Life-giving Spirit has freed you

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. –Romans 8:2 (NLT)

This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the world, and he is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life. (NLT)

Romans 8:1-11 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.) Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.

Quoted verse: If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Story” – Lynn Hare (Oregon, USA) titled her story “GRACE;” here is Lynn’s story:

“From a wheelchair I leaned forward beside the hospital bed of my four-month-old son, Ben, and touched his small hand. I wished I could reach his cheek below the white bandage wrapped around his head. Machines attached to tubes in his head and chest were keeping him alive. My heart was heavy – not only because we were both in physical pain from a serious car accident but because I was filled with relentless guilt. I had turned to tend to Ben which caused me to drive off the road and level a metal light pole. Now my baby had an immobile eye, arm, and leg. Over and over, I asked God to forgive me – until I heard this whisper in my heart: ‘Do not ask forgiveness a thousand times.   Repent once, and then thank me 999 times for your forgiveness through my son, Jesus Christ.’

“We rejoiced when Ben and I recovered physically, but with a gradual understanding of God’s unconditional forgiveness, another quiet miracle unfolded: I came to forgive myself for harming my son. Our heavenly Father loves us so much that we don’t have to come to God like beggars.   Instead, we can confidently thank God for forgiving us so that we can also forgive ourselves.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My guilt is no match for God’s grace.

Prayer: Thank you, Holy Redeemer, for your grace that flows freely to all of us. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WITH HEAVY REGRETS

To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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