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Freed by the Law of the Spirit of Life (2)

Rom. 8:1 There is now then no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.  (2) For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.
[Part 2 of 3]
There is no effort involved when we try to overcome one law with another law. We have mentioned before that gravity is a law. It pulls every object down to the ground. But helium is a gas which is lighter than air. Therefore, a helium balloon will rise up. It will rise spontaneously; there is no need to fan it or support it by any force. In the same way, no effort is involved when we deal with the law of sin and of death by the law of the Spirit of life.

Suppose someone scolds you or strikes you without cause. It is possible for you to overcome the situation even without realizing what has happened. After the whole thing is over, you may wonder how you did not get angry when you were scolded. You should have been very angry at the other person’s word. But surprisingly you overcame the situation without even realizing it! Indeed, all victories are unconscious victories because the law of the Holy Spirit is operating and upholding us, not our own will. This kind of spontaneous victory is genuine victory. Once you experience this, you will realize that only the indwelling Spirit can keep you from sin; you do not have to will not to sin. Since this law dwells in you, you are delivered from the law of sin and of death. You are in Christ Jesus, and the law of the Spirit of life is in you. Spontaneously, you are free.

Our past failures were the result of a law and today’s victories are also a result of a law. The former law is powerful, but the present law is more powerful. The former law is indeed potent in bringing us to sin, but the present law is more absolute in saving us from condemnation. When the law of the Spirit of life is expressed through us, its power is far greater than that of the law of sin and of death.
[Continued tomorrow]
~ A Prayer ~
Lord Jesus, thank You for the law of the Spirit of life.
Grant me to know and experience the operating and upholding
of this law. Forgive me in doubting the power of the law of
the Spirit. Lead me into many unconscious victories today.

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