For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:6 KJV)
The mind is the locomotive force that drives our lives on the earth. Where your mind goes, your life will follow. Rom. 8:6 above tells us that if we set our minds on the things of the flesh, or allowing the sinful nature control the way we think, death will be the result. That is not eternal death in hell but spiritual death— the death of your joy, peace, righteousness, prosperity, etc.
However, if we set our minds on the things of the Spirit, or be spiritually minded, the scripture says life and peace will result. Let me illustrate this scripture with a simple day to day example so we can fully grasp its practical application. If you are focused on any negative report or news you have received, about anything in your life( carnal mind), you will undoubtedly discover that you will become afraid, anxious and sad( death). However, if you get some negative report and choose to focus on what the Word of God has said about it( spiritually minded), you will discover that you will have peace, rest and joy( life) even in the midst of everything that is going on.
Carnal thinking leads to death, and spiritual mindedness leads to life. You have the power to control your thoughts. Choose life.
Meditation in the Word trains your mind to be fixed on spiritual things. Take a moment and think through every phrase of the entire verse above. Don’t just read it.Ponder upon it. Then declare those words with your mouth again and again. That is how you get the Word to take hold of your mind.
APPLY THE WORD
What is the state of your mind—carnal or spiritual? What are you always thinking about? Make a choice today to set your mind on the things of the Spirit.
Ask the Spirit of the Lord to grant you the grace to keep your mind set on the things above always, even in the midst of tough situations.
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