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God’s Unfathomable Love: Romans 8:35-39

God’s Unfathomable Love: Romans 8:35-39
“35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36) Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37) But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38) For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:35-39‬ ‭
It is a common tendency to look at our external circumstances and use them as a basis of evaluating God’s love for us. If things are going well and blessings abound, we think, “God must certainly love me.” But when trails come our way or we face hardship or adversity, we begin to blame God and question His love for us.
But we forget that we live in a fallen world marred by sin. The God of this world is also a sadistic thief and according to John 10:10, he comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He is our enemy and can bring persecution, affliction and hardship our way.
With this in mind, go back and revisit Paul’s list of trials and hardship in Romans 8:35-36. As you read, think of the hardship of the persecuted Christians of Paul’s day endured with affliction and martyrdom. They had all of this negative stuff in Paul’s list leveled against them on a daily basis. But did that mean God did not love them? Let that sink in!
Satan loves to get us in a mind game of looking at our externals and constantly questioning God’s love for us. It’s not fair. Satan screwed up this world. Our sin from giving into his temptations left deep wounds and scars in our life. Accidents and diseases happen in this fallen world. Our mortal bodies wear out. Relationship are strained by selfish and egocentric motives. People exploit other people in tragic ways. And then when hardship comes our way, Satan laughs and points the blame at God.
If you buy into this mental game of looking at externals, you will never resolve Gods unquestionable love for you. Look at verses 38-39; Paul laid out all of the negatives Satan and this world could hurl against him and concluded that nothing “can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus or Lord.”
But hold on; there is more to the story. The early Christians knew how to thrive inwardly despite externals. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 captures this spiritual secret; 16) Therefore we do not lose heart, but though the outward man is decaying, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” Inner worship and communion with Christ is not based on externals. We can be “in the Spirit” during our darkest hours. In fact, negative externals can literally catapult us deeper into precious communion with Christ when we embrace this spiritual secret.
Let me give a personal testimonial. I have just passed through the most difficult year of my life. Approximately one year ago, I started dealing with unimaginable knee pain. Shortly, I lost my mobility and ability to walk. I have lived with constant pain 24/7. I have also endured double knee replacements and repair in one knee from a very bizarre injury that sliced a tendon and my quadricep muscle length way so that part of each was tracking under my knee cap and the rest on top. Every step felt like a knife. I share this not to get sympathy, but to drive home another point.
I have just gone through the absolute best year of life in my walk with God. I have learned so much about worship, walking in the spirit, new depths of prayer, inner communion with Jesus and joy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been pretty vocal about expressing pain and discomfort to those close to me. God does not expect us to deny reality. But inwardly I’ve had inexpressible glory times with God. I have learned that my spirit can thrive even when my flesh is suffering.
Some of my friends have asked, “Terry, don’t you have the faith to be healed?” I chuckle inwardly and reply, “God has healed me in ways you could never know.” In fact, had God healed me at the onset of this trial, I would have missed my wilderness journey with God.
I share this story because it captures what Paul was saying to the suffering Christians of his day. Your spirit can thrive in the face of trials that are painful to your flesh. I know that my journey has been small compared to what the early Christians endured. I can say the same for many of my brothers and sisters in the persecuted church today.
Paul’s message in this text is clear; “Absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” The greater the external trials, the deeper can be the glory of your inner communion with God.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Love Mind Game: Romans 8:31-34

The Love Mind Game: Romans 8:31-34
“31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32) He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33) Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34) who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Romans‬ ‭8:31-34‬ ‭
One of the mind games Satan plays on people is trying to convince them that God does not love them or that He is against them. This is true of both Christians and nonChristians.
From the time the serpent appeared in the garden to tempt Eve, he aimed his assault at the character and nature of God. In Genesis 3:2 he questioned the word of God and in Genesis 3:5 he questioned the motive of God. His goal was to plant seeds of doubt about God. He has done the same throughout human history. He works overtime to distort people’s view of God.
In Romans 8:31-34, Paul was making the case that God is for us and not against us. In demonstration of His love, He went so far as to give His Only Son to redeem us from our sin. He does not stand against us to condemn us; to the contrary He provided the way to forgive and save us.
I guarantee that you will wrestle with Gods love and acceptance of you. Rather than accepting His unconditional love by faith, you will enter a game of trying to earn His love and approval. The problem with this game is that the rules are based on self effort, and we as people are destined to fail and fall short.
Spend time with the above text and the balance of Romans 8 until the truth sinks in! When you put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you by His work on the cross, nothing can ever separate you from His love. You are wrapped and sealed in His unwavering Agape love.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Divine Intercessory Team: Romans 8:26-30

The Divine Intercessory Team: Romans 8:26-30
“26) In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27) and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29) For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30) and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans‬ ‭8:26-30‬ ‭
There are many things in this life we will never understand and there are times we will not know what to pray or how to pray. Life can be a mystery. But according to these verses, God has us surrounded with an amazing intercessory prayer team. Let’s look at it.
First, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groans to deep for words. He has a direct line of access To God. He is ever present with us. Some call this “praying in the Spirit.” I see it as the Spirit Himself praying for us. He is welcome on my prayer team anytime!
Second, Jesus, Who searches the heart and knows the mind of the Spirit and intercedes for us according to the will of God. He cleans up our emotions, wrong motives and self will and turns them into prayers that are consistent with Gods will.
Finally, we have proof of these truths because God the Father causes all things to work together for good in the lives of those who know God and are called according to His purpose. He is working to conform us into the likeness of Christ. He doesn’t want one trial wasted or one blessing missed in our lives. He wants them all to have an impact in our lives.
When these three are put together, we discover that the Trinity is active in our lives and moving us toward the fulfillment of Gods will. He wants to conform us to His predestined plan for our lives so that we fulfill every purpose He has for us.
I confess these truths are a mystery to me, but they give me great comfort for I know that God is for me and not against us. His will and purpose will prevail in my life. I strive to yield to His plan and purpose for me and not fight against it. We should want everything God has for us.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Present Sufferings Versus Future Glory: Romans 8:18-39

Present Sufferings Versus Future Glory: Romans 8:18-39
“18) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 23) And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 29) For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” Romans‬ ‭8:18, 23, 29‬ ‭
There is a significant interplay taking place within this context that is often missed with a casual reading. It is the comparison of “this present suffering” with the coming “redemption of the body.” This present age is marked by a fallen world and the accompanying suffering that goes with it. We endure everything from disease and sickness to human wars and natural disasters. The god of this present world is bent on pain, misery and suffering.
This age started with the fall of Adam and Eve and is still with us to this day. Notice that humanity is staged as a focus of this struggle and all of creation is affected by it. There is something so significant about humanity that the cosmic forces of light and darkness are locked in a fierce battle for every human soul in this present age.
But Paul talked about a major shift in verse 19 when he mentioned “the revealing of the sons of God?” This age is about to give way to something very different. He hinted at it again in verse 21 when he talked about “the freedom of the glory of the children of God?” Notice in verse 23 that it has something to do with our adoption as sons and the redemption of our body. He comes back to it again in verse 29 when he alluded to being “predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son?”
As he wrote these verses, he was weaving numerous thoughts together that put the gospel at the cutting edge of future events. What is about to happen to Christians will change the very fabric of reality itself and deal a fatal blow to the kingdom of darkness.
I believe he was looking forward to events described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 when Christians put on new and glorified bodies fashioned after the resurrected body of Christ. (See 1 John 3:1-2) These perishable bodies will become imperishable and mortality will be swallowed up by immortality. According to the Apostle, The glories awaiting us are unimaginable. The change will be so dramatic and significant that it will affect the entire created realm according to Romans 8:20-21.
Forgive my rambling, but no human to date has undergone this change. It will happen to all believers from every age at the same time at some point in the future. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 sheds light on this coming mystery. (See also Hebrews 11:39-40) In a moment, at the twinkling of an eye, all believers will suddenly be transformed into new and glorified bodies that will make Hollywood’s superhero’s and mutants look dismal. I can only imagine!
In the meanwhile, we are living in the realities of Romans 8:26-39. The Holy Spirit is helping our weakness in this fallen world. Jesus Himself is next to the Father interceding for us. God is actively causing all things to work together for our good. He is preparing us for His future plan. He is for us and not against even though we struggle with frailty, sin and failure. As His children, we are wrapped in His love so tight that nothing the enemy can throw at us can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (See Romans 8:31-39)
Paul recognized only to well how difficult the sufferings of this present life in frail human bodies could be, but he took courage in the fact that something much more glorious was coming. As the full context of Romans 8 is unpacked, it pushes speculation to the limits. It is vital that every Christian embrace a view of reality that far surpasses their mundane daily life. God is doing something very big and every Christian is part of it.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global.

Affects Of The Fall On Creation: Romans 8:18-25

Affects Of The Fall On Creation: Romans 8:18-25
“18)For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19) For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20) For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21) that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22) For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23) And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24) For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25) But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” Romans‬ ‭8:18-25‬
The fall of man had a disastrous affect on the realm of nature. The very workers that God created to care for and cultivate the realm of living things, turned against it with greed, exploitation and destruction.
But that is only a small part of the story. The ground also started producing thorns and thistles. (Genesis 3:17-18) The fall also most likely ushered in harmful germs, bacteria and viruses. At some point the diet switched from plant based (Genesis 1:29-30) to include animal flesh and all species were turned against each other. What was created as a harmonious environment became vicious and deathly competitive.
I would go so far as to speculate that prior to the fall, there was no death. Everything was peaceful and synchronized. But after the fall, blood began to flow like a river throughout the realm of nature. Even weather patterns turned destructive and natural disasters became common place.. The created realm came under the curse and moved into turmoil. It is with us to this day.
This seems to be what Paul is describing in Romans 8:18-25. Under the current state of nature, there is sufferings and groaning. But notice that Paul points to a spill over affect of human redemption to include the entire created realm. Verses 20-21 point out that creation was subjected to futility, but it will be set free from its slavery to corruption when the sons of God are glorified.
Isaiah 11:6-10 speaks of this time. The picture it paints is unimaginable to our current mindset and experience. Let me quote just a few of the verses. “6) And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. 7) Also the cow and the bear will graze, Their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8) The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.” Isaiah‬ ‭11:6-8‬
I believe this will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to set up His millennial kingdom on earth. (See Revelation 20:1-6) Creation recognizes the Creator. When He was on earth, Jesus was able to speak peace into the raging sea and violent storms (Mark 4:39-41), and reported that even the rocks could cry out in praise and recognition of Him. (Luke 19:40)
The present sufferings, pain and chaos in Creation is the result of the reign of the god of this world. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) He comes only to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He wants to defile, destroy, make desolate and corrupt everything that God created as a reflection of His glory. Lost and rebellious humanity ignorantly participated in this tragic demise.
However, in Romans 8:18-25, Paul has a message for Satan; the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross has the power to not only redeem lost humanity, it will also return Creation to its intended glory. Creation is eagerly awaiting the return of its Creator. Amazing times are coming!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

True Assurance Of Salvation: Romans 8:12-17

True Assurance Of Salvation: Romans 8:12-17
“12) So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13) for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15) For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16) The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17) and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans‬ ‭8:12-17‬ ‭
I am no longer quick to listen to the testimony from someone’s lips, rather I like to watch the testimony from their life. Are they living according to the flesh or are they living by the strength of the Spirit? The proof is whether or not they are starting to put to death the deeds of the flesh. I do not look for perfection. That is a byproduct of legalism. Rather, I look for real progress and inner spiritual life.
According to verse 14, those who are being led by the Spirit of God are the true children of God. This lines up well with 1 Corinthians 2. Do they have a growing hunger for God and a comprehension of spiritual truth? Is God a mere theological concept for them or the very source of inner life? Is their approach to God rational or spiritual?
In verses 15-16, Paul digs even deeper. Do they yearn for God? Is there something inside that cries “Abba Father?” Do they glow during worship or are they distracted with a blank look on their face? Do they sing about God or do they sing to God? Is worship mere entertainment or an expression of inner unction? Do they commune with God when alone? Do they bubble over with testimony of God encounters throughout the day or week? Is it obvious that they delight in God?
I also look to see if they have enthusiasm for Jesus Christ. The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos.” It literally means “God within.” When God is within there will be a radiance shining through, and it will grow brighter and brighter as the believer spends more time with God!
The next two verses makes it clear that assurance of salvation is the function of the human spirit and not the soul. “16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” If people have sincere doubts of salvation, take them to the cross and review the gospel with them. Don’t waste time trying to convince the religious that they have been born-again.
I have seen a number of pastors, elders and even Bible college and seminary graduates come to the realization that they had never been born-again. Oh the joy when they are finally born of the Spirit. (John 3:1-8) Such was the plight of religious Nicodemus.
Those who truly know God begin to embrace their spiritual inheritance “in Christ.” They go in and take possession of the Promised Land in the Spirit. They count it a joy to suffer with Him for they know they shall also be glorified with Him.
Take sincere inventory of these verses and see where you line up. Do what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5 and “test yourself to see whether or not you are in the faith. Examine yourself! If you come up short, run to Jesus, confess your sin and invite Him into your life. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and start reading your Bible. Also, look for a good church with other zealous believers. Trust God to lead you.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Every Man’s and Every Woman’s Battle: Romans 8:4-11

Every Man’s and Every Woman’s Battle: Romans 8:4-11
“5) For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6) For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans‬ ‭8:5-8‬
The battle between the flesh and the spirit is every man’s and every woman’s battle. For the non-Christian, the outcome is inevitable because the spirit of man died at the fall of Adam and Eve. Hence Paul describes the tragic condition of human depravity in Ephesians 2:1-4. He observes that the non-Christian is dead in their trespasses and sin, sold out to the world, influenced and controlled by the prince of the power of the air, and chasing after fleshly indulgence. It may look different for every person, but the general story is the same.
When a person becomes a Christian, the human spirit comes alive and is indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Scholars are actually divided over the true meaning of walking in the Spirit. Should it be translated as “walking in the spirit” or “walking in the Spirit?” The former understanding, favors a model where the renewed human spirit is filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, but still retains ultimate control. The latter understanding favors a model where the indwelling Holy Spirit is in total control.
I favor the understanding of “walking in the spirit” for several reasons. First, human free will is not lost for the Christian. We still have the freedom to decide. Second, the Bible paints a picture of gradual growth and maturity for believers over time. This would not be the case if the Holy Spirit gained absolute control at the moment of salvation. Third, this understanding opens a three way battle for control of a persons life. Let’s look at the three possible ways your life can be governed and make decisions.
First, the human flesh can sit on the throne and be controlled by sin and bondage. The result is carnality and sinful bondage. Second, the human soul can sit on the throne and be controlled by emotions, logic or reason. The result is that a persons world view and overall life philosophy sets the direction of life. This is why some non-Christians can be decent people. Or third, for the Christian, the renewed spirit can sit on the throne and be influenced and controlled by the Holy Spirit. The result is living in tune with God and in obedience to His Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
For most people, there is constant inner tension over which part of the human makeup reigns on the inner throne. It can even shift between the flesh, the soul or the spirit throughout the day. With spiritual growth and maturity, walking in the spirit should become the predominate mode of operation, but the tension is ongoing. The flesh does not give up easily. All it takes is being cut off by a rude driver and a flash of anger can ascend to the inner throne.
The above explanation seems to fit both Romans 8:5-11 and Galatians 5:13-26. I believe this picture is also the best explanation of Philippians 2:12-13 where the believer is admonished to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Christian growth is a life long process. We are encourage to take it seriously and work diligently at this calling. (See 2 Peter 1:4-11)
The big take away from Romans 8:4-17 is that salvation accompanied by the indwelling Holy Spirit is the big game changer for the Christian. We do not need to live a life of failure or sinful bondage. God has provided everything for our journey to practical holiness, spiritual maturity and unimaginable fruitfulness in this life. “In Christ” your future can be very different from your past.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Amazing Ministry Of The Holy Spirit: Romans 8:1-17

The Amazing Ministry Of The Holy Spirit: Romans 8:1-17
“9) However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10) And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11) But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans‬ ‭8:9-11‬
As we focus on the walk in the Spirit as emphasized by Paul in Romans 8:1-17, I want to step back and take a broad look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit from the whole Bible. The following is an A-Z overview of the ministry of the Holy Spirit available to every born again believer and every local church in which Jesus has ownership.
SO WHO IS HE?
A. He is the author of Scripture. II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:16-17
B. He is the promise of the Father. Acts 1:2-5, Acts 2:33, 38-39
C. He is the gift Jesus offers. Acts 2:38-39, John 14:16
D. He is the power of the witnesses. Acts 1:8; 4:30-31
E. He is the conviction of the sinner. John 16:8-11
F. He is the seal of saved. Ephesians 1:13-14
G. He is the regenerator of the believer. Titus 3:5-7
DO YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE?
H. He is the One who indwells every true believers. I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20
I. He is the distributer of the gifts. I Corinthians 12:4-7; 11
J. He is the abiding anointing that teaches. I John 2:20, 27; John 16:13
K. He is the source of the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23
L. He is our basis for unity. Ephesians 4:3-4
M. He is our access to the Father. Ephesians 2:18
N. He is the guide to the church leaders. Acts 13:1-4
WELL, HAVE YOU EMBRACED HIM?
O. The stiff-necked can resist Him. Acts 7:51
P. The sinful believer can grieve Him. Ephesians 4:30-31
Q. The insensitive Christian can quench Him. I Thessalonians 5:19
SO DO YOU REALLY NEED HIM?
R. He is the “Daddy Cry” of the adopted. Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15
S. He is the means of true worship. John 4:23-24
T. He is the inspiration of the singer. 1 Corinthians 14:15, Eph 5:18-21
U. He is the unction of the intercessor. Ephesians 6:18-20
V. He is the overflow of God’s love. Romans 5:5
W. He is the possession of true believers. Romans 8:5-11
SO, CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT HIM?
X. He is our helper when we are weak. Romans 8:26a, John 16:7
Y. He is our intercessor when we are discouraged. Romans 8:26
Z. He is our assurance when we have doubts Romans 8:16, and He is our inner strength and power when we are empty. Ephesians 3:16
CONCLUSION: Oh, what can I say – even though the alphabet is over we have just scratched the surface. Let’s indulge a bit more: He is the member of the God head that perfected creation (Genesis 1:2), He came upon key Old Testament saints (Psalms 51:10-11), He filled many key figures in the narrative story (Luke 1:41, 2:25-26) He overshadowed Mary at the conception of Jesus to make the incarnation possible (Luke 1:35), and He descended as a dove upon Jesus at His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). He is also the One currently at work building and fitting together all the believers into a Holy and awesome dwelling for God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).
The important question is not “how much of the Holy Spirit do you have, but rather how much of you does the Holy Spirit have?” There is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit placing believers into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), but many fillings of the Holy Spirit empowering us for life and service (Ephesians 5:18).
The question is not are you a fundamentalist, evangelical, charismatic or Pentecostal; the question is: “Are you born again through faith in Jesus Christ and walking in the filling and power of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16-24)
Resist the temptation to change your understanding of the Holy Spirit to match your experience, background or theology; instead invite the Holy Spirit to change you to match your calling in Christ Jesus as defined in God’s Word. (Romans 8:1-39; Titus 3:4-7) Friends, this is as simple as I can make it, but it will take you a lifetime to understand and apply it. Just don’t let anything or anyone hinder your sincere effort to walk in the Spirit toward fruitful maturity in Christ!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Start Walking in the Spirit: Romans 8:1-17

Start Walking in the Spirit: Romans 8:1-17
“4) so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5) For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6) For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans‬ ‭8:4-8‬
Keep in mind, Paul was answering his own question from Romans 1:24; “Wretched man that I am! Who shall set me free from the body of death?” Can a Christian rise above fleshly sin and walk in righteousness? Paul’s answer was; “Only through saving faith in Jesus Christ and learning how to walk in the Spirit!”
The promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit is what separates the Old Testament from the New Testament. (See John 14:16-18; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:39) The work of Jesus Christ on the cross paid the penalty of sin and broke its power. The giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost became the inner resource for every believer to be set free from personal sin and bondage and have a way to walk in power, victory and holiness.
Putting off the old self and learning how to walk in the Spirit is a process. (See Ephesians 4:20-23; Colossians 3:1-10) It should be as normal for every born again Christian as a toddler learning how to sit up, crawl, walk and eventually run.
I recognize there is much controversy and confusion about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but the New Testament consistently points to the walk in the Spirit as the key to personal transformation, spiritual growth, victory over sin and a life of fruitfulness in serving God. If you doubt me, go back and read Romans 8:1-17 over and over again. You are either setting your mind on the flesh or the Spirit.
The very definition of a carnal Christian is a believer who is still living and controlled by their flesh. (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, Romans 8:5-8) If Satan cannot stop a person from becoming a Christian, he will do everything in his power to prevent them from discovering and entering into the walk in the Spirit. Carnal Christianity is his playground, but Spirit filled and controlled believers are his demise.
Those who grow into a biblically mature walk in the Spirit become the mighty men and women of God in the body of Christ today. They far surpass the mighty men of King David because they become mighty in Spirit. (See 1 Chronicles 11-12) The mighty New Testament soldiers of God have armor and resources available to them totally unknown by David and his men. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
You have no excuse to remain ignorant, childish or carnal. No matter your church background, you can place personal saving faith in Jesus Christ, pick up your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to fill and guide you into the truth. Begin to study the ministry of the Holy Spirit and what it means to walk in the Spirit.
Then in obedience to God, shut off your media entertainment and get up and start serving God. Most of your growth will come on the front lines of service where you will soon be stretched and desperate for the Holy Spirit to work through you. “In Christ” through the gifting and empowering of the Holy Spirit you have unimaginable potential to become a might man or woman for God. Get serious with Jesus and start your journey today!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Defeating Plaguing Guilt and Condemnation: Romans 8:1-4

Defeating Plaguing Guilt and Condemnation: Romans 8:1-4
“1) Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3) For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4) so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans‬ ‭8:1-4‬ ‭
These verses are worth of committing to memory. They state clearly that the believer is no longer under condemnation from God. Why? Because the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus set us free from the law of sin and of death. Jesus accomplished by becoming flesh what no human was able to do. He fulfilled the Law. He was sinless.
In doing so, He became the spotless lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. His death on the cross paid the full sentence of human sin. He took the sting of death out of the Law. He made it possible for the believer to look into the eyes of the accuser of the brethren and say, “covered by the blood of Jesus!” And; “Redeemed and Forgiven by God!”
But there is more. He also made a way for sinful people to live holy lives by walking in the Spirit. (See vs 4) The Holy Spirit fulfills the Law. So does the believer who is walking in the Spirit. Just as Agape love is the fulfillment of the Law, so is the full fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:23 closes the list of the fruit of the spirit by saying; “against such things there is not law!”
If you have been justified by faith and are still plagued with fear, anxiety, plaguing guilt or feelings of condemnation, it’s either because you don’t understand the gospel or because you are listening to the accuser of the brethren. (Revelation 12:10) The Holy Spirit gently convict to bring confession, repentance, forgiveness and restoration. He never brings up past sins already confessed.
By contrast, the accuser of the brethren is relentless. He heaps guilt and condemnation on people. He leaves them feeling hopeless, helpless, dirty and unworthy. He will try to convince you that your past is so bad that God cannot forgive you.
I have worked with believers who are so deceived they are convinced they have lost their salvation and are worse than dung before God. Some battle severe anxiety disorders.
I teach them how to grab their Bible and resist the enemy by speaking truth into his defeated face. Part of that truth is Romans 8:1; “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. If you need more Scripture to stand on, proceed immediately to Romans 8:31-39. Trust me, they will be self explanatory when you read those verses.
The only thing that remains for the genuine believer who is under plaguing guilt and condemnation is to forgive themself. This is a major challenge for some people. But if God can forgive you, you can find the grace in Christ to forgive yourself. This text in Romans 8 is very significant for your journey to personal wholeness.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global