Word 4U Today

God’s Will (2)

God’s Will (2)

Choose a spiritual, not a carnal mindset.

Carnality is at the core of our human nature, and it lives on in us even after we have become Christians. Its gravitational pull is always away from God toward self-centered living.

The Bible says,

‘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.’ (v. 7 ESV).

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. The good news is, ‘You…are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit, if you have the Spirit of God living in you’ (v. 9 NLT).

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’ (Matthew 16:16-17 NIV).

Shortly afterward, Jesus confided to His disciples how He would die. 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).

Warning: 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.

‘The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.’ Romans 8:6 NIV

Bob Gass

November 7th, 2014

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