04 Oct Romans 8: 9-17

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Too many Christians are miserable because they feel they have not done as much as they ought to have done. The truth is…you can never do enough. We ought to attend church more. We ought to want to come more. We ought to pray more. We ought to fast more, visit more, give more, care more. Jesus didn’t live this way. He wanted to do the will of the Father. He lived out of the inner motivation of the heart in a vital relationship with the living God. Jesus was energized by doing the will of God. He enjoyed the life of God being lived out in the flesh, which is the same life He offers us when we receive the grace of God in Jesus Christ. The thing is, we so often measure ourselves by what we see in others’ lives. You do not need to prove you are somebody by what you do. God alone gives you your identity. Don’t examine yourself or measure yourself by what you think someone else has or how they are living out their Christian life. Your worthiness was paid for with God’s only begotten Son. Your lifestyle is based on the fact that you are a chosen child of the living God. As God’s child, you are forgiven totally, accepted fully. Now you are a living container of His marvelous grace.