July 27, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

Today’s Reading

Romans – Chapter 8

  • Life in the Spirit
  • Carnally or spiritually minded
  • Led by the Spirit
  • More than conquerors

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 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.

 


© 2012, Pastor Maurizio. All rights reserved.

About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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8 Responses to July 27, 2012 – Daily Bible Reading

  1. Robyn says:

    1) I found Romans 8:19 very touching: “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”
    2) What is Romans 8:20-21 speaking of?

    • Pastor Maurizio says:

      Rom 6:19-23 – God did not create us to live in the present state. Our natural state, the state we internally know we should have is that of Adam before the fall. We and the world now are in a fallen, corrupted state, but God has made it possible for us to return to that glorious state and we shall have the liberty of God’s children. Those who have received the Holy Spirit now have the firstfruit of this spiritual life and desire to receive the full manifestation of the adoption as children of God and the redemption of their earthly body.

    • Robyn says:

      So verse 20 (“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope”) refers to what happenned after Adam sinned, when he had to leave the garden of Eden?

      • Pastor Maurizio says:

        Yes.

  2. CecileC says:

    Romans 8:2 This Spirit of life is the Holy Spirit, which was a present at the creation of the world Genesis 1:2 and is the power behind all born-again Christian. He gives me the power I need to live my Christian life.

    I have been focused on the Holy Spirit since last Wednesday at our group we had. I believed things that were wrong, and by coming to Wednesday night I am changing my beliefs (if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will always get the same result-something like that – so do something different – dahhh).

    One thing that stuck with me was “I have a big part in what the Holy Spirit does. Understanding the power of the Holy Spirit I can continue to operate more effectively. I am a co-worker with the Holy Spirit, I ask him to get the power to do what God has called me to do. Like Pastor said the Holy Spirit is my starting point! Luke 1:35 was a real eye opener as well, I am so excited with all the understanding that I getting. What seemed “hard” has become easiar, my attitude has changed as well. I encourage you to meditate, pray, fast and come Wednesday night and I guarantee it, your live will never be the same! Holy Spirit I pray that you continue to guide my every steps, I pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. AMEN

  3. ElizabethCa says:

    Romans 8 contains some of my favorite verses: Romans 8:28 – all things work together for good to those who love God…; Romans 8:37 – Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us; and Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God… How great is His love for us! He is always working for our good, guiding us, teaching us, helping us, encouraging us, protecting us, lifting us up and empowering us. He sent Jesus when we didn’t deserve it. He gave us the Holy Spirit to live within us. Halleluia!

  4. PeterCard says:

    I have read Romans 8

  5. MariaM says:

    I have read Romans 7 and 8.

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