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There are those who think the Spirit is a thing. They view Him as a lifeless blob that God sets inside of us that doesn’t physically affect us during our lives.

They tend to view God’s Spirit like a coin you put in a pop machine or a candy machine. The coin goes in and the candy comes out. But from that point on the coin lies dormant in the machine, doing nothing more of any value.

But Romans 8 is telling us that’s not so with God’s Spirit. Romans tells us that the Spirit is a life giving, life changing force.

Throughout this passage Paul tells us the Spirit:

· helps us know what God desires for our lives (vs. 5)

· can help me control my mind (vs. 6)

· Helps me have life and peace (vs. 6)

· gives “life” to my mortal body (vs. 11)

· helps me put to death my “misdeeds” – helps me control my sin (vs. 13)

· testifies to the fact that I am a child of God (vs. 16)

When God places His Spirit inside us that Spirit becomes a life giving, life changing force.

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