God's Holy Fire: 'Spirit-life in Mortal Bodies!'

Thursday, October 19, 2023

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.
— Romans 8:10-11 NIV

Key Thought

Our physical bodies are mortal, finite, and temporary. We don't like to think about this fact or admit it to ourselves; but after a certain point in life, our bodies begin to remind us regularly of this reality. The first few chapters of our Bibles tell us that sin brought spiritual and physical death into the world. But when we became Christians, we were reborn by the work of the Holy Spirit. We were made holy, and the Spirit came to live inside of us. So while our bodies are subject to decay, they are also part of a greater reality. They are the place of God's life-giving work through the Spirit, work which will culminate when the same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead also raises us and gives us immortal bodies that are beyond decay. While our physical bodies remind us of our mortality, the Holy Spirit is our reminder, our guarantee, of life forever with God.

Today's Prayer

Father God, thank you for life that cannot be touched by death, disease, or decay. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who makes spiritual life possible even now and who is the guarantee of my unending future life in your glorious and joyous presence. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Romans 8:10-11 NIV —  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.

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.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
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