September 20, 2018

Romans 8:1-2.. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

When we have not given our life to Jesus, we were subjected to the law that is called “law of sin and death”. That is, it does not matter how good we were, once we committed one offence, we were guilty of all, and the punishment is death as it is written in Romans 3:23 “for the wages of sin is death”. Paul is now assuring us that because we have given our lives to Christ we are not condemned to death any more because the blood of Jesus had cleansed us from all our sins, and the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ has been poured upon us. But the only clause is “”if we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh”, then we are not condemned. Therefore how do we walk after the Spirit? The behavior of a believer that walks after the Spirit can be likened to those people who have developed “NO INTEREST” in all the things that are going on in the world, but are only concerned with the LORD’S INTERESTS. This is similar to the situation Paul the Apostle found himself when he made a statement that is recorded in Galatians 2:20 that reads, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Paul says he is living for Jesus alone and not for himself. His flesh has been crucified with the cross of Jesus, and daily he bore the pain that Jesus went through and you can assume that nothing of this world mattered to him any more. This is a crucified life. Jesus also told us that we should deny ourselves and carry our cross and follow Him. This is what the scripture of today is telling us to do, if truly we have given our lives to Jesus Christ. We are under the grace that our Lord Jesus brought, and the grace must not be abused if we want to be free from the law of sin and death. We should allow the Spirit of God to fill us up to the point that we will be acting as true ambassadors of Jesus. That is, our service should not be outward service alone, but service that is deeply rooted in the LOVE of Jesus. If Jesus counted us worthy to be died for in order to forgive us our sins, we also should live a sacrificial life that will forgive whosoever sinned against us.

My prayer is that we will daily be mindful of what Jesus did for us on the cross, and this will guide us to live for Christ alone, so that our  life would be pleasing unto Him. Once we have given our lives to Jesus, the seed of righteousness is sown, and we cannot sin anymore because his seed is in us (1 John 3:9). There are many examples in the scripture of people who lived for God and people around them could not find any fault in them. A good example is Daniel who lived a selfless life and because of his devoted life to God, those who conspired against him paid with their life. His life was transparent and prayerful and God used him mightily. Samuel was honored during his time. As a prophet of God, people held him in high esteem and he lived a godly life, and there was no one that could find fault in him. Joseph also lived a godly life, a life of total dependence on God in all circumstances. Circumstances that could have made him bitter, (thrown into a pit, turned into a slave, and later imprisoned), yet he lived for God and feared God. He forgave his brothers that sold him into slavery, and told them, “the Lord worked to turn their evil plan to a good one.”

Therefore once we are in Christ Jesus, nobody can condemn us as long as we are walking after the Spirit. Satan cannot even harm us because if God is for us, nobody can be against us. But Satan enters through open doors or cracks in people’s lives, when we do not adhere completely to God’ s statutes. God says “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If we do not love our neighbors, we are opening door to the enemy to start painting our neighbor as somebody that can harm us. Then we start thinking evil, which means we have opened door for the Devil to come in. This is the  beginning of walking in the flesh. Therefore a crucified life should Love unconditionally. Love will help us to overcome sin and we will then be doing God’s will if we can allow the Love of God to be paramount in our lives. Ephesians 5:1,2,17, 18 & 21 reads “Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children; And walk in love as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Therefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

Therefore let us walk in the Spirit, so that the fruit of the Spirit can be manifested in us which are,”love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control.” (Galatians 5: 22-23). The LORD will help us to manifest the fruit of the Spirit everyday of our lives in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer..Lord help me to make heaven, by living a live that is worthy of you, and fill me up with your Spirit so that I can live a sacrificial life.

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