Monday Morning: 25 Mar 2019 – Romans 7:1-12 ~ Serve God… by living in the Spirit.

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 7:1-12 (NLT)

No Longer Bound to the Law

Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

God’s Law Reveals Our Sin

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.” But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.
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Morning Reflection:

“You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ.
And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead.
As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.”
– Romans 7:4

Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “You are either a Christian or not a Christian; you cannot be partly Christian. You are either ‘dead’ or ‘alive’; you are either ‘born’ or ‘not born’. Becoming a Christian is not a gradual process; there is nothing indeterminate about it; we either are, or we are not Christian.”

If you are not a Christian, you are under the condemnation of the law. But if you put your trust in Christ, who bore the curse of the law, you are released from the law and joined to the loving, powerful, Holy Spirit so that you can bear good fruit for God.

Questions for consideration:

  • Are you a Christian? Have you made peace with God? If you aren’t sure, go to this website for clarification – click here.
  • Paul uses the example of marriage to describe our relationship with Christ. Do you view yourself as being “married to Christ?” Please explain.
  • What has changed in your life since you became a Christian? What good fruit is God producing in your life now? Please explain.
  • What does “living in the Spirit” mean to you? How is the Holy Spirit changing your life? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Wondrous God: Thank you for adopting me into your family, by grace through faith, in union with your Son, Jesus Christ. Bind me to him in death and life, that I may die to my old ways and live in a new way that bears good fruit for your Kingdom – now and forever. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“Spirit Of The Living God” – Meredith Andrews

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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