What The Spirit Desires

Discipleship Study - Life - Romans 8:5 - What The Spirit Desires - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Life – Romans 8:5 – What The Spirit Desires – Growing As Disciples

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5 (NIV)

Mind Set 

What is your mind set on? What do you mean by that? Are you saying that I have a choice about what I allow myself to think? What do you think? I guess I have been thinking whatever comes into my mind. I’ve noticed that. Are you happy with all that you have been thinking? Do you think I would be pleased with all your thoughts? No, I have not been happy with all my thoughts and I’m positive that you would not be pleased with all my thoughts. What has been the consequence of thinking thoughts that you are not happy with and you know don’t please me? I have said and done really regrettable things as a result of the thoughts that have been on my heart and in my mind.

Would you like to think thoughts that please me and don’t lead you to regretting what you have said and done? Yes, I certainly would. How would that be possible? You need to change what you allow yourself to think. That sounds nearly impossible. With me all things are possible. Do you believe that I will help you to think thoughts that please me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I have the power to change the thoughts of your mind, the meditations of your heart, the words of your mouth and the deeds of your life? Yes, I do. Then don’t say and think that changing what you allow yourself to think is nearly impossible. It’s not. Alright, I wont.

Where do I start? How can I begin to take charge of what I allow myself to think? You need to begin to guard what you allow yourself to think. How do I do that? Is there anything that is feeding thoughts that you know would not be pleasing to me? What are you talking about? Are you listening to or watching anything that you know would not be pleasing to me? I suppose that I am. Stop that. Think of those thoughts and that material as garbage that you need take out of your life and throw away. Those thoughts are feeding your mind with what you don’t want to think. Those thoughts are leading you to do what you don’t want to do. Yes, I know. Taking out the garbage is where you start. It won’t always be easy but don’t ever give up.

What are thoughts that please me? I’m not sure. Where would you go if you wanted to feed your heart and mind on a steady diet of thoughts and words that please me? I would go to your word. Yes, that’s right. Would you go to nibble here and there on my word or would you go to feast on my word? This is not a trick question. I would go to feast on your word. Yes, that’s right.

Do you have any idea what my word will do for you? I’m not sure. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. When you feast on my word my Spirit will be working in you, for you, and through you. You will think my thoughts. You will speak my words. You will do what I ask. You will have no regrets because you will be thinking, saying and doing what my Spirit desires. How does all this sound to you? It sounds like the prayer that you have put in my heart and on my mind. Yes, it is.

Life – Romans 8-5 – What The Spirit Desires – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

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