Bible Reading: Romans 8.12-17
So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:12-17
What powerful words we have been reading and studying during these daily devotionals and today is no different. America’s leading theologian, John Piper, describes Romans as the greatest letter written and this chapter (8), the greatest chapter in The Bible. He goes on to say, “There is no other chapter in which so many glorious truths are marshaled to help us obey only one implied command. Live by the Spirit not the flesh and so fulfill the whole law – that is, love. “
You see we have two choices: live in the flesh or live in the spirit. If we truly have Jesus living in us, then we should live like one of God’s children, a brother or sister of the Lord Jesus himself! And as such we can call out “daddy” to creator of the universe and He will hear our voice as one of His children.
As His child, we should be known by two things: Loving God, our father, first above everything and secondly, loving others more than ourselves.
As His child, we have been promised a great inheritance, an eternal life with The Great AM!
Our prayer is that our neighbors would see Jesus in us and that we would get the opportunity to share His great love with them: first by praying for our neighbors, our friends, and our families and then sharing the Gospel with them.
Weekly Memory Verse: A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40