Romans 8:5-11: i am set free into life and peace

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on s the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on t the things of the Spirit. For to set u the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is v hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; w indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact x the Spirit of God dwells in you. y Anyone who does not have z the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of a him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus4 from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies b through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8:5-11: i am set free into life and peace

Finer points: sitting in our suffering

God sits with us in our suffering. Am I looking away too like the Jews because I was looking for a God to remove my suffering?

God’s greatest loss would become his greatest gain in us, broken us. Jesus chose our story of brokenness so we can choose his of righteousness.

We stand in a reality where God has paid the price for us and our mess. Where he meets us and shares in our suffering.

Finer points: sitting in our suffering

Today I dreamt that as a family we were arranging salt crystals. Initially the dream wasn’t about family. It started out with trying to find ghost footprints so we started sprinkling salt on the floor but slowly mom joined and it was so much fun. I sprinkled it from its bottle and everyone slowly started arranged it in lines. Until there was a moment where I sprinkled it ahead of our line, ahead of our progress. And ahma was there too, arranging it in her good manner. It was so normal. I didn’t notice the difference in the beginning even. I was in between mum and ahma. So I got up and went ahead down the line further, sprinkling more salt. And I had the thought that I wanted to take a photo of this. I had to. Mum even addressed ahma casually, giving her instructions on how to arrange the crystals. It was like we hadn’t realised the dream which realised ahma in front of us. It was a reality from the past that kept being real to us even after it had already been halted in its tracks. I started to take pictures, with the knowledge that ahma had indeed passed on but yet she was here in this moment. How could I not try to remember, try to capture another moment with her, knowing she was gone? And as I looked at the screen it was black and white, almost to indicate to me the picture I was seeing and capturing was not real. But yet it was; a timeline of the past that had somehow merged with ours again for that short moment. When I clicked to capture, I would see both the B&W version and the colored version which showed the empty space. I started to tear as I continued to take pictures. It seemed then that Dad and Mum finally realised the same impossible reality that ahma wasn’t there anymore. But yet she somehow was to all of us while we were performing some mindless menial task. It was in the normal grind of life that her presence was felt. Where her gentle words, kind touch and support continued to linger even after her body was no more. With such an experience you just know, what an amazing person she was. And I now have a better sense of the loss mum felt in her life when ahma had stopped breathing. To be missing that gigantic figure whom you knew would always be there to help with whatever you needed. Yet wouldn’t get in the way so as to hinder your development or to infringe on your will. What an art. What a beauty. I couldn’t help it, I woke up in tears. Not a right ol sob but just an acknowledgement of reality.. And yet the dream within the dream has taught me how to live better. And as I’m writing this I wonder how to make clear the distinction yet convey the very blurry lines…

Finer points: his sovereignty and my will 

The power of God engages itself beneath or behind and within our will, not in place of our will.

The evidence of God’s power in our lives is not the absence of our willing but the strength of our willing.

Part of the whole process of walking worthy of God’s call is the active engagement of our will in resolving to do righteousness. 

From: God Works Through Good Resolves #SolidJoys

Finer points: his sovereignty and my will 

Finer points: will

God has already laid his will out for us in his word. So perhaps instead of simply asking what his will is for us, we can ask for wisdom to act according to God’s will. 

In order then to become wise we need to read and meditate on God’s word and ask for the spirit to illuminate our hearts. 

Finer points: will

Q&A bits 

The normal and enough way that will allow you to live the Christian life is through his word. 

The normal Christian experience is that you know God through his words! Enough to know it is true and enough.

You are praying for your worldview to be changed and not for the Bible to be more clear.Pray and then Work. The psalmist prays and then works by meditating, memorising, teaches, speaks, lives, etc. He worked very hard 

Q&A bits 

do: morning ritual

Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD.

Each morning i bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalms 5:3 (NLT)

My voice you shall hear in the morning, O LORD;

In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

Psalms 5:3 (NKJV)

Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I am trusting you.

Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer.

Psalms 143:8 (NLT)

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way to go, for to you i entrust my life.

Psalms 143:8 (NIV)

do: morning ritual