Last week we left off at Romans chapter 8. We were talking about Paul, and he was explaining how we are delivered from sin and condemnation through Jesus who paid our debts at Calvary’s cross.
In verses 5-7 he was pointing out how people are so caught up in the flesh. That is our physical bodies. We do focus a lot on all of the aches pains, hunger, desires of our physical bodies.
It seems to take over. It’s hard not to think about what we need in order to get through our day physically.
Paul makes a distinction here; if our minds are ruled by our carnal desires, things of the flesh, we will find the things of the flesh. We will think only about those things, obsess and be controlled by the physical, and that will eventually lead to death.
Everyone that is ruled by the Holy Spirit thinks about spiritual things. If we seek out things of the spirit, we will find things of the spirit, which will bring life and peace.
In verses 9-12, Paul explains that those who believe and have accepted Jesus, are no longer controlled by the physical but the Spiritual because Christ lives in you. We no longer have to live to satisfy physical desires because the Holy Spirit is putting new sets of desires in our hearts.
This is the same Spirit that flows through God the Father, and the Son, Jesus. We do still, of course, have to eat and drink, but the Holy Spirit will prompt us to become healthier in our choices, to say no to physical desires… because the body is the temple that houses the Spirit of God.
God is stronger than any desire. He knows the shift to becoming more spiritual than physical takes time and practice on our part. He is ever-patient and loving with us through this journey.
Perhaps the best part of Paul’s teaching in this chapter is found in verse 15 where he explains God’s spirit doesn’t make us slaves or afraid of him. We do not have a spirit of bondage, to be in fear. No, instead, we become loved, adopted, his children and we call him Father.
I take much comfort in the fact that we can be sure that he loves us and wants us to be united and someday reunited face to face.
He loves each of us so very much and wants us to seek Him and his spirit out above all other things in this life. When we commit to Him, He can start working miracles in our lives.
I am living proof that He can change a life, a past and a future.
I pray if you are hurting and need a positive change in your life, you will consider looking up these scriptures for yourself.
Make that commitment to Him and see where it leads you.
(Rhonda Sexton is an author and inspirational speaker. She lives in Neosho with her husband and children. She can be reached at email@example.com or 417-389-1222.)