It is hump day and I hope and pray that everyone is staying strong in their personal pursuit of daily Bible study. God's Word will change your life, but you have to be in it for it to have that effect.
Today's selection is Romans 8:5-6
"For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace."
The context of this verse is the unsaved man, who sets his mind on the things of the flesh, versus the saved man, who sets his mind on the things of the Spirit. One way will bring death while the other way brings life and peace.
For our study, A Confident Heart, this is a call to always set our minds on what God says to be true. As a saved person, it is very easy to set our minds on the things of the flesh, also known as the things of this world. Too easily we become focused on our weaknesses, our own negative thoughts, what others think about us, what we don't have, our past sins, etc. All of these thoughts rob us of the peace and joy that God offers His children. To change our focus and to set our minds on the things of the Spirit, we have to stay connected to God. As we read His Word and we pray to Him every single day, throughout the day, asking Him for His perspective, our minds stay focused on His truth about ourselves and about our circumstances. When our minds are focused on the things of the Spirit and we constantly take our "fleshly", or worldly, thoughts captive, only then will our lives be characterized by JOY and PEACE. And isn't that what we all want. I know I do! In the midst of my crazy days, my soul longs for joy and peace. I have a choice of how I will find that peace...the world's way, which could include things like overeating or shopping, or the Spirit's way, which is simply resting in His truth. The world's way will never satisfy, but God will satisfy me every time.
Today, I will set my mind on thethings of the Spirit. How about you?
Until next time...
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