September 18, 2019
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Rachel and I appreciate your dedication to the Lord as you pray for His continued work in our lives and in the lives of those we know and love. We pray for our prodigals because it is only through God’s work in their hearts that they will return to Him. We pray for revival because we recognize this, too, can only come from God and His work in us. Our hearts need to be changed, and this is what the Spirit of God is doing!
As we continue in our series on sanctification in Romans eight, there are a number of things that the Spirit is doing in us to bring about character change to make us more like Jesus. The first is that the Holy Spirit enables victory over our flesh. Notice Pauls reasoning:
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live” (Ro