The other day I was reading Romans 8 . . . and coming to the conclusion that it's one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I know I've read it many times before, but it just hit me how much is in this one. And how amazing it is that we get to apply it to our lives.
I was especially hit by Romans 8:11.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
WOW. I don't think I ever really paused to consider that the Spirit--the same Spirit I have in me--is that life-giving, dead-raising force. He raised Jesus from the dead. He breathes life. And He's in me. Not just coming upon me on occasion, like they recorded in the Old Testament, but dwelling within us.
What excuse do we ever have for feeling dead inside?? We've all been there, right? Those days, weeks, months when we can't feel our faith--and since faith isn't an emotion, we don't need to feel it. But there's something to this thought too--when the Spirit is within us, we cannot be dead. And if we feel we are...? Then something is deceiving us. It could be disease, chemical imbalance...or it could be the enemy of the Spirit whispering lies.
But we need to attune our ears to His truth instead--one of the other things about the Spirit that always made me sit back and go Wow. His job is to provide us with the Truth. With guidance. With comfort. So when He is there within us, so is Truth. And we can be nothing but alive and vital.
Another thing hit me with that--what is alive and vital is growing, always. Am I?
Sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Sometimes it seems I've stagnated. But just like with water, what is stagnant is death. And He is life.
So what do we do when we find ourselves struggling with this? Not feeling like these verses tell us we should? Not able to wrap our minds and hearts around what we know is true but seems so . . . distant?
The answer comes in verse 15.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Another WOW. The Spirit never wants to make us feel any of those negatives. He wants us to remember that we've got a family now, a literally-awesome one. And with Him in us, that gives us certain privileges. Like calling out to the most Holy One and calling him Daddy.
Thank you, Lord, for calling us out of fear, out of death. Thank you for calling us into your family. And thank you for filling us with the very Spirit of Life.