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31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

For those who are in Christ, God is on Your Side!

 

32 He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all.

32 How will he not also WITH HIM grant us everything?

For those who are in Christ, God has given you a Way!

33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. 

For those who are in Christ, God has Forgiven you of all sins! He has “justified” you!

34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 

For those who are in Christ, God has Cleared you of all Condemnation!

35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

36 As it is written: Because of you, we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

For those who are in Christ, There is Nothing That Can Separate You From God’s Love!

(7/15) Romans 8:12-17 “You’re A Part Of God’s Family”

Main Idea: God Adopts Sinners and Makes Them Saints

 

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:12–17 (CSB)

v12-14 God’s Children Listen To Their Father (The Spirit)
v15 God’s Children Do Not Fear, God’s Children Cry Out To Him
v16-17 God’s Children Will Receive His Glory

Romans 8:1-11 ”No Condemnation”

Main Idea: Believers Live The Spiritual Life

 

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering,, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. The mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. 10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:1–11 (CSB)

 

v1-4 Because Believers Are Forgiven & Free
v5-8 Because Believers Think on Spiritual Things
v9-11 Because Believers Live In The Spirit

blood donation.jpg  600×400Well, to put this into a little context, my wife and I had to give some blood yesterday. Now you may be saying to yourself, “so what, that is no big deal.” But for my wife and I, it is a big deal. We both hate the sight and thought of needles and blood. I am not sure if it was those traumatic visits to the doctor in early childhood that freaked us out or maybe it is just the thought of something foreign entering our bodies that gives us the heeby jeebies. But regardless it is not good, the amount of anxiety triples in a matter of seconds when those needles come around.

Even now as I am reflecting back on the whole experience, my mind keeps drawing connections between this experience of giving blood to how things we do that are against God’s will (sin) affects our lives. For example we can use the sin of sex outside of a marriage relationship. Because this is a common thing for our culture today, I will assume that most people will be able to draw the lines as we discuss this.

(Side Note: I am NOT saying that giving blood is a sin. I fully support the giving of blood. 🙂 )

The Anxiety of it all

Just as my wife and I were filled with anxiety waiting for the phlebotomist (person who draws blood) to arrive, the same occurs as we prepare to sin. Now people react differently to anxiety depending on the situation through emotions such as fear, guilt, and excitement. But regardless, we all do this. In our example, think of the girl preparing for her date who is filled with anxiety as she thinks of the night she will have with her boyfriend.

In The Moment

The wild thing is, that once the phlebotomist was there and taking the blood, it was not a big deal. After a little prep, a slight pinch, and a few seconds it was over. Just like our sin, we often times do not look at it as a big deal. For the girl and her boyfriend this may have been the first or twentieth time they have slept together but because of their context they don’t view it as a big deal. It is just something that happened and they move on.

The Effects

The problems with this thought process there are lasting affects. You see, after I gave blood my arm began to swell and bruise. It was sore all day yesterday and is still sore this morning. But I didn’t think about the lasting affects before I gave blood. It wasn’t until they hit me that I truly became aware of them. In the same way that girl and guy may have lasting affects due to their promiscuity. I do not need to tell you how babies are made, or count the innumerable amount of sexually transmitted diseases out there to get my point across. Even if they do not produce a child and they do not contract an STD, they are still creating a bond that will last them the rest of their lives and will have to be explained to their future spouse. My point is, that the girl and boy are not thinking of those things as they engage in their relationship.

The Application

So what do you do? You know you will desire to sin again and again. The answer, you prepare for when you will desire to sin.

You think about the effects of things before you do them.

Don’t be naive, we all will face the consequences of the things we do wrong. It is just a matter of time. So shake off that “it will never happen to me” mentality and start asking yourself the hard questions.
What is your sin doing to your relationship with God?
What will it cost you in the long run if things go wrong?
Who will it hurt when things go wrong?
Who will you have to confess your sins to when things go wrong?

Don’t get caught up in the moment of life and let yourself sin.

Set boundaries to protect yourself. If this is a promiscuous relationship, do not allow yourself to be alone with that person. Stay around other couples or friends. We must put safe guards on our lives before we get into a sticky situation.

Avoid the effects of sin.

By thinking ahead and taking precautions on the front end, we will be able to avoid the effects of those sins.

 

Think of the words of Paul to the Romans in regard to what we just talked about.

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
(Romans 6:11-14 ESV)