“The great spiritual war is fought on the turf of your heart and it’s fought for control of your soul.” –Paul David Tripp.

That battle, my friends, is why living a “well-lopsided” life is not as simple in practice as it is in theory.

If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so hard to “live rightly”, then this episode is for you. We discuss Romans 8:1 and the gift of a choice. Because of Christ’s sacrifice we are set free. We are able choose between being led by the Spirit or by the flesh. But on a moment-to-moment basis that choice can feel like a sacrifice of our security and control.

Scripture mentioned:

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, for the law of Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

Genesis 3:17 “Cursed is the ground because of you. . .”

Romans 8:5 “ For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

Matthew 26:39 “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'”

What I chat about:

  • How it’s hard to do the thing you want to do.
  • The truth of Romans 8:1, the freedom we’ve been given.
  • The curse that started back in the garden.
  • How thankful I am we don’t have to live under the law of Leviticus.
  • The gift of being a soul that goes between the physical and spiritual.
  • Paul’s well-lopsided instructions in Romans 8:5.
  • The example Jesus gave in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • The temptation to craft and control a safe life with the authority we’ve been given.

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