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. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (NIV)
What is your mind set? What are you allowing your mind to think? Is your mind set on the flesh? Are you thinking about sinful desires? Those are tough questions. You don’t beat around the bush. You get right to the point. I see that there is a choice before me. What choice do you have before you? I must choose what I will set my heart and mind and life on. There is no middle ground. My heart and mind and life will either be set on the flesh or on the Spirit. If I set my heart and mind and life on the flesh, I will be choosing a life not worth living. I will be choosing worldly and fleshly and sinful thoughts. Those thoughts will lead to worldly and fleshly and sinful words and actions. Choosing to live that kind of life will lead to death. There is no peace or hope or joy in that life. No, there is not. Leading that kind of life would make me hostile to you. A mind set on worldly and fleshly and sinful thoughts cannot please you. No, it cannot. Nothing could be farther away from the desire of my heart and mind and life. What is the desire of your heart and mind and life? I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to live the life you have given to me. I want to live in your peace. I want to experience your joy. I want to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. In every way and on every day, I want to set my mind on what the Spirit desires. Those are very good desires. I’m sure that they come from you. Yes, they do. I know that you will help me to live the life that you have given me the desire to live. That is true. That is sure. That is certain. Thank you, Lord.
Holy Spirit, no longer will I allow my mind to be set on the flesh and sinful desires. Help me to set my mind on you. Help me to set my mind on what you desire. Give me a Spirit controlled mind, filled with your life and peace. Help me to submit to and please God. Amen
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