Listen to “Spirit of the Living God” by Vertical Church Band
Maybe I’m a hopeless romantic, but I just love Jesus so much. I love Him with all of my being (that I’m aware of), and I only want what He wants. I truly do hang on His words, and I want Him to continue to move and work in my life; to mold me into the person that He created me to be. I’m not saying all of this because I think that my love is so great for Him. I’m as imperfect as anyone. I say these things because of WHO HE IS. Because who He is stirs this passion in the depths of my heart.
Enough about me!
There is an amazing thing that happens when we decide to give our lives to Jesus… The Holy Spirit comes to live in us. He is our helper; He is our guide to God’s truth in our lives, in all our situations. When He moves, we are moved. He changes and refines us from the inside out. He changes everything, and our love and desire for God grows more and more. Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, the things of the world have no hold on our hearts any longer.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Romans 8:1-17 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And 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 because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now 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.
Lord, thank You for Your Spirit that lives inside me. Thank You for Your voice of truth and grace always in my life; leading me in Your direction. I love You, and I need You. I trust You to take me through this life, on mountain tops and in valleys because I know You are good. And I trust You to move and change everything in me that I might glorify You all my life. Lord, I love You; my life is belongs to You. I will praise You forever, my Lord. Amen