March 4

Psalm 93; Psalm 96; Psalm 34; Genesis 44:1-17;
Romans 8:1-10
; John 5:25-29

But if Christ is in you, though the Body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  Romans 8:10

The passage Romans 8:1-10 speaks to the life in the Spirit and is both comforting and challenging. It begins with Paul’s assertion that: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (8:1); thus tending to assuage the seemingly universal fear of condemnation – a fear we have all experienced at some point(s) in our journey. The challenge here is to believe the veracity of this statement!

Paul then addresses the new life in Christ Jesus and how Jesus’s death fulfills the law for those “who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (8:4) A discussion of the difference between flesh and Spirit follows. “To set the mind on flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (8:6)

Questions to ponder: How do we direct our lives? What is essential for us? Who is in charge?