As we continue our study of Romans 8, let’s look at what is possible when the Holy Spirit is in control of our lives.
He will lead us, testify with our spirit that we’re Children of God and help us in our weaknesses, especially when we don’t know what to pray for. He will intercede for us with groans that can’t be deciphered by us, but are fully understood by God the Father. He helps us understand the righteous requirements of the law and what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.
More than that, when in control of our lives, He enables us to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law in our attitude and behavior. We are free from worrying about a heavy cloud of unrealizable expectations hanging over our heads. The Holy Spirit gives us confidence to live responsibly and responsively to His promptings and reminders.
He helps us understand the Bible so we can walk in its light. Obedience is not an expression of mere compliance to obligation; it rather expresses a warm desire to please God and a humble acknowledgement of total dependence on Him. Paul put it this way in Romans 8:4: “The righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”
Now, that’s a picture of victory in Christ. It’s available for every Christian to experience by faith. Are you experiencing it today?