Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 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, 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. For 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. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 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. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
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. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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.
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 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. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For 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!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 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.”
We’ve been taking a hard look at our sin. That sin reminds us of our need for Jesus. It makes God’s love, grace and forgiveness even more meaningful. Let’s check out the first 11 verses of Romans 8. You probably know this passage inside and out, but this is an opportunity to read and reflect on your journey. God knows you fully and has forgiven you completely. Based on where you are today, what is impacting you about God’s forgiveness and the Spirit’s presence in your life?
Main Passage: Romans 8.1-17
Does it feel like there are audio files in your head that randomly remind you of the junk from your past? What does verse one say about that?
What is the effect of the Spirit of God in your life, according to this passage?
Thank Jesus for his forgiveness through the cross. Thank the Spirit for his ongoing presence in your life.
Does it ever feel like when we sin that we are monsters? Sin is always waiting nearby. Constantly calling for us to embrace it and give in. It makes us monsters. As a Christ follower, every time I sin Immediately ask myself why I did it and what was I thinking, and I was there! Luckily for us, we do not need to feel condemned for our sins as Jesus has released us from their burden and he breaks the chains they put on our life. It is up to you to break those chains though. You make the decision as to whether past sin holds you back or is just another bump in the road.