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A Portrait of the Spirit-filled Life

Romans 8:5-9

Romans 8:5-9
5 For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God‟s law, for it is unable to do so. 8 Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God.

9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

1. It’s Not “Pie in the Sky Bye and Bye”
• 5:5 “This hope does not disappoint, because God‟s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” • 8:23 “And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”

2. A Healthy Thought-Life
• 8:5-6 “For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.”

3. A Brutal Power for Dealing with Sin
• 8:13 “…But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

4. Obeying Jesus One Step at a Time
• 8:14 “All those led by God‟s Spirit are God‟s sons.”

4. Obeying Jesus One Step at a Time
• 8:14 “All those led by God‟s Spirit are God‟s sons.”

“To lead by laying hold of, and to bring to the point of destination: like leading an animal”

5. Assurance
• 8:15-16 “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, „Abba, Father!‟ The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God‟s children”

6. Help in Prayer
• 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.”

7. Transformation Not Transaction
• 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

8. Future Orientation
• 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”