Devotions for September 4, 2017

ROMANS 8:1-5

Life in the Spirit
8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

5 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.

RECEIVING HIS PARDON

Have you ever been forgiven or let off the hook for something you have done wrong? This passage teaches us that because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we now have a way to get right with God. This means that He is greater than our past failures and sin. He is willing to forgive us and not punish us as our sins deserve.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: If you have received Jesus into your life authentically, what are you free from (verse 1)?
Q: Is your life controlled by the Holy Spirit so that you can please God (verse 5)?
Q: Who needs to hear this good news from you today? Pray that the LORD would show you clearly.

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