Romans 8:9-19 (NCV)
9 But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But the person who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10 Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God. 11 God raised Jesus from the dead, and if God’s Spirit is living in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. God is the One who raised Christ from the dead, and he will give life through his Spirit that lives in you.
12 So, my brothers and sisters, we must not be ruled by our sinful selves or live the way our sinful selves want. 13 If you use your lives to do the wrong things your sinful selves want, you will die spiritually. But if you use the Spirit’s help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, you will have true life.
14The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them. 15 The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, “Father.” 16 And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children. 17 If we are God’s children, we will receive blessings from God together with Christ. But we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory as Christ has glory.
18 The sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be shown to us. 19 Everything God made is waiting with excitement for God to show his children’s glory completely.
Lighthouse Regional Church – Concord
Observation: 14 The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them. This is the verse that seemed to jump out to me. In verse after verse, I hear Paul saying that all these things come by the Holy Spirit. If I am to see success in following after Jesus, anything good come to life, any victory over temptation, any spiritual connection to the Heavenly Father, any ability to reflect and share God’s glory and goodness, it will come to the degree I let the Holy Spirit lead me. It may not always come externally in the way or time I would like, but it will come. Until then, His Presence is always with me. Oh, that I would fully trust Him more and more.
Action/Prayer: How will I let the Holy Spirit lead me today? I have a specific thing in mind…I think you may have one too. I invite you to pray this with me; “Holy Spirit, it is only through you that I experience the Presence of the Father and am able to follow after Jesus. Breathe life into all I am and all I do today…especially in this area you have just shown me. Increase my ability to recognize your leading and keep filling me afresh so that I will follow your lead.” Amen.