Posts Tagged 'presence of the Spirit'

Lent: Our Struggle

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Romans 8:6-11

When your engine making weird noises, or your computer is behaving strangely, or there’s a sudden change in health status; It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on internally!

Why Is The Spiritual Life A Struggle?

We’re Stuck With Two States ~ Romans 8:6-8

  • v6 “mind of the flesh” to live according to that state; “mind of the Spirit” to live in the state of the Spirit
  • v7 description of the meat-minded: hostile/OPPOSED; it wants its OWN way, not God’s, and it CAN’T choose God on its own!
  • v8 NOT merely “controlled by” but IN THE FLESH; there’s no separation. We do NOT have a neutral nature that is somehow influenced by a bad fleshly side and a good godly side

we are either living led by the Spirit, or we are quite literally meat-heads

We’re Settled By One Spirit ~ Romans 8:9

  • v9 IF the Spirit lives in you, you aren’t “of the flesh”; Spirit brings life and peace to the spiritually dead (God breathed the Spirit-becomes a living soul); CONVERSELY, if the life lived isn’t of the Spirit, that means the Spirit isn’t present = meat-minded

If a person can’t live led by the Spirit, they’re lost

We’re Saved To Serve Forever ~ Romans 8:10-11

  • v10 NOTE: your body is dead because of sin whether you have the Spirit or not; all flesh dies. The point Paul makes here is that even though your meat-tent will pass away, what is YOU, your SELF, doesn’t need to: when you allow the Spirit to make Your life His HOME, He brings you to life, KEEPS you alive, and produces His righteousness IN you to show you it works
  • v11 God’s Spirit OVERRIDES death; we no longer need fear it, because we will live THROUGH/PAST it; our bodies will still fade, but they are merely temporary dwelling places for our SELVES which have been joined to the Spirit. And since the Spirit (our roommate in us) will live forever, so will we!

Ezekiel 37:14~ I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'”

God DESIRES to bring us to life: but we have to receive what He gives on His terms so we know HE is at work, not us.

Walking in Two Worlds: Birthday Presence

Walking in Two Worlds: Birthday Presence Sermon Audio Here


Ezekiel 37:24-28; Romans 8:22-27

Pentecost is often considered the Church’s birthday. And often, on birthdays, gifts are given. Two of the ways of determining if a gift is a good are 1) it significantly represents the giver; and 2) it meets the needs/wants of the receiver.

Every Christian Can Receive Two Gifts From God

The Promise of Presence
Ezek. 27:24-28

  • v24/25 God’s promise to exiled Israel: you WILL be together
  • v26 you WILL be at peace
  • v27/28 you WILL live with God

The Presence in Prayer
Rom. 8:22-27

  • v22/23 God’s promise to all of us: you WILL be redeemed
  • v24/25 you WILL have hope
  • v26/27 you WILL have help

How does this help us today? When we realize that God keeps His promises based on WHO HE IS, not who we are, they become anchor points in our lives. We don’t need to worry about what our future will hold; even if times get tough, we know that God will bring us through. We can also hold on to those benefits RIGHT NOW; our hope isn’t JUST about our eventual salvation; it’s about experiencing God’s presence and help every day, if we’ll just submit to the Spirit.


Pastor Ed Backell

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