Wednesday, February 10, 2010

His Word Wednesday

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  -Romans 8:1-11 (NKJV)

Reverend Mike Dorough's favorite book in the Bible is Romans 8.  He uses it to encourage everyone he knows during whatever they are going through, for we are "more than conquerors"!

In plain language the passage above tells us that when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and walk in His ways that you are free from condemnation and the trap of sin.  I know in my life that the Accuser (Satan, Baal, Devil, etc.) tries to make me feel less than worthy to live or to accomplish anything for the Glory of God.  He brings up my past failures whether it's through a memory or someone saying something about it.  Sometimes I fall for his trap and begin thinking about things like:  1) Why would God even want someone like me in His eternal kingdom?  2) How or why would God want to use someone like me?  Do you notice the focus of those questions?  They revolve around me instead of Jesus my Savior.  Jesus came to this earth wrapped in flesh and conquered sin, death, hell, and the grave!  I may be weak but the God who redeemed me is ALL POWERFUL.  As I've heard so many times this is what I have to say when the Accuser comes after me, "Get thee behind me Satan!  I am redeemed by The blood of The Lamb, Jesus Christ, and you have no hold on me because He is holding me!"

Our victory in this life can only be found in the blood of Jesus Christ.  The hymn Victory in Jesus encourages us with these words:   

I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory, How He gave His life on Calvary  To save a wretch like me;  I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood's atoning, Then I repented of my sins And won the victory. (emphasis is mine)

Resting in His Victory,
Mrs. Bubba

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