Romans – Chapter 8
- Life in the Spirit
- Carnally or spiritually minded
- Led by the Spirit
- More than conquerors
Walking in the Spirit
The Bible was not written in chapters and verses. These divisions were added for convenience, but at times they hinder us by separating ideas that are connected. Chapter 7 flows naturally into chapter 8. So Romans 7:25 gives us the solution to what is often called the “sin problem”. Actually there is no such thing, we struggle with sin because we do not understand and believe that Jesus has set us free and that we can walk in this new freedom. One of the dysfunctional ideas that we need to correct is how we see our reality. People believe that when God has forgiven them or healed, filled with the Holy Spirit is something static, frozen in time. If we do not see the full manifestation now, they think that they have not received. It is like taking a picture in time and think that it reflects real life. We are alive however, changing every second. When we stop changing, we are dead, we no longer exist in this dimension.
But for God there is no time. It is always now. This is also true for us. We must learn to live in this way. Our past no longer exists and our future simply does not exist and depends on what we do now. The only reality that counts is now. Now is the time to decide and act. Now is the time to connect with God and the Holy Spirit. Now is the time of salvation (2 Cor 6:2) when we receive/take what He is giving us. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not a past experience we had, it’s an ongoing connection. Being saved is not something we experience when we pray in a certain way, it is living in the Kindom of God, now.
How does that happen? It is actually quite simple, and it depends on us. Where are we directing our awareness, the world around us, the problems we are experiencing or God`s presence with us? He said that He never leaves us, nor forsakes us (Heb 13:5). But do we truly believe Him or it is just a Scripture we repeat to encourage ourselves with little result?
When we truly believe it, we will experience His Presence at all levels, mentally, emotionally and physically, because it is real. God is everywhere. This will be our reality. To explain this better, if I am next to you, but you don’t look at me, don’t talk with me, don’t think about me, you certainly will not be aware of my presence and I will have no impact on you. If I get your attention in any way, then you will interact more with me and my presence will produce effects in your life. It`s the same with God.
This is why “practicing His Presence” has such a profound effect in us. This is why the “prayer of faith” is so powerful and effective and produces an immediate change in our reality. If you live in the presence of your problems they will be your reality and likely you will magnify them to the point that they become insoluble, and God will become effectively powerless in your life (Rom 8:5-8).
Do you realize the implications of what I am sharing with you? It is time we start living in God’s Kingdom, now.
Going back to Romans 8:1, how do you actually feel right now? If you are in Christ Jesus, you should feel no condemnation. But it does not stop there. You should feel more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37), strong, healed, relaxed, at peace and with no fear. When you are in that state, you cannot sin.
Chapter 8 talks about walking in the Spirit, which is living in the Kingdom. This is also walking in healing, victory, peace and love.
Forget about your “sinful nature” which does not exist. That word is not in the Bible, just in some translations. That word should be literally translated “flesh”. Your nature is not sinful, your nature is that you have been created in the image of God. That did not change with the fall. Your problem is your flesh, which you inherited in part from your parents. If you understand what the flesh is, you know that our flesh is all the beliefs we have that are contrary to God’s laws. Your nature cannot be changed. It is like the hardware of a computer. On the other hand, your flesh is like the software of a computer. It can be changed, but you cannot do it in your strength. I will explain this at length in another blog.
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