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Be encouraged and blessed by Romans chapter 8.

The main point of Romans chapter 8 is to teach the children of God the important obligation of living a life being led by the Holy Spirit of God (Ro. 8:12-14). In order to do that, the children of God need to seek what the Spirit desires (8:5). Paul compares a sinful person who is controlled by a sinful nature to a child of God who is controlled by the Spirit of God.

SEEKING SINFUL DESIRES – A sinful person has his mind set on sinful desires (8:5). A mind set on sinful desires is hostile to God, does not submit to God’s law, cannot please God, and it leads to death (8:7-8).

SEEKING WHAT THE SPIRIT DESIRES – Sons and daughters of God who live according to the Spirit has his or her mind set on what the Spirit desires. A mind set on what the Spirit desires brings life and peace (8:6). 1.) The Spirit will help the children of God pray and intercede for the saints (8:26-27). 2.) The person who has the Spirit of Christ must put to death the misdeeds of the body and not be a slave to fear (8:13-15). 3.) As an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ, we can share in his glory if we share in his sufferings while we eagerly hope for the redemption of our bodies (8:17-23). 4.) For the person who loves God, nothing will separate him from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (8:28, 35-39).

In this life, we can actually be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ (8:29). For the children of God who are being conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ, they will be graciously blessed because God is for them not against them (8:31-32).

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