If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.
For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will.
That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.)
Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive a because you have been made right with God.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.
So, dear brothers and sisters, b you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it c and its evil deeds, you will live.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children d of God.
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family e -- calling him "Father, dear Father." f16
For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)