Chances are, you or someone you know has played the perennial hit video game Mario Kart. You choose a character and race on a track against your opponents. The tracks you choose vary in difficulty, and if you are competitive at all, it is a total blast. I’m awful at it and quickly became familiar with my favorite character in the game, Lakitu. When I fly off of Rainbow Road, Lakitu comes and drops me back in the middle of the track from his floating cloud tow-truck-thingy.
God knew we were gonna fly off the track in this life. He is so loving that He sent His Spirit to get us back on track. The Spirit is a deposit, a guarantee, that we will spend eternity in Heaven with God (Ephesians 1:13–14). The Spirit also intercedes for us before God with groaning too deep for words (Romans 8:26–27). The Spirit helps us recover from crashes brought on by our own rebellion as well as other circumstances. No matter how far you have gotten off track, do not forget the words of Romans 8:1–2. The Spirit reminds us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1–2 highlights the greatest part of the Good News if you ask me. The Spirit of God gives us life, and because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we are forgiven and set free from the penalty of sin. In other words, instead of “game over,” we get a “do-over.”
Worship and thank God for this truth. Now commit these verses to memory so that in times of fear and failure, you can recount these truths and invite the Holy Spirit to heal your heart.