us will be no more, when God’s glory will be seen in its fullness, and we will be living in a way that many of us cannot even imagine.
This promise paints a picture of our hope that our future is not us going to heaven but a reality where heaven invades earth and all of the current pain and suffering passes away to reveal something that is far beyond the grasp of our current understanding. Therefore, we can endure the pain and suffering now, for it’s only a little while more until He can come and set everything right.
THE LORD IS GOOD
If God is good, why is there so much pain, suffering, and evil in the world? This is one of the most challenging, confusing, and mysterious aspects of scripture to understand. One way people explained God’s sovereignty is that it’s like a cosmic blueprint. God’s plan for the world is always playing out, and in the end, we will look back and see how he worked out everything for good. This interpretation of scripture falls short when we look at passages like Matthew 6:10, where Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This verse teaches us that God’s will is not always being done on earth and that we play a part in bringing God’s kingdom to earth. God is in charge, and he is in control. But not everything that happens on earth is his plan or his will. Scripture teaches that a cosmic battle is happening where evil forces oppose God and lead people to do things outside his will. In the midst of this battle, we are not without hope. We know that God is good and he can be trusted. At the very center of God’s identity is his goodness. So as his people, we keep praying, “May it be on earth as it is in heaven.”
Chosen To Look and Live Like Jesus
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.” One of the practices in scripture that helps us to become like Christ is to behold his glory. When we look at the face of Jesus and behold his glory, we are transformed into his image. As you read the gospels this week, engage your imagination. Imagine Jesus walking through the streets, playing with children, talking to Pharisees, and healing the sick. Stand in the tension of the ways he isn’t like you. Behold your savior who is courageous in the face of adversity, spends time with outcasts, and loves his enemies. He is patient, trustworthy, faithful, and kind. Behold him. There is something about watching him and contemplating his glory that produces transformation.
God is For You
Compared to God’s infinite and eternal love, the things we face in this world are small. In fact, even death itself is not even detrimental. It is simply a transition into a better life and the door to everything God has promised us – and we don’t even have to fight for it.