Read Romans 8:6-11

Many people mistakenly believe once you make a decision to live a life devoted to God, you have a supernatural endowment of power preventing you from experiencing anything except positive emotions and positive experiences. Although this may sound absurd, in all actuality it’s partially true. We have been endowed with the supernatural power of Gods Holy Spirit. However, most believers will attest they are confronted with challenges, pressures, and conflicts that result in negative feelings and negative experiences from time to time.

Paul’s message to the Roman community helps us to understand the connection between our challenges, our faith, our mind, and God’s Spirit.  Although the Spirit of Christ dwells within us, we are never free from struggles!  However, when we have faith in the resurrected Christ, choose to live a life according to the Spirit, and set our minds on the things of the Spirit, we are able to experience life and peace, in spite of our struggles, as demonstrated through the life of Jesus Christ.

God, redirect my focus back to you, so that I can experience peace. Empower me with the love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control exhibited by Jesus Christ.

D. Marie Tribble

First Christian Church, Lemoyne, PA