Tuesday, July 9, 2013

OUR OBLIGATION



   


Rom 8:12-13
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation — but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
NIV
Remember we said earlier that we are saved by grace and now walk in the grace of God which is opposite to law. We also established that it is foolishness to start depending on keeping certain laws and rules( whether the ones we created or the laws of Moses or ones created by our church) to obtain righteousness with God. Our righteousness with God is based on the grace of God that we receive through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus has paid the debt for our sins and we now have full access to God.
Our text here tells us that we have an obligation to live and walk in the spirit, instead of following the sinful cravings of the flesh; we now have the ability in the grace of God to do this. Grace is never a license to sin but an empowerment to live the life of the Holy Spirit who now dwells within you if indeed you are born again. Remember that being born again does not just stop with water baptism; you also need to be baptized in the Holy Ghost.
Prayer: dear heavenly father, I thank you for the Holy Spirit that you have sent to teach me how to live in this sinful world. I pray that you help me walk in the spirit and not walk after the flesh from this day forth. Amen



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