Romans 8

On Sunday mornings we have been studying the book of Romans. It is nearly impossible to gain a full understanding of that book in one month, but we have been hitting some of the main points in the book.

This week we spent the morning focusing on chapter 8. It’s a chapter full of important truths for those who want to live a life that pleases God.

One continual struggle we face is whether we live according to our own desires or live according to God’s desires. Paul addresses that in verses 12-15. Yesterday I felt the need to commit these verses to memory so when that struggle comes, I know who I am living for.

12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Good Quote to Consider

Started reading Francis Chan’s latest book “Forgotten God” this week.  At the start of one of the chapters, he quoted A. W. Tozer.  I’ve heard Tozer’s name and even have one of his books.  Other than that I really don’t much about him.  I did check to see that his life spanned between April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963.  What he says sounds so much like us today, I was curious to see when he lived.

Here’s the quote:

“We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low.  We have measured ourselves against ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone . . . [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic  power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.”

. . . we have measured ourselves against ourselves . . .

. . . we have manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord . . .

When I read that quote, I thought about us in 2010.  That’s exactly what we (I) do.  Don’t we compare ourselves with others?  Don’t we also try to create things in our life to give us joy?  Look at all the “stuff” we have or want.  Isn’t it primarily there because we are trying to bring  ourselves joy (or what we call happiness)?    It is.  I’ve done it and I’m pretty sure you have probably done it, too.

Hopefully it moves us to identify those things we use as substitutes and seek to allow the Lord to be our source of joy and the One whom we measure ourselves against.