For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…….
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.
This week’s chapter really boils down to these two Scriptures. If we can somehow come to grips with these words from Proverbs and Romans, we will be on our way to winning a very life-changing battle…
a battle for our mind.
First, what we tend to think about and how we tend to think will play a major role in who we are and how we feel and live.
Second, if we are living with our minds focused on spiritual things, we will begin living in accordance with the Holy Spirit.
Joyce Meyer says that for Christians
“right thinking is a vital necessity.”
When we are physically sick, we go to the doctor so that he/she can help us get better based on the symptoms we are experiencing.
We need to get to a place in our walk with Christ where we begin to see symptoms of spiritual sickness and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM too.
If we don’t change the way we think, we are not going to become fully His. The devil will continue to have a stronghold over us, and the world will see us as an inconsistent person who wavers between strong faith and weak faith, joy and lack of joy, contentment and discontentment, etc.
The last verse I’d like to share from this chapter’s study is
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
(Just had to add this note: We will be in this battle for our mind as long as we live on this planet…..some days we will feel like we are winning, some days we will struggle……I believe success comes when we realize that the days that we feel like we are winning outnumber the other kind of days.)
Praying for you as I thank you for your prayers for me (we are in this battle together),