System – Romans 8:1-17, “1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation, but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
This is the grace that is afforded us who believe in Christ Jesus. He was sacrificed so that through him, we might live. We’re not supposed to live according to the sinful nature, but by the spirit that lives within in. No spirit, no life. When Christians live according to the Spirit, they want what the Spirit wants. Their life is marked with peace.
American Christians have always been blessed, but now hundreds of us are going through hard times. We’re here to learn that its time to lean on God and not on our own wealth. I can’t help but wonder, would all of those tent revivals and block parties have been much more fruitful if we all were submitted to God? For the longest time we’ve been able to do this faith thing pretty much on our own with little or no intervention from God. In the process, our faith suffered. Now it’s time to increase that faith by trusting Him to pull through on the things we can’t do for ourselves anymore.
Now is the time when we need the Holy Spirit most. We will learn to care what he cares about. When he asks us to do something, we need to learn to do it, even if we don’t think we have everything we’ll need. Don’t we say that God is all powerful and can do anything? Don’t we say that God is everywhere and sees everything? Don’t we say that God is all knowing and knows absolutely everything down to the thoughts you keep buried in your heart? Then why do we not share among Christians in need? Why do we not put an end to slavery? Why do we default to doing nothing? What glory does that bring to God? Christians, for being named after Christ, we’re sure not living up to His name.