Good Morning! Hope you all are having a great start to your Wednesday so far. James and I were up late last night watching Indiana play Wisconsin in college basketball—unfortunately Indiana lost—better luck next time! Needless to say, I’m a little sleepy this morning, but after this cup of coffee I’m sure I’ll be ready to go. Anyways, I was reading in Romans this morning [which I love] and came across one of my favorite verses…
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.”
Before we are born again in Christ, we are slaves to sin. Sounds harsh—maybe a little overdramatic—but it’s true. Before we come to Christ, we are in bondage to our sins. Sin controls our lives, dictating our choices and determining our future. And the ironic part is that often we have no idea it’s happening. Sin may be controlling our lives, yet we can’t perceive that anything is wrong. In fact, we may even feel that we are the ones in control of our lives—not sin, not God. But, I can assure you, that feeling is just what it says—a feeling—not truth, not fact.
But, once we come to Christ, a shift happens within us—like a heavy weight being lifted from our shoulders. Instead of being trapped in bondage to our sins, we receive a new Spirit—the Holy Spirit, and he is anything but a slave-master. When we are living in the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to be afraid of anything. Nothing can keep us in the bondage of our sin once we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. And nothing can keep us from receiving ‘sonship’ and becoming children of God.
Now doesn’t being a child of God sound infinitely better than being a slave to sin? I think the answer is quite obvious. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life, stuck in the bondage of sin, it’s time to accept the gift of sonship God gave you when he sent Jesus, his actual son, to die on the cross for our sins. You don’t have to live in bondage or fear any longer!
Well, I’m off to get a few things done before work tonight. Hope you all have a great day, and stay tuned for some new changes coming to the blog soon! God Bless:)