kill or be killed

(The picture doesn’t really have any relevance to the post, I just thought it was clever.)

Last night in youth service I spoke from Romans 8:9-15. Verse 13 says, “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live….”

I’ve recently started listening to Francis Chan and he referenced this passage in one of his sermons. He talks about how this is violent language. That Paul is talking about brutal, life or death stakes. Something must die: either you or your sin. There’s no middle ground.

So this leaves us with two kinds of people: those who are killing their sin and those who are being killed by their sin.

Those who kill their sin do so because the Spirit of God (vs 10) is living inside of them. Just think about that. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells inside those who follow Him (vs. 11). That’s power! With the Spirit of the living God in me, there’s no room for fear or anemic Christian life. I can walk victorious and confident knowing my standing and relationship with God is secure (vs. 15).

Unfortunately, many believers settle for a faith that involves struggle and ultimately a slow “killing” from their sin. We falsely believe that the struggle can’t be overcome and God’s Spirit (though able to raise Christ from the dead) isn’t powerful enough to help us through our problems. But then, if that’s the case, is the Spirit really in us (vs. 9)?

Kill or be killed. Which are you?

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Author: erik

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