This morning Jimmy Seibert continued our series, Living Fully Alive, with a message centered around Romans 8:5-11. He called us to live a life submitted to the Holy Spirit rather than live according to our flesh. He reminded us that our relationship with God is just that – a relationship. When we walk in the flesh, we grieve the Holy Spirit. Seeing our sin as personal and connected to a relationship help us be see the effects of our sin. It’s more than try to make our good outweigh our bad; it is wanting to live in a life-giving relationship with God! Walking in the Spirit is not a law; it’s an invitation to life and peace. We have the power to choose to walk in the Spirit which helps us step into the promises of God. But we also have the choice to walk in the flesh which results in grieving God. When we are hostile toward Him, we push away the One who gives us peace, encouragement, comfort and direction. We have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. So let’s choose again today to live a life connected with Him!
A FEW PRACTICAL WAYS FOR YOU TO APPLY THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK:
- Pause and remember Jesus // Today we each took a red dot sticker and placed it somewhere we would see throughout the day. Whether you put it on your phone, your watch or somewhere else, we encourage you to pause and acknowledge God’s nearness every time you look at it. If you didn’t get a red dot this week, set alarms on your phone throughout the day, and create space to intentionally pause.
- Spend time with God each day // This morning, Jimmy talked about laying a solid foundation in the morning in order to walk in the Spirit. If it isn’t a part of your daily routine already, we encourage you to set aside time to worship, pray and read Scripture every morning.
- Romans 8 Challenge // As a part of that time in the morning, read through Romans 8 every day. Throughout the course of our series, we are reading Romans 8 and asking these three questions:
- What does this passage say about God?
- What does it say about me?
- How can I respond or obey?