And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

Romans 8:11-14

 

At the cross, everything changed. Watch this week’s final video as we are reminded that saying “yes” to a life with Jesus is not a one-time decision. It’s a change of a lifestyle…

 

Our most important command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. And with access to God all the time, we can connect to God all the time! Use your access to God daily. Invite him into the depths of your heart, your mind, your desires and your struggles. He knows all of it, but your relationship can only grow when you are building it alongside Him.

Life became completely different because of the cross. It’s not about us or the people we see on television. We were created with a higher purpose! When we accept Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit—the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the grave—comes to live inside of us. It’s the power we have to endure pain and hardship, discomfort and condemnation.

 

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

 

The Spirit changes us from the inside out. Following Christ is not a religion where you work harder to do certain things, and not do other things. As the Spirit transforms us, we develop new desires and a new power to overcome temptation. This naturally prompts us to make decisions pleasing to God.


  

Consider the questions below and spend some time answering them in your own quiet time: 

1.     Read Galatians 5:22-26. These characteristics are formed in our lives when we stay connected to Jesus.

a.     Think of three fruits of the Spirit that you would like to see further developed in your life as you spend more time with Jesus.

2.     What bad habit do you need the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome? How can you start?

3.     What does it mean to love God with all of your heart? Your soul? Your mind? Your strength?

4.     Living a life for Christ means living a life on mission. Who in your life needs to hear God’s truth? Start praying for them and asking God for opportunities to share with them your own story with Jesus.