This week God has been working on some things in my life, specifically my mind. Well, of course, when God does this, my devotions usually fall right on this category…today I just laughed to myself as I began my devotional.
Romans 8:6-What’s Going On Up There?
For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.
Sometimes I think in math terms. Whenever I see the word “Is” that means =. So I look at it this way:
Mind set on things of the flesh = death
Mind set on things of the Spirit= life and peace.
Some of this may sound foreign to you. I don’t think on death very often. Nor do I think of the word “Flesh” very much. But in this verse it says that the mind-set of the flesh is death, that means that when we are focusing on temporal things, things that don’t matter in eternity then that is not what really matters. I believe it is also referring that when we set our minds on sin, give in to temptation, or dwell on thoughts that are not Christ-like then that is death. Not that you will get struck by lightening and die instantly, but death in the spiritual sense. Separated from God.
I’m so thankful that Jesus is the bridge, the one who brings us back into the Lord’s presence where we no longer a sinner, but washed by the perfect blood of Jesus.
Getting back to the mind though…how do I actually do this part? How do I have the mind-set of the Spirit? How do I actually have life and peace in my life? This is what I asked myself this morning. Then this verse comes to mind:
Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
There’s my answer.
When I have thanksgiving to God, it gets my mind back on trust. God is who I trust. When I get anxious, when I know I do not have the mind-set of the Spirit, I’ve got to get thanking God. Because when I thank God that shows in whom my trust is. God. That’s where my trust lies. That’s where I find life and peace. When there is no peace, I know Satan is having a field day. Because when I don’t have that life and peace-it affects everything going on in my life. This week, Satan is really trying this on me. But nope, not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever. I’ve got my mind-set on the Spirit. The Spirit, The Word of God, that Truth.
Then you know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
Boom. Drop the mic.
I’m free. No more worries, no more anxieties, no more stress, no more worrying about what others around you are doing (or not doing in some cases). I’m free in Christ. That’s where my trust lies.
Epiphany. And the angels sang.
Now to remind myself of this in 5 minutes… because the mind is forgetful.