Devotional for Thursday, April 15, 2021


ROMANS 8:1-8

ROMANS 8:1-8

1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.


Beloved in the Lord, the fact is that the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Without Jesus, we would have no hope at all. But thank God! He has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do His will.

The life-giving spirit is the Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the world, and He is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.

Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. In the Old Testament times, animal sacrifices were continually offered at the temple. The sacrifice showed the Israelites the seriousness of sin. Blood had to be shed before sins could be pardoned but the blood of animals could not really remove sins. The sacrifices could only point to Jesus’ sacrifice, which paid the penalty for all sins.

Friends, in this passage, Paul divides people into two categories: those who are dominated by their sinful nature, and those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Many of us would be in the first category if Jesus hadn’t offered us a way out. Once we have said yes to Jesus, we would want to continue following Him because His way brings life and peace. Daily we must consciously choose to center our life on God. Use the Bible to discover God’s guidelines and then follow them. In every perplexing situation, ask yourself, what would Jesus want me to do? When the Holy Spirit points out what is right, do it eagerly.

Thought for the day:

The life-giving spirit is the Holy Spirit.


1. In every perplexing situation, ask yourself, what would Jesus want me to do.
2. Yield yourself completely to the leading of the Holy Spirit.


1. Thank you Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
2. I yield myself completely to your leading dear Lord in Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. T. D. Oka

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