Romans 8:9-11 ERV; But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God. God raised Jesus from death. And if God’s Spirit lives in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. Yes, God is the one who raised Christ from death, and he will raise you to life through his Spirit living in you.
There’s all sorts of nummy goodness in these passages, but this morning, I’d like to focus on the the last few sentences which talks about God’s Spirit living in you and me. It says here, “And if God’s Spirit lives in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die.” My first question to you is this; does God’s Spirit live in you? If your answer is yes, than just how much room does he occupy?
Say what? How much room do you give the Holy Spirit in your life? Is it partial surrender or complete surrender? Are there area’s of your life that you still maintain a grip on, unwilling to let go of? Are you willing to take time to identify those area’s and allow Him to control them? You see, the bible clearly states that to be carnally minded or worldly minded is death, but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace. Have you allowed the Holy Spirit full access to your thoughts? Have you taken captive vain imaginations and every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of Jesus Christ?
These are some clearly thought provoking thoughts, but if we’re to experience life in Christ, if we wish to see all the perks and benefits of that life, than we must surrender every area of our lives to him. Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Our life must overflow with love for others. We can’t afford to withhold and give Him just a few places in our life but all. After all, would you not want complete healing, not a partial healing? Would you not want complete forgiveness, not partial forgiveness?
Father, as the old hymn says, “I Surrender All. I Surrender All. All to thee my blessed Saviour, I Surrender All.” Every time self rises up to be queen of my life, may I cast my crown at your feet and remind myself who is my King. I humbly ask your forgiveness for areas of my life that I’ve kept leadership of because a house divided against itself cannot stand. I submit to you, Father. To your love and your ways. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.