Freedom from Defeat
Everyone needs a friend.
Life is hard enough without trying to “go it alone” so to speak. Certainly we all are responsible for our own lives, but there is something wonderful and encouraging to know that we have a friend or two who are journeying through life with us.
Our desire and need for a friend is evident in times of great joy. Joy shared is twice the joy! Our need for a friend is also evident in times of loss, challenge and struggle.
We see this in our relationship with God and with others. On the one hand, we intend to please God and then find that we dropped it at work or at school. We don’t like displeasing the God who sent His Son to save us. We experience defeat and we don’t like it.
It is also true that we don’t like failing in our relationships. Yet we are all too aware of our weaknesses. How easy it is to be influenced by pride and selfishness instead of love and joy and peace! We need a coach, a teacher, and a leader to help us in our faith journey.
Really, we need a friend. We need a friend who can encourage us, counsel us, comfort us, and generally lead us in the way that would please God and benefit us now and for all eternity.
I’ve got good news!
You have such a friend. The Holy Spirit is the friend of every person who trusts Jesus for salvation (Eph. 1:13-14).
“What can we count on the Holy Spirit to do?” you ask.
I’m glad you asked.
Our study of Romans chapter 8 continues this Sunday as we explore the privilege we have to Build our lives in freedom through Jesus. In our study this week, we will learn about the work of the Holy Spirit. We will be assured that we indeed have a friend in the transformation business.
Read carefully the text from Romans 8 included at the end of this email. Then give thanks for your friend from high places, the Holy Spirit.
Scripture for this week:
Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom. 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Romans 8:12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.