Life in the Spirit 5

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Romans 8:3-4 (NET)  For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Sandra was born into a church where the rules were really strict. She was not permitted to wear jewelry,  makeup or any such outward adornment. They had very strict rules concerning food to be eaten and many such things. But Sandra was not born again. Sin was still her boss. When she was in university,  she got pregnant and had to abort it because ‘no one must hear about this’.

She accepted the Lord Jesus in her final year and understood what it really meant to be born again. For the first time in her life, she knew she was righteous and there were the true fruits of righteousness in her life. This righteousness was not born out of the old sense of condemnation but born out of the consciousness of justification.

Laws are good and they are used to bring order, but even the best laws [given by God himself] don’t have the ability to make anybody righteous because laws have to be obeyed in the flesh and the flesh does not have the ability to please God- it is too weak.

The law was given to make people righteous,  but it was weakened by the flesh because the flesh didn’t have the strength to meet up to the righteous requirements of the law. So all the law ended up doing to us was to condemn us and show us how incapable we are of meeting up to God’s righteous requirements.

When a person becomes born again,  he receives an entrance of the Spirit of life that enables him to walk in the righteousness of God. But fellowship with the spirit is key to walking in the spirit. We must learn to cultivate fellowship with the Spirit through His Word, Prayer, and fellowship with other Spirit-filled brethren.

The Holy Spirit is received by faith- when the believer believes that he has been justified because of Christ and would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as a result. It is only by the power of the Spirit that the righteousness of God can be fulfilled and worked out in anyone, because true righteousness originates from the spirit,  and only those who walk in the Spirit can experience it(see Romans 8:4).

Go into today remembering that the only way a person can walk in the righteousness of God is through communion with the Holy Spirit who has been given freely to all who believe.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you live daily in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and please Him in all things.

-Abraham Damilola Arigi

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