Archive for March 31st, 2016

Life in the Spirit

March 31, 2016

As Christians we believe that we are born again.  We were born in the flesh and now we are born in the Spirit.  This message is about life in the Spirit.

I.  Spirit Minded:  Romans 8:5-11

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. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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.

A.  There is a ongoing struggle between the Spirit and the flesh.  We need to be careful to emphasize the Spirit.  The flesh will struggle to survive and control.  We must be careful to live and walk in the Spirit.

B.  The Spirit of God dwells in us.  We do not function in our own strength, but rather in the strength that the Spirit of God gives to us.

C.  The Spirit gives life.  We are renewed by the presence of the Spirit in our lives.  Our physical body will still grow old, but our spirit will remain healthy and strong.

II.  More Than Conquerors:  Romans 8:31-38

 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    A.  If God is for us, then we are assured of victory.  God is for us.

    B.  God went so far as to give His own Son for us.  What greater level of commitment could be made by anyone?  We may rest assured of the love of God.

    C.  Through God we are more than conquerors.  We are not losers.  We are winners in Christ.

    D.  Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.  Love is a powerful motivator.  God loves us and nothing can change that.  Human love sometimes falters or fades.  God’s love never changes.

III.  Transformed:  Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    A.  We are meant to be a living sacrifice.  That means that we should offer our lives to God so that He may use our lives for His purposes.

    B.  We should not conform to the world.  Christians are meant to be different.  Some Christians try to blend in to their surroundings.  We are meant to stand out from the crowd.

    C.  We are transformed by the Spirit of God,  If the Spirit of God dwells in us, we will be changed.

    D.  As we grow in our relationship with God, we will grow in our ability to discover God’s will for us.  We can discover that which is acceptable, that which is good, and that which is perfect.  Do not settle for merely the acceptable, grow in God so that you may discern that which is perfect.

As Christians we have a new life in Christ.  We should let go of the old life of the flesh and grow to maturity in the life in the Spirit.

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The memory verses for this week are either Romans 8:37-38 or Romans 12:1-2, or both.