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Setting Your Mind on The Things of The Spirit

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

It’s not easy facing life at times.  When we see the things happening in our world, it can cause us to stop and wonder, to doubt, and to even fear. This happens as we process the things we are seeing, and as we draw on the things we have seen or heard throughout our lives.  It is our nature in our flesh to worry, and to fear, but we are not to live by the flesh anymore.  Some reading this might comment, “But I’m flesh and bones, Scott, how can I live any other way?”

God’s Word tells us, once we have made a profession of faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are to abandon our old way of living, our old self — and yes, even our old nature.  The old nature was to doubt, to worry and to fear — we were prone to be pessimistic when looking at situations we saw no hope in. This included our having no hope in others changing their ways based on what we may have seen in their attitude, and actions. 

The truth is, we can all do improper things when we choose to live in the flesh and allow our minds to be set upon the temporary things of this world.   The Apostle Paul tells of this nature in Romans.

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, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5 (NKJV)

We must understand once we are born again we will be given a new spirit from God and the transformation process will begin — we will be given a new nature, but we must learn to walk in this new nature. We need to fully trust God and His Word to lead us in every aspect of our lives. We cannot pick and choose certain truths and commandments within the Bible to apply to our lives, and then discard others contained within it.   We will see the transformation in a greater capacity within our lives as we fully submit to all His ways, and are committed to following His leading.

We must also understand the nature of our earthly bodies is to be selfish, and self-serving, so it will war against our new nature of who we are in Christ Jesus.  Our responsibility will always be to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and to cast down any thought coming against God’s Word (2Cor. 10:5).  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Make it your goal to stop living according to the flesh.  Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to put to death those deeds of your earthly body.  As you do, you will find peace and security in the arms of our Good Shepherd.  Listen for His voice and heed the calling.

STUDY QUESTION: What confidence should we derive from Joshua 1:9?  

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you following God? Are you following the desires of your flesh?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Choose to seek God in every decision you make.  Allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life, and be at the helm of each and every decision you make.

PRAYER: Father, Thank You for Your wisdom, and discernment that You give to us freely.  Help me to follow You and to hear Your voice clearly amongst all the distractions I am faced with daily.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen..


Blessings, Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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