More than Conquerors – Romans 8:1-39

More than Conquerors – Romans 8:1-39

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit

Paul’s letter to the Romans gives us a clear description of what it means to be “Set Free” in Christ.  No longer a slave to sin and the law, Christ makes us free to live a life full of the Holy Spirit.

Being free from the law and living by the Spirit doesn’t simply mean that we can “do whatever we want.”  What it means is that our “want-to” has been changed.  When the Holy Spirit cleanses and indwells us, we find that our desires have been transformed… that we are no longer controlled by self and sin, but that we are controlled by the very Spirit of God that lives within us.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” It’s not that delighting ourselves in the Lord is a recipe to get whatever we want.  It’s that delighting ourselves in the
Lord means that our desires come from Him, instead of from ourselves.

Are you truly free?  Are you unencumbered from all the world would call you to?  Have you “[thrown] off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Heb. 12:1)?  Does the Spirit of God reign in your life?

Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
                               – Daniel Iverson  

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