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Title: Life: Empowered by the Holy Spirit Pt. 1 - Romans 8:1-11
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Goal: this task will cause the confidence in the goal to Applying God's Word to your life.
Pastor Nick Sterner published this Behavioral Task at isodoit.com under Societal and Lifestyle | Religion
Doers: 5 | Form: Behavioral Task | Phase: Review | Type: Primary | Level: 3 | Code:
Start: Jul 23, 2019 | When: | Duration: 25 Minute(s)
Elements: ( element | product | description | amt )
  • Bible : Nonfiction : Textbook | | | 1 Each
Steps:
  • Read Romans 8:1-4. But, before you do, pray the following, or something similar: "Lord, clear my mind of any presuppositions I may have regarding this passage of Scripture. Allow me to open my eyes to it as though I was reading it for the first time and it was written directly for me. Grant me the faith, courage, and boldness it will take to apply this text to my life throughout the week. Amen."

    Now read Romans 8:1-4:

    "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."
    response:
  • Most of the time, when reading these verses, we tend to get really excited about v. 1. No doubt, v. 1 one of the sweetest affirmations to a Christian's ears, but we miss so much by stopping there.

    As Christians, we need to understand that we do not operate from a position/posture of trying to earn God's favor or grace. It is impossible for us to do that, and we must understand that that has already been accomplished through the sufficient work of Christ. We now operate from a position of freedom from the condemnation our sin and shortcomings deserve.

    How often do you feel as though you are free from condemnation?
    response:
  • The implications of this go even further. As God's children, to go through life by our own strength, relying on ourselves and using worldly methods and reasoning as though God is not a reality in the way we live reveals a hypocrisy in us. One moment we claim to believe in and have a relationship with the Creator of the Universe who cares about us deeply and provides for our every need, and the next minute we stress out over the simplest issues and go about things as though God isn't there at all. We claim to know God, yet our lives resemble a functional atheism. Our actions and words don't measure up. This is sin. More specifically, this is idolatry, as we have allowed life's circumstances to become bigger and more important to us than the God we claim to believe in.

    What areas of your life have you allowed to become idols (more important and realistic to you than pursuing God in those situations)? Some examples might be:

    - the way you handle business deals at work
    - what you do for fun
    - financial hardships
    - relationship struggles
    - sin issues (lust, covetousness, materialism, etc.)

    Keep in mind that it is only by God's Holy Spirit that you can see these things for what they are, a departure away from, and an affront to God. If you can't think of anything specific, ask God to reveal them to you.

    When you have an answer, write it in the box below.

    Example: "Lord, I have been going through life as though you aren't with me. My circumstances have become bigger than you. I acknowledge you with my lips, but I've been going through my relationship problems on my own. You are bigger than all of my situations, God. Allow me to
    response:
  • It's important for us to remember the historical concreteness of the Gospel, as well as the reality of the imminent physical return of the Lord. The more we remember this, the more we come face-to-face with the realization that the Gospel MUST have real impact on the way we live our lives on a daily basis. While God, and good news of Jesus Christ, are very spiritual and supernatural, they are also far more real than anything we can see or touch.

    Read Ephesians 6:12 -

    "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

    Do you agree that it's important to live life in accordance with the truth that our relationship with God is just as real as anything we can put our hands on?
    response:
  • You're probably familiar with the term, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Humanity in general is capable of doing remarkable things, even outside of Christ. Nobody can deny that. We can set remarkable goals and achieve them: we can build businesses, architecture, create beautiful paintings and music, etc. All of these attributes come we being created in God's image, as we see we were in Genesis 1-2. All of humanity has been given an amazing creative attribute in many ways. Unfortunately, ever since Genesis 3, we have lived in a fallen world, and all of us are born into sin. While we may still have amazing creativity and and ingenuity, unless the Holy Spirit has opened our eye to Christ, and the Lord has enabled us to, we are incapable of setting our minds on the things of God. We may be able to make money, do wonderful things for humanity, build nations, and go to space, but fallen man is no longer capable of seeking God. Take a moment and read Romans 8:5-8 -

    "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 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."

    Mark "successful" once you've let those verses sink in.
    response:
  • The best news about the passage you just read is that in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to set our mind of the things of God, and we can choose to pursue Him. We can intentionally take our eyes off of the things of the flesh and of the world, and we can set them on the things of God. This is a result of what we read in v. 1-4. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that we choose to set our minds on the right things all of the time.

    Do you agree that you sometimes find yourself setting your mind on things of the world and of the flesh, instead of setting your mind on the things of God?
    response:
  • Take a moment to identify the areas in your life in which you have been setting your mind on things of the flesh, or things of the world.

    Some examples include:

    - pursuing your identity through accomplishment
    - lustful thinking
    - constantly pursuing more money
    - compromising integrity and/or conviction to benefit yourself monetarily
    - Bitterness and/or grudges with others - not pursuing reconciliation - regardless of who wronged who.
    - idolizing self-esteem

    These are just a handful of examples of things that, even as Christians, we have a tendency to fall into. When you know what areas of your life you have been pursuing the world and/or the flesh in, write them into the space below. If nothing comes to mind right away, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you.

    Examples:

    "Lord, I have not been pursuing you in certain areas of my life. I have been setting my eyes on things of the world by pursuing my identity in accomplishment."

    "Father, I have been seeking fulfillment by seeking more money instead of you."
    response:
  • In Romans 8:9-11, Paul reminds the Roman Christians that they are no longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit. This is a reminder that every Christian needs to be reminded of constantly. Take a moment and read the passage.

    "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 the Spirit who dwells in you."

    Did the passage sink in? Mark yes or no in the response box below.
    response:
  • In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Paul describes the type of warfare we are to engage in on a daily basis. Take a moment to read the passage below:

    "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete."

    Take a moment and meditate on what Paul is saying here. Did Paul's words sink in? Mark yes or no below.
    response:
  • In short, we have access to supernatural means to overcome worldly thinking and hardships. When we allow ourselves to succumb to the world's ways of going about life, not only are we in sin, but we sell ourselves short by buying into the lie that what the world offers us is better than what we have in Christ.

    Is there anything in your life that you would like to repent of in light of this? Take a moment to write it in the space below.
    response:
  • Learning to walk according to the Spirit is not something that comes naturally to us. Until the Holy Spirit drew us to Christ and into repentance, we weren't even able to comprehend the things of God. Walking in this new way of life takes time, being intentional, and a continual seeking of the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas of your life that need attention. The good news is, as we saw in Romans 8:1, there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ. This means that God is faithful to forgive us when we fall short, and is glad to enable us to overcome these things in our lives.

    Take a moment and ask God to enable you to take every thought captive, and to engage life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Feel free to write your request in the space provided below.
    response:
  • In seeking to make this a way of life, repetition is key. How important is it for you to learn to live life by the power of the Gospel as opposed to the ways of the world?
    response:
  • Are you willing to act on that by going through this isoblog 2-3 times a week?

    If you are interested in scheduling this as part of your discipleship training with Danger Company, be sure to schedule this isoblog for 2-3 times per week.
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