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Spirit and Life

Posted by appolus on April 21, 2015

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:1-2)

In Romans chapter 8 we see in the opening verses two distinct ways that we can live our lives and the principle is established. In verse two we see that there is a ” Spirit of Life,” in Christ and there is ” sin and death,” in the law.

How then shall we live? Is it a choice? Yes, indeed a choice. There is life in the Spirit of God when we walk according to His ways. Life, it edifies, it brings grace and mercy, it is the life of Christ, it is the Spirit of Life. The Holy Spirit has many names in the Scripture. We see here He is called the Spirit of Life. In other places He is called the Spirit of Glory. You see when we exalt the Lord Jesus then we release life and glory to those we communicate it to. When we speak together as brothers and sisters and we exalt Jesus to one another then the blessings of life are released and it affects every part of us. Lets suppose you are ill and it has become the focus of your conversation. You will know that there is typically no life in that. In fact, it often simply makes us worse when we constantly talk about the things that ail us. Yet, if we meet someone along the way and choose not to talk about ourselves or our ailments but rather talk about our Lord and His victories, can I tell you brothers and sisters heaven opens up, and down comes the presence of God. For where two or three of His own dear saints are gathered together and they are exalting God, giving praise to Jesus, focusing on Him then there is a unique corporate blessing that is promised and bestowed.

So the question is brothers and sisters, are you being used to impart life? Does your conversation edify and lift up the hearers? You know we are called to this, to walk according to the Spirit. We are called to be light and salt to the world. In Romans 8 the Holy Spirit is also called the ” Spirit of Adoption.” We have been called out to be children of the living God and by His Spirit we receive His nature. When we walk according to His nature, His Spirit, then we are a light unto the world. We bring life and we bring down the glory of God. What a beautiful calling. Make a determination in your spirit to yield to His Spirit in you. Take control of the conversations you are involved in. Yes it is good to listen, but predetermine in your heart that you will be about your Father’s business. Do it every day, I challenge you. See if life does not spring up before your very eyes as you glorify God in your daily walk. If you allow it, it will change everything.

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I am but a Flower

Posted by appolus on April 21, 2015

gardenI am but a flower
Covered by the weeds
I just want you to see me
Underneath the deeds

Oh wind of thy Spirit
Wont you blow on me
Blow with all your might
Come down and set me free

Send down fire in the rain
Set me ablaze and wash away the pain
Gaze upon me and infuse me with love
Let me gaze upon thy glory shining high above

I see your radiant glory
Burning chaff in an unfolding story
Of glory and majesty and unstoppable power
You would do it all again for a single flower

And now I see your glorious garden
As far as the eye can see
Cultivated by your sacrifice
On a cross at Calvary

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