“The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Ro 8:6 NIV
Choose a spiritual, not a carnal mindset. Carnality is at the core of our unregenerate nature, and it lives on in us even after we become Christians. Its gravitational pull is always away from God toward self-centered living. The Bible says, “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (v. 7). The carnal mind makes us suspicious, skeptical, self-promoting, and spiritually blind to God’s will. Being spiritually-minded means centering your choices around God’s Word and the Spirit’s prompting. And the good news is, “You…are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you” (v. 9 NIV). Giving in to the flesh isn’t inevitable. You get to decide whether the flesh or the Spirit guides you! Peter, in a spiritual mindset, received a revelation of Jesus’ deity. “‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied…‘This was not revealed to you by man [flesh], but by my Father’” (Mt 16:16-17 NIV). Shortly afterward, Jesus confided to His disciples the dreadful means of His death. And in a moment of well-meaning but misguided carnality, Peter refused to accept it. “‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’” (v. 22 NIV). A carnal mindset is an invitation to Satan. So Jesus told Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but…of men” (v. 23 NIV). So keep your mind spiritually focused and ready to do God’s will.
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