Lori was working on a few different topics for this section of the website. She wasn’t done editing most of them, but I read this recently and decided it would be good to post it for her without it being finished. So this is where it was when she became unable to finish:
Romans chapter 8 has quickly became one of my favorite chapters
in the whole Bible because, upon my diagnosis, I read something encouraging and challenging every time. One of the biggest reasons Romans 8 became my favorite was because it reminded me of the perspective on life I need. So, because of it’s importance, today’s post will focus on this chapter, and specifically, at Romans 8:9.
Rom 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Rom 8:9 (The Message) But if God himself has taken up resident in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about.
If we believe the God is who he says he is (from reading in the Bible about Him and experiencing Him in mh ), then we are in the realm of the Spirit. That’s what shifts our perspective when suffering comes.
When my chemo stopped working i came out to the car and felt _____________ (devastated, sad). The disease was progressing, and I was letting my flesh get the best of me. I turned on the car, and as I did, I heard the first bars of Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Rise” come on the radio.
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”
I felt like __________ about it, and it changed me this way __________________
I was honored to speak at a church shortly after, and because of “I Will Rise”, I was able to say to the congregation, as I say to you now, look, there are people here who can’t see the hope in this. They can’t seem to find that spiritual righteousness that comes with suffering, the joy in suffering. I understand that. We all have hard times in our lives, I have hard times in my life. I don’t always have this peaceful perspective.
But I know where to go to get it.
I think it comes from denying our flesh, even though that may be really hard. We need to claim what God says in his scriptures, and, like the song says, rise up above our flesh and what our flesh is telling us. The flesh can be so many things. It can be your anger, your binge eating, your laziness, your poor communication — all of these could be part of Satan’s toolbox for bringing you down.
Do whatever it takes to live in the realm of the Spirit. If you have to continually call out scriptures and surround yourself with prayer warriors, do it. Memorize Scripture, surround yourself with the body of Christ, and give up time, embarrassment, and anything that is in the way of community. Get over that hump. I don’t think God is going to remove that hump. He may not remove temptations, weaknesses, or obstacles. He’s going to give us the opportunity to make those choices ourselves. He’s in the business of maturing us. But that’s what’s so wonderful about it. We have the choice, and we can choose him.