With that said, as believers we can be confident that it is God who “leads us” to the various people He puts in our path each day… confident that God has already prepared them to hear from us in some way, even if it means only planting a seed of kindness in their lives. The first place in Romans that mentions the Spirit, or spirit, is chapter 1. Don't have an account? The apostle Paul said, “I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus…. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Romans 15:13, CSB: "Now may the God of hope … Likewise the apostle John said, “If we ask anything according to His will He hears us… and that we will have the requests that we have asked of Him (1 Jn 5:14-15). On the other hand, the faithful child of God who is obedient from the heart always says with the psalmist, “O how I love Thy law!” (Ps 119:97). The general ministry of God’s Spirit in prayer is a seriously misunderstood and neglected reality in the Church today, yet we are clearly told in Scripture that our access to the Father is not only through the Son, but through the Spirit (Rom 8: 26-27, 34; Eph 2:18; 6:18) — the Holy Spirit’s inspiration is as necessary as the Son’s mediation. As you pray,    if you think that the Holy Spirit is impressing upon you that you need to be doing something in particular, or need to be praying about something in particular, spend more time on that point. For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature. Scripture does teach that the person in whom the Holy Spirit lives can consistently live a life that pleases the Lord when he sets his mind on the things of the Spirit and puts to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit. Romans 15:19 by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit also helps Christians in … The wonderful truth here is this — when we sign with inarticulate desires, it is the Holy Spirit Himself who is interceding on our behalf, prompting these groans. Though we frequently lack the ability to clearly articulate our prayers, God still hears our groanings and understands them. The Scottish theologian David Brown said, “If you don’t kill sin, sin will kill you.”  Conversely, Jesus said, “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of your parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell” (Mt 5:29). Romans 15:13 (WNT) May God, the giver of hope, fill you with continual joy and peace because you trust in Him--so that you may have abundant hope through the power of the Holy Spirit… Set Your Mind on the Things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5-8). The mind set on the Spirit is not just about what you do in the moment of temptation — it is a reorienting of your thoughts, your desires, and your motivations, so that a Spirit-oriented focus becomes the established pattern of your life. Romans 8:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 8:2, NIV: "because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." Each time we respond to the Spirit’s promptings and receive confirmation that it was in fact the Spirit, we become increasingly able to discern what the Spirit is doing and have more confidence in His guidance. Instead, we should penetrate the peripheral things to see the life and the spirit within. You have no doubt heard it said that a person’s character is the sum total of a lot of little choices. Reflect upon the words of James Montgomery —, Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire… uttered or unexpressed,The motion of a hidden fire… that trembles in the breast.Prayer is the burden of a sigh… the falling of a tear,The upward glancing of an eye… when none but God is near (Stott, p. 99), The Lord Jesus said, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it (Jn 14:14)… “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn 15:7). With that as background, we turn to Romans 8:5-17 where we discover three gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given to every believer. The scope of Romans 8:1-4 is to show how “the law of sin and death” is deprived of its power to bring believers again into bondage, and how the holy law of God (the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus) receives in them the homage (worship) of a living obedience. [therefore let us] obey the Holy Spirit and pray as He directs, for He knows what our petitions should be. Just as the first handful of ripened grain is a pledge of the entire harvest to follow, so the Holy Spirit is the pledge or guarantee that a future full inheritance will be ours. The Father understands exactly what the Spirit is thinking because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. The key here is “being open” to the Lord’s leading. Leading of the Spirit - … God’s Spirit sover-eignly leads His children in many ways, including ways that are often direct and unique, though the primary way in which God leads us is divinely clarifying His Word to make it understandable to our finite and still sin-stained minds. Romans 15:13, NLT: "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. The truth of the matter is “God is at work in us both to will and to do His good pleasure” (Phil 2:  12-13), and His work takes on manifold dimensions. So “in hope we have been saved” (Rom 8:24) — the completion of our salvation is presently a “hope,” and not yet a “reality,” so “with perseverance we wait eagerly for it” (Rom 8:25; Phil 1:6; 1 Pet 1:13). 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. Paul uses the word “walk” thirty-two times in his letters — “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph 4:1)… “walk in love” (Eph 5:2)… “walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8)… “walk by faith” (2 Cor 5:7)… “walk by the Spirit” (Gal 5:16, 25)… “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Col 1:10). Do you habitually ponder them in relation to your present suffering? For one thing, our bodies are weak, fragile and mortal, subject to fatigue, sickness, pain and death (2 Cor 5:2, 4). Do your best to present yourself approved to God (2 Tim 2:15). Romans 8 Life Through the Spirit. One might wonder what he is on about. As a believer faithfully and submissively saturates his mind and heart with God’s truth, his Spirit-controlled behavior will follow as sure as night follows day. Obviously, the Holy Spirit can choose to act in any way that He wishes. The apostle Paul writes, “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Rom 8:11). Paul stresses that you will live if (and only if) you mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body. So life in the Spirit has  a lot to do with our “mind-set” — whatever our minds are set upon will determine to a large degree how we are doing in our Christian walk. Try it for 30 days FREE. That is what it means to “pray in the Spirit” (Eph 6:18). An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! Though the Holy Spirit doesn’t always lead us this way, sometimes He does. Writes  John MacArthur:  “The seeking, willing, and obedient heart is open to the Lord’s leading” (p. 431). It was one I heard in a recent sermon. When the Spirit leads us He does so by making us sensitive to issues and situations, that result in our being encouraged to take some kind of action. Remember, even believers cannot “bear fruit” apart from Christ — branches can only bear fruit when they abide in the vine (Jn 15:5). In chapter 7 he makes the case that living a holy life does not come by keeping the law; because the law does not provide the power that is necessary to overcome the believer’s sin disposition. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. So life as a Christian is “cooperating” with the Holy Spirit in a daily walk; as believers, we are now no longer obligated to live according to the flesh, but free to live according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:2-4). Most of us may find that impossible to believe, because our sinful-ness simply overwhelms us… but the reality is God loves us with an everlasting love! The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit completely changes the life of every believer. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. As we walk in the Spirit (depending upon Him and being filled with Him), our craving for sin will lessen — obviously, spending time with God and walking with Him will lessen our desire to spend time in the world and walk in its ways. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. Paul assured the Corinthian believers that “He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge” (2 Cor 1:21-22; also cf. And then there is the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple:  “Hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest, for Thou alone dost know the hearts of all the sons of men” (1 Kg 8:39; 1 Chron 28:9; Ps 139:1-2; Prv 15:11). How often do you think about the glories that are yet to come? Believers You’re as stupid as a rock… and everybody knows it! Lord willing, you are tracking with me on this point! Romans 15:19 Context. Paul states emphatically that one day God will raise us from the dead and give us resurrection bodies through His Spirit — we will be “glorified with Christ” (Rom 8:17). Putting to death the deeds of the body is a characteristic of God’s children. We tell ourselves the things   we have heard over and over and over again in he past —, Fellow believer, stop listening to those words! In contexts like this, the Greek word for. All your content will be saved and you can seamlessly switch devices. The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life, by which Christ lives His life in and through us, in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is where he comes in to explain himself. Jesus opened a new and living way through His flesh, through the Eternal Spirit, and offered Himself without spot to God, so that we too could serve the living God in those works that God intended for us. One of the central themes of Christianity is that of spending eternity in heaven with God. You’ll find your responsibility in the latter half of Romans 8:4, where Paul says the Spirit’s authority is made available to those “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”  There’s that familiar word walk,a favorite euphemism of Paul’s for our daily conduct, the way we live our lives. We will simply point out the crucial matters. So what has God said about us in Romans 8 up to this point? But it is also the fact that “the flesh” (our fallen sinful nature) dwells in our mortal bodies (Rom 7:17, 20), and it is this indwelling sinfulness which causes us to cry out, “Wretched man that I am! As John MacArthur says in his Commentary on Romans, “Everything that is a spiritual reality  [for the believer] is also a spiritual responsibility” (MacArthur, p. 412) — for example, just as we in fact “are holy” or “saints” (1 Cor 1:2;Eph 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col 3:12; Heb 3:1), we are called to “be holy” (1 Pet 1:15-16). Only in heaven will the need  for practical sanctification end — until then, all believers are admonished to put sin to death and to live for their sovereign Lord (cf. Romans 8:2, ESV: "For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." We can live realizing that God fulfilled the requirement of the Law in us thru Christ (vv. For this I labor, striving by God’s power which mightily works within me (Col 1:29). Likewise, though the Holy Spirit will produce spiritual fruit in our lives, we are also admonished to bear fruit. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. (5:12—8:39) E. The New Power in Life (8:1-17) In chapter 6 Paul emphasized that because we have a union with Jesus Christ we should therefore walk in the newness of life; in chapter 7 he stressed that by death and resurrection we have a relationship with the risen Christ, and therefore we should bring forth fruit to God. Another psalmist testified, “O that my ways may be established to keep Thy statutes! By the way, being as we all have areas of significant weakness (2 Cor 12:7-10), it is important to recognize that those areas of temptation will require more attentiveness than others. In closing, reflect upon the words of a hymn that Kenneth Berding penned —, Spirit I Come, not knowing what to saySpirit I come, and needing help to praySpirit I come, but my weaknesses are getting in the waySpirit I come.Help me as I praySearch my heart, Lord, know my mindIn my weakness join to help meWordless groaningsSpirit intercede for meHelp me as I pray (Berding, p. 110), ___________________________________________________________________________________________________, Many believers have chosen to preface their prayers with this prayer to the Spiritbecause it gives them a wonderful perspective from which to petition the throne of graceRemember, we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,but one who was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sinTherefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need. Paul Gives Practical Applications. The Holy Spirit Himself is the firstfruits. )… to not affirm this, is to remain disconsolate, bewildered and frustrated spiritually (a very common condition for many believers). For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. John MacArthur reminds us that “God’s people invariably fall into sin when their ‘focus’ turns away from the Almighty to themselves and to the things of this world” (MacArthur, p. 424), and for that reason Paul admonished the believers at Colossae: “If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at  the right hand of God. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. through God’s sacrifice of His Son on the cross as an offering for sin… in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:2-4). Eph 1:13; 4:30). 1 … For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus These words are of difficult interpretation. We must genuinely desire to be filled (that is, directed and empowered) bythe Spirit. By the way, sincere prayer has a way of unmasking sin’s deceit — when God’s children open their minds and hearts to their heavenly Father, He lovingly reveals sins that otherwise would go unnoticed. The person who is genuinely saved has a new and divine nature that  is, by definition, attuned to God’s will; nevertheless, he is admonished to live by his new nature in the power of the Spirit. 3-4). As Kenneth Berding says in his book “Walking in the Spirit” — “Your thoughts need to be trained so that they stay focused on the things the Spirit produces, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). It is only when we go against God’s will and against our own new nature that the divine commands and standards seem onerous and burdensome to     us. What a remarkable thought this is — each of us who truly knows Christ is being reminded by the Holy Spirit over and over that we are adopted members of God’s family. $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. Fact 4 is that the presence of God’s Spirit assures Christians of resurrection life, life beyond the day our current mortal bodies expire. We can live with the knowledge that we are free from condemnation (v. 1). Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. Obviously, it takes time to get accustomed to a moment-by-moment, day-by-day walk in the Spirit if it is not the regular pattern of your life. Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. We bear witness to Jesus Christ in this way. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee of eternal life for those who believe in Him. Imagine this scenario — the first thing God does every morning after getting out of bed is turn on His computer to see how things are going in the world, and as it boots up, there on “His screen saver” is a picture of the love of His life — you! Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Sixth Bible Class (Romans 8:1-39) III. In this world, nothing seems to us so final as death is. The Old Testament tells us that “Enoch walked with God” (Gen 5:24)… “Noah walked with God” (Gen 6:9)… God told Abraham, “Walk blameless before Me” (Gen 17:1)… The Lord told Israel that He would establish them as a holy people to Himself “if they would walk in His ways (Deut 28:9)… the psalmist David said, “Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in Thy truth” (Ps 86:11)… likewise the psalmist writes, “How bless are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord” (Ps 119:1)… God told Solomon, “Walk in My ways… as your father David walked” (1 Kg 3:14)… The Lord told His people, “Where the good way is, walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls” (Jer 6:16)… the Lord prophesied to His people,  “I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes” (Ezek 36:27). We feel secure when the Holy Spirit guides our minds…. Romans 8:2. In the gospel of Mark we find Jesus crying out to God, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Obviously, Paul had not achieved perfect righteousness in Christ, but that was the supreme objective of his life. So what’s the first step then in learning to walk in the Spirit? As William MacDonald states it in the Believer’s Bible Commentary, “Our hope for deliverance from the presence of sin and all its baneful results is based on the promise of God, and is therefore as certain as if we had already received it; so we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (MacDonald, p. 1712). The same Spirit that gave Jesus the power to rise from the dead now gives you the strength to live a new life filled with the fruits of godliness: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control (Romans 8:11; Galatians 5:22-23). His message was this:  No action is too drastic in dealing with sin; no price is too great to pay in turning from sin to trusting Christ and thereby escaping the damnation of eternal death in hell. What the Spirit does is their absorbing interest…. Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness (2 Tim 2:22). Paul’s main point in Romans 8:13 is that, by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, we are able to successfully resist and destroy sin in our lives. The Holy Spirit's power was made manifest to a great number of people that day, resulting in the conversion of about 3,000 (Acts 2:41). The flesh  is frequently referred to as our sin disposition or our sin nature. He does it primarily through the Word — as a Christian reads the bible, the Spirit confirms the truth that, because he has trusted the Savior, he is now a child of God. This is how we will study Romans now. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:12-14). As John Stott says in his book Men Made New, “What we are governs how we think; how we think governs how we behave; and how we behave governs [the outcome of our lives] — death or life (Stott, p. 88). God intends this life for every Christian. Try it free for 30 days. We can live as people set free from the “law (power) of sin and death” (v. 2). This little scenario reminds me again of the wonderful words Charles Wesley penned:  “Amazing Love! By the way, the issue of being obligated to live according to the flesh is one of the main differences between a person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and one who is not (Rom 8:9-13); between a believer and an unbeliever. Kenneth Berding says, “Attentiveness to the written Word sensitizes us to the ways of the Spirit, to His priorities, and to His patterns… then when the time comes, despite all the noise in our lives, we become accustomed to distinguishing the Spirit from other voices whenever the Spirit chooses to lead    us in this manner” (Berding, p. 60). Father!’” — the Holy Spirit is testifying to our spirit even as He testifies with our spirit to God; this testifying is simply a declaration and acknowledgement of the truth that we are children of God. So the Holy Spirit enables us to see that God is “our Father” and that we are “His children” (Rom 8:15-16). The unsaved person is simply a spiritual corpse (there is no life in him – Eph 2:1-7); he neither wants to nor can he live a godly and righteous life because his nature and resources are not godly and righteous — he is not motivated nor empowered by God. As John Stott says, “It is a fact that not one of us is wholly saved yet; our souls are redeemed, but not our bodies; and it is our unredeemed bodies which cause us to groan” (Stott, p. 96). You’re the reason your family is so messed up! If our minds are set on the things of the Spirit, we will indeed discover a life characterized by peace; if our minds are set on the flesh, we will experience hostility toward God (Rom 8:6-8). Eternal life is not mentioned here as such, but it is implied. No. Just as our finite minds cannot fully comprehend how the Spirit leads us, so also we cannot fully understand any of the supernatural works of God. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. What are the benefits of creating an account? The mind-set of the flesh is death because it is enmity against God — the unconverted sinner is actually a rebel against God and in active hostility to Him — he “runs his own ship,” “calls his own shots,” and “does his own thing;” essentially he is “the captain of his own soul.”  Fleshly minds are not subject to the law of God — they want their own will, not God’s will. As believers, we therefore find ourselves waiting eagerly in anticipation of the fullness of our salvation — it is only our “bodies” that are yet to be redeemed; the “inner person” is already a completely new creation, a partaker of God’s nature and indwelt by God’s Spirit (2 Cor 5:17); though our souls are fit for heaven, our bodies are not (hence their need for redemption). So, ask God every day to fill you with his Holy Spirit, to renew your mind and change you to be more like Jesus. 5-7). 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. Paul goes on to say in his letter to the Romans that we who have the firstfruits of the Spirit “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body… with perseverance we wait eagerly for it” (Rom 8:23, 25). If the Father knows the hearts of men, how much more does He know the mind of the Spirit? If you’re struggling with believing it, you need to know that statement is true. That natural process of new life has continued since God first created those things - but death ends that process. We can live free from the obligation to do the things of the flesh (v. 12). Paul’s main point in Romans 8:13 is that, by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, we are able to successfully resist and destroy sin in our lives. The Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of life” (verse 2). It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! Know the Fatherhood of God by the Spirit (8:15-17). As I reflect upon these verses, I am reminded of the word of the Lord to the prophet Amos: “Do two men walk together unless they are one?” (Amos 3:3). Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Throughout the course of a day we all repeatedly hit barriers in our thinking, where we are simply not able to comprehend the fullness of what we are experiencing, and try though as we may to fully reconcile everything that is going on in our lives, we can only conclude that “it is simply not in us to do so.”  As such, the Holy Spirit comes alongside to assist us in our weakness, “interceding for us with groanings that transcend verbal expression” (Rom 8:26). I would enjoy your comments and insights you receive from this study. Four conditions must be met in our lives: 1. But you have been called as Paul says,   ‘to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ’ (2 Cor 10:5).”  In daily life this means  that you talk to God throughout the day… you let your thoughts dwell on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praise-worthy (Phil 4:8). The Christian who neglects the spiritual disciplines, however, will invariably have doubts about his salvation, because He is indifferent to God and the things of God. As a believer faithfully and submissively saturates his mind and heart with God’s truth, his Spirit-controlled behavior will follow as sure as night follows day. So the Father in heaven answers the prayers which are prompted by the Spirit in our hearts. We need to turn off these destructive messages and start listening to what God says about us. It is by faith that we experience the empowerment and directing of the Holy Spirit. According to Romans 8, here is what is possible in the Christian life —. Meditate often on these truths  so that you begin believing them — may you deeply come to know that God is truly your Father, and may you daily learn to walk in the light of that reality! Learn more. Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). It involves the mind. In Romans 8:1-4, he explains that the law of the Spirit of life has already set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). Remove this cup from Me. Writes Solomon, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…. It is important for the believer to “consciously be mindful of the fact” that when  he struggles to verbalize his feelings, the Holy Spirit intercedes on his behalf with those same seemingly convoluted groanings — so when he reaches this point, the believer needs to “affirm” the fact that his groanings are not nonsense to God, but are intelligible to Him and that He fully empathizes with them —realizing this is tremendously therapeutic and comforting to the mind and heart of the believer (Abba Father understands your groanings! Furthermore, we prepare for temptation ahead of time through prayer, study of the Word, and growth in faith (Eph 6:10-20)… and we carefully avoid places and situations in which we are highly susceptible to temptation… and when we are tempted we call out to the Lord and stand firm (Eph 6:13-14) or flee (2 Tim 2:22)… and if we succumb to a temptation (which we will do over and over again), we don’t wallow in our sin, but immediately confess to the Lord that we have sinned, and promptly make restitution if need be, and actively begin to prepare for the next time we are tempted (thru the practice of spiritual disciplines). So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. God saves us through our faith in Him, and He leads those He saves through the same human channel of faith (2 Cor 5:7; Heb 11:1, 6). You’re never going to amount to a hill of beans. The “flesh” is the tendency that everyone feels to be pulled toward sin and self — it is the inclination to sin that every human being experiences… it is the downward pull that every descendent of Adam faces (Rom 5:12-21), and can only be overcome by the Holy Spirit. Walk According to the Spirit (Rom 8:2-4). Many commentators suggest that the best analogy for the “leading” in this verse (Rom 8:14) is that of a shepherd and his sheep. The apostle Paul writes, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:14). Acknowledging his own sinfulness, King David cried out to the Lord, “My iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they weigh too much for me…. As long as we are in the “tent” of our human body, we will never fully escape sin’s corruption in our lives. That was the message of the apostle John:  “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal (emphatic!) See How They All Connect. As we read, meditate on, and pray over Scripture, the indwelling Spirit of God becomes our divine interpreter (Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13; 1 Cor 2:14; 1 Jn 2:27). New Living Translation And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of the Spirit of Life is that the Holy Spirit is able to free us from the power of sin.) (If you look at Romans 8:1-4 you see that Paul begins this explanation with Jesus. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Prv 3:5-6). Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. Though we need to be ready to make decisions based solely upon biblically-grounded missional wisdom, we also need to intentionally develop a sensitivity to a more direct leading of the Spirit. ( 8:5-8 ) of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and study,... 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