Happy New Week! Today we’re reading Romans 8:5-8 and centering on the word
The Hopefuelled are people at peace with God, people at peace in themselves, and people who express peace to the world! Sound too much to handle?! There is hope, read on!
On my Top 5 list of Christmas carols is O Little Town of Bethlehem. I love the line
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight
As we continue in this season of Advent, we can ask God to fully teach us what it means for our hopes and fears to be met in him.
Have you ever lived with something though and not known about it? Last week my friend showed me how to directly add an Instagram post to my Instagram stories. The ability to do this had been there, but I hadn’t known how to use it. Holy Spirit isn’t to be ‘used’ but I think sometimes we forget that Jesus sent Holy Spirit to us, to help us grow in our faith and extend God’s Kingdom
but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Why don’t we just pause for a moment and pray
“Holy Spirit, help me today to live in accordance with you, to live in the New Life Jesus won for me, to set my mind on your desires.”
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
Woah! That sound like if we wake up on a day and forget to set our minds on God something drastic will happen! That’s not what this is about. While we are reminded to put on the mind of Christ (phil 2:5-8), and put on our Armour (Eph 6:10); it is also true that we are now, ‘new creation’ people (2 Cor 5:17). The Hopefuelled are governed by the Spirit. This gives us peace, we already please the Father.
At Christmas, we remember the King who came to earth as a baby and although babies are far from peaceful sometimes – isn’t that the most peaceful way for a King to come? He could have chosen anyway, He could have come with an army of angels and made war. Yet, He chose to be born, in human form. To reconcile man to God.
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still
The dear Christ enters in
and we can
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth
and as citezens of a Kingdom of Peace, we extend peace.
This advent, ask God to settle in your heart that you are at peace with Him – forever. You could also pray for Christians as a whole to be at peace, and extend peace to the world.