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Set your mind on God's Spirit

Monday Romans 8:1-6 (NRSV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

What are some ways people can “set their minds on the things of the flesh” (which is death)?

What are some ways people can “set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (which is life and peace)?

How often do you set your mind on the things of the flesh?

How often do you set your mind on the things of the Spirit?

Are you content with that or do you want to change?

Tuesday Romans 8:7-11 (NRSV)
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

In this passage, Paul reminds us that the Spirit given to believers in Jesus is powerful. Paul says that God, who raised Jesus from the dead, will raise you from death to sin and give life to your physical body through the Spirit within you.

What do you think of this promise?

God’s kingdom is often described as being already here, but not yet arrived in fullness.

How much does it seem to you that you are currently “in the flesh” (sinful and dying) and how much does it seem to you that you are currently “in the Spirit” (raised to new life)?

Wednesday Romans 8:12-13 (NRSV)
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Paul tells the Christians in Rome that they can “live according to the flesh” – resulting in death – or by the power of the Spirit they can “put to death the deeds of the body” – resulting in life.

What do you think it means to “to live according to the flesh”?

How often do you do that?

What do you think it means “to put to death the deeds of the body”?

How often do you do that?

Thursday Romans 8:14-17 (NRSV)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

What do you think it means to be an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ?

What do you think it means to suffer with Christ “so that we may also be glorified with him”?

Friday Romans 8:18-25 (NRSV)
La Jolla Lutheran Church sign - To set your mind on God's Spirit is life and peaceI consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

What do you think the “glory about to be revealed to us” will be like?

Paul says we hope for what we can’t see – that some day “creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

What do you think it will be like when creation obtains the freedom of the glory of the children of God?

Saturday
What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

For Monday: The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For Tuesday through Friday: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.


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