Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:12-14 (NIV)
Where do you think I will lead you? What do you think I will do with your life? How will your life change as you love, follow and serve me? How am I supposed to know the answers to those questions? You are asking me about the future. How am I to know what to expect? How can I have any idea what you have in store for me in my future? You know much more than you think you know. I do? Yes, you do. Let me ask you a few more questions. Go ahead, you have my full attention. You do know that I will be leading you, don’t you? You did say that you wanted to follow me, didn’t you? Yes, I want to follow you. Yes, I know that you will be leading me through life. What will you leave behind as you start to follow me? I will be leaving my old life behind. I will be leaving all my old sinful thoughts, patterns and practices. Is it true then to say that I will be leading you away from your old life? Yes, I’m sure that is true. That’s part of your future. There is no mystery or hiddenness about this part of your future, is there? No, there is nothing mysterious about this direction that you will be leading me. So, you do know something very important about your future with me? Yes, I do. That’s good. I agree. If I will be leading you away from your old life, where will I be leading you? I don’t think I know. You can’t leave one thing without going to another, can you? No, I cannot. I get it. You will be leading away from my old life to the new life that you have given me to live. Yes, I will. Do you know why it is so important that I lead you away from your old life into your new life? I’m not sure. Do you think that you would be able to stop living your old life if I didn’t help you to live the new life that I was giving to you? No, I don’t think so. Why is that? Well, I can’t simply leave my old thoughts, patterns and practices behind without them being replaced by something else. If I had no real new life to live, I would wander back to living my old life. You don’t want that. No, I don’t. I want to live the new life you have for me to live. Why is that? I love you. I want to follow and serve you. You loved me and gave yourself fully and completely to me. You are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and Father. You made me to be your child. You adopted me into your family. Yes, I did. Now, I want to live my life fully and completely for you. I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. I want you to replace my old sinful life with the brand-new life that you have for me to live. Is that your prayer? Yes, it is. I will hear and answer your prayer. Now you know where your life is headed, don’t you? Yes, I do. That is very good.
Lord, thank you that I have no obligation to live according to my old sinful nature. You have broken me free from my old sinful life. By your Spirit, you have led me away from all my old thoughts, patterns and practices. You have given me a brand-new life to live. Amen
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