Do you know the Bible is loaded with God's Promises? I thought I'd spend a couple of days looking at a handful of God's Promises. Because unlike a promise from another person, a promise from God is binding. When God promises, he carries through.
Romans 8:9-11 is the source of our first promise.
9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And 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 through his Spirit, who lives in you.
Here we see that God promises that sin will never control us again. By living in Christ, we have been broken free of the controlling nature of sin. The Spirit of God lives in us, and he can help us control our sinful nature. And this is a promise! Never again will sin be the controlling force in our lives. Never! We can find encouragement here in this verse when we are struggling with something. It is so encouraging to read that we have been freed of sin. While this doesn't mean that we won't sin, because we all know that we still are sinful beings, it is not the reigning force in our lives. It is not sin that will drive our decision making or our day-to-day activities. Rather, the Spirit will help us every day to conquer the sinful thoughts that may creep up on us.
I thank God for this promise, and for his Spirit which will help us. I am thankful that God is not a man and cannot lie to us- for his word can be a comfort in a time of trouble, and I am ever thankful for the many promises, some of which I will discover in the coming days.