Reap What?

 “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Rom 8:4

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that when we sow in the spirit, we can live out the divine nature that God has given us.  Every time we do this, we are asserting spiritual dominion and letting our flesh know that God reigns in us.

Life in the Spirit is a journey and there are many great passages throughout the Bible that discusses the benefits of salvation in Christ.  In my message today, ‘Reap What?’ I want to use Romans 8 to describe the blessings that we can reap when we believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  How to live a life directed by God?

Elects Ought To Walk In The Spirit  vs 4

There is no short cut to learning how to walk with the Spirit.  It is not just for the pastors and spiritual leaders but it is for all elects to cultivate a habitual fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  Walking in the Spirit is a life of continual acknowledgement of God’s Presence in our hearts.  Walking in the Spirit is the central metaphor for describing what it means to live as an elect.  The elect who walks according to the Spirit will in fact have the essence of the law fulfilled in his life.

Elects Ought To Set The Minds On the Things Of The Spirit  vs 5

The elect who has been regenerated by the Spirit is not bound in sin.  By the Spirit, the pull of the flesh can be resisted and replaced.  To ‘put to death the deeds of the flesh’ is pretty much the same thing as saying no to sin.  Just by saying no will never allow us to consistently overcome sin.  Then what must we do?  We must say no by the Spirit.

Elect Ought To Be Led BY The Spirit  vs 14

The Holy Spirit leads us broadly most of the time but also more specifically at times.  The Holy Spirit always leads us through the written Word, which was   revealed  to  the  prophets  by  the  Holy  Spirit.   2 Pet 1:20-21   Elects are to prayerfully, carefully  and  humbly apply  broad  biblical wisdom to the situations we face in our lives.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit leads us directly.  The Holy Spirit can choose to act in any way and according to any timetable that He wishes.  We do not dictate to Him how and when He should move.  An elect who submits to the Holy Spirit is well governed.

Elects Ought To Know Fatherhood Of God By The Spirit vs 15-17

Without the Holy Spirit, elects would never know their freedom and identity as God’s adoptive children.  Thankfully, God has freely given us through His Spirit in Rom 8 some amazing facts about our adoption.  Firstly, the Holy Spirit acts as the go-between Who takes us out of a place of slavery and brings us into a place of adoption and acceptance.  Secondly, the Holy Spirit helps us to cry out to God as Father.  Thirdly, the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are now children of God.

Elects Ought To Hope In The Spirit  vs 22-25

The biblical concept represented by the English word ‘hope’ is so strong that it is almost a synonym for ‘eager expectation’ .  The focus of the expectation isn’t that life will get better here but it is absorbed with the glorious life to come.  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in all this? Rom 8:23  In this passage, it is precisely the presence of the Spirit within us that causes us to feel the yearning for our final redemption in the midst of a fallen world.  In this way, the Holy Spirit reminds us of the stark contrast between the wonderful things God has prepared for us and this fallen world that is so full of sin, suffering and futility.

Elects Ought To Pray In The Spirit  vs 26-28

These two verses are so rich and helpful in our lives in the Spirit.  Firstly, we learn that we are weak when we come to prayer.  Secondly, we learn that the Spirit joins to help us when we are struggling to know how to pray by interceding for us with wordless groaning.  Thirdly, the Spirit is searching our hearts and knows that we have a mind set that is focused on Him, even if we do not know exactly what we are suppose to pray.  Finally, the result is that our prayers are prayed ‘according to the will of God’  because the Holy Spirit is moving and guiding us to pray to the Father.

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