Romans 8:1-11 are some of my most favorite verses of the Bible. I daily need the reminder that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” as well as the reminder that “the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.”
I need these reminders because on more days than I’d like to admit, I feel weak, broken, and powerless. Many days I don’t feel up to the task that is before me as I’m constantly remembering all my previous failures and wondering if this time will be any different. Many days I need to be reminded that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, can raise me from my bed. Some days it seems to take a miracle to even get my feet to touch the floor before the stress of the day begins to run laps in my mind. Past failures and missed opportunities begin fighting for space in my thoughts and heart. Fighting those negative thoughts with Romans 8:1 puts my heart at ease as I thank God for His Word as I head out the door with my girls in tow.
These verses remind me that I desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in my life if I desire to live my life for His name and not mine. I need Jesus’ presence in my life because so many times I find myself tempted by the lust of the world without even knowing it. I’m easily tempted to want what I don’t need, tempted to covet what I don’t have, tempted to be someone other than the woman God made me to be. My heart wanders, and I daily need it redirected back to truth, back to Jesus, back home.
On both my best and worst days I find myself running to these Scriptures because in them I see how much God loves me. Instead of receiving the judgment I deserve, God gives me grace. I don’t have to be afraid when I approach my heavenly Father because I know He sees me with eyes of love, not condemnation. Because of the amazing work that Jesus did on the cross for my sins, I will never have to face condemnation for my sins. Consequences, yes, but no condemnation. Jesus paid the ultimate price for my past, present, and future sins. Because of that truth, I can run to God for help and forgiveness instead of away from Him in guilt and shame.
Romans 8:10-11 reminds me that I don’t have to muster up power in my strength. I have the power of Christ living inside of me. In me and you, His power dwells. What an amazing thought!
The same power that raised Christ from the dead empowers me to do His will. Being reminded of that truth strengths me. I am not alone on my worst or best days; Jesus is always with me. Whatever comes my way, I know Jesus goes before me.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3
Love God Greatly,
Week 4 Challenge: Romans 8:38-9 promises that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. What can you do this week to remind yourself of this truth? How can you encourage others with this truth this week?
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