Read Through Romans – Day 14

ive got the power

Have you ever seen the movie Bruce Almighty?  It’s the story of Bruce Nolan, a TV newscaster who encounters much suffering in a short period of time.  Downcast and frustrated, he ends up in a building where he meets The Big Guy Upstairs.  And during this meeting, Bruce receives all the divine powers to see if he can run things any better.  Bruce tries out his new powers to the tune “I’ve Got the Power” by Snap. (‘90s flashback anyone?)  While I’ve Got the Power is playing, Bruce walks on water, points his fingers at a fire hydrant and the water pours out, and changes from his normal outfit into a more stylish one he sees in a window display… just by using his mind.

Today’s Romans reading could be titled “We’ve Got the Power!”  The question is, do we tap into this amazing power we have?  Read Romans 8:1-13.

Here’s some questions for you to consider:

  • What theme(s) did you notice in Romans 8:1-13?  (Need a hint?  Look for words that repeat.)
  • How does it make you feel to know that “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus”?  (Need a refresher on condemnation?  Click here.)
  • What do you learn about the Holy Spirit from Romans 8:1-13 ? (Review verses 2, 4, 5, 6, 9-11, and 13).
  • Read Romans 8:3-4.  What characteristics of God are displayed in these verses?
  • Read Romans 8:5-8.  Compare the mind of flesh to the mind of the Spirit.
    • How can you tell if your mind is governed by the Spirit? (Romans 8:6)
    • Is your mind controlled by the flesh or the Spirit?  If your mind is controlled by the flesh, take a moment right now and ask God to help you take your thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
  • What are we controlled by if we have the Spirit of God living in us (Romans 8:9)?
  • Why should we have hope according to Romans 8:12-13?
  • What is your reaction to this:  But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live (Romans 8:13)?
    • Do we have to “put to death the deeds of the our sinful nature” by ourselves?
    • How are the deeds of sinful nature put to death?
    • How does this make you feel?
  • The power of the Spirit is mentioned two times in Romans 8:1-13 (verse 2 and 13).  Check out these verses, which also highlight the power of the Holy Spirit, and describe what you discover.
    • This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)
    • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
    • And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)
    • The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line,  and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:3-4)
    • I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
    • And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:4)
  • Which characteristic(s) of the Holy Spirit are most meaningful to you?  Why?

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit… the POWERFUL Holy Spirit that helps us “put to death the deeds of our sinful nature.”  This is incredible news!  We don’t have to stop sinning on our own!!  We can tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.  We can ask God to help us resist the devil so he will flee from us.  We can pray for God to show us the way out of temptation that He promises to provide.  And consider this verse as a morning prayer:

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.  Psalm 51:12 (NLT)

I love how this verse says “make me willing to obey you.”  It’s almost as if the Psalmist is saying, “Father God, I know I’m a sinner and I can’t obey on my own.  Will you make me obey?”

Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) is my prayer for you today:

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power  that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

Tap into the powerful Holy Spirit and follow where the Spirit leads.  Surrender to your Heavenly Father by yoking up with Jesus.  And let Lift My Life Up by Unspoken remind you to let God have His way in you today.

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