Quickened by the Spirit

Read Romans 8:9-11
 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (v. 11).
Have you met believers who routinely say something like “Sometimes I am not in the Spirit but in the flesh”? That has always puzzled me. I don’t understand how, in light of today’s scripture, a believer can be “in the Spirit” one moment and “not in the Spirit” another moment.
When Christ comes into our lives, the Spirit of God makes that same body alive to righteousness. The “quickening” makes us aware and sensitive to sin. It empowers and enables a believer to live the life of righteousness. Sin no longer controls our lives when the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us. Just as only God can bring about physical life in a woman’s womb, only God the Holy Spirit can give our earthly bodies the power to live a life of righteousness. (LeeAnn Davison)
Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.
— Author Unknown

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