Romans 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. [NASB]
When a person receives faith from hearing the Word of God and confesses with his mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, they will be saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. AA At that instant Jesus comes to live within you. A Even though your body will eventually die your spirit is alive eternally because you have received the righteousness of God. B
Also your body becomes the “temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you?” C When I obey His commands “be filled by the Spirit” and “walk by the Spirit” D my spirit is in sync DD with the Holy Spirit. I receive the fruit of the Spirit– love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; E To me this means that I make decisions throughout the day guided by the Holy Spirit that are within either the good, pleasing or perfect will of God.
In 1966 we attended a performance by the London Symphony in Daytona Beach. We set in the balcony and I was mesmerized by how synchronized all the members were following the direction of a visible director. When our church is in sync following our invisible Leader His Disciples can change our city, state, nation and world one person at a time.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. [HCSB]
I will not be conformed to this age– the world system, Satan or my dead flesh. But I will be transformed by renewing my mind from the Word of God. There is power in the Word, the only thing that can transform my life. The symphony director was following music written by a human, but we follow the Word written by God the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. F
When I am obedient to the commands of the Word because I love Jesus then these two verses from Romans promise my spirit will be in sync with the Holy Spirit and I will live a life transformed by the Word. Then I don’t have to settle for the good or pleasing will of God but I can know and obey the perfect will of God.
O God may I desire to continually be in sync with the Spirit and transformed by the power of your Word knowing and obeying the perfect will of God.
Notes: AA- Romans 10:9,13; A- John 17:23, Galatians 2:20; B- 2 Corinthians 5:21; C- 1 Corinthians 3:16; D- Ephesians 5:18c CSB, Galatians 5:16a; DD- “Sync” short for synchronize – to operate exactly together or cause to match precisely; E- Galatians 5:22-23a; F- 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:16-17
Henry Luke 2/19/2018
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