God's Holy Fire: 'Follow the Spirit'

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
— Romans 8:3-4 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus paid the price for sin and ended sin's control over us and over our destiny. No words can adequately thank Jesus for the price he paid and the gift he gave. His purpose was to free us to live by the Spirit — the Holy Spirit he pours out on us when we come to him and are reborn into a new life (Titus 3:3-7). The real question you and I face each day is whether we will consciously, intentionally, and prayerfully seek to follow the Spirit.

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, I confess that I often don't consciously engage my heart and mind around the leadership of the Spirit in my life. Please remind me each day of this need that I have. Please make your Spirit's presence tangibly real as I commit to depending upon his leadership more and more in my daily life. In Jesus' name, I ask for this grace. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Romans 8:3-4 NLT —  He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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