Today is Tuesday the 6th of February: Often when we are starting from behind we lose the motivation to begin. Our habits can seem to be too far ingrained to bother changing. Our sin too numerous to be redeemed. Yesterday in Romans 8 we discovered how your flesh condemns you and that the actions of Jesus and the Spirit living within you can give you life. We continue with Paul compelling you to grow to be a child of God so that you can share in his glory. - Daniel
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Do you get overwhelmed into inaction? How can you change this pressure to be a driving force
- How do you feel knowing that the heavy lifting has already been done by God? Do you live your life knowing this?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [ Romans 8:12-17 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
_What does it mean to “live according to the flesh”? What is the result of this?
_What enables us to “put to death the deeds of the body”? What is the result of this?
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
_What is the relationship we have with God? What does this relationship mean to you?
_What kind of suffering is Paul describing? Why do you need to suffer to be glorified?
_Who is the active participant in this passage? What does that mean for you?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
_As beings made of flesh we are sinful. What areas of your life do you still live by the flesh?
_We are told that in order to share in glory we must suffer. Why and when do you shy away from suffering?
_What is stopping you from allowing the Spirit of God to lead you?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?