Bible Reading for: December 10
Our mind set dictates our focus which dictates our destiny. On what is your mind set?
On what is your mind set? Are you focused on God and His will, or are you focused on yourself? Are you getting tired of me asking you this kind of question? Brother, this is the question that we need to be asking ourselves every day – every moment. Why? I think Paul explains it well.
Romans 8:5-8 ESV
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
We live in the world of the flesh. That world idolizes the pleasures of the flesh. If we don’t work diligently to keep our minds on the things of God, we will be seduced away from Him. That seduction leads to hostility to God. Did you notice that Paul said that a mind set on the flesh cannot submit to God’s Law? We have a mistaken idea that we are free to violates God’s law once we have accepted Christ because we are no longer “under” the Law. This is an incorrect understanding. If we have truly submitted to Christ, His Holy Spirit helps us to not only desire obedience to God and His Law but empowers us to do so.
Now God’s Holy Spirit residing in us causes our hearts to strive for a standard much higher than the Law. We are not under the Law because it is a lower standard. Remember how Jesus told us that not only is the act of adultery wrong but also lusting after a woman – in other words we must not only discipline our actions but our thoughts. Jesus was all about the spirit of the Law. He and His disciples violated the letter of the Law from time to time. I think this was to show us the preeminent importance of the condition of our hearts.
We must reject the things of this world, for they corrupt our hearts. In order to keep our hearts pure, we must set our minds on the things of God. On what is your mind set?
Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!