Romans 8:1-14 NIV
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.10 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. 11 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.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
As tedious as baggage may be on a vacation, there is baggage we carry every day that is even more of a burden. Many of us carry a large suitcase full of regret, a handbag full of shame, a trunk load full of guilt. Each of us have made mistakes, done stupid things, and hurt ourselves and other people, and we are often haunted by our past choices. We chose to do things that we knew were wrong and found out the price we had to pay was higher than we bargained for - and we can easily get weighed down with the baggage of bad memories and bad consequences. As a result, too many of us, are not consistently enjoying victory and peace in our life.
When I’m feeling weighted down by this kind of baggage, I often reread one of my favorite chapters in the Bible - Romans 8. Over the next few weeks I want to lift up some of the truth that is found this chapter. I believe the Holy Spirit, working through the words of the Apostle Paul, will help us to think differently and find a new strength for living in victory.
- 1.07 15 2018: Acquitted and Equipped (Kelly McClendon)