“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Romans 8:5-6 (NLT)
“What were you thinking?” Have you ever had anyone ask you that? Usually it’s after something goes wrong. There was a misjudgment and your thinking has been brought into question. Paul is suggesting that we need to be on guard about the way we think. What do we let dominate our mind? Paul suggests it is either the Spirit of God or our sinful nature. What a world of difference the two mindsets have on our life. The mind dominated with the sinful nature leads to sinful thinking and behavior resulting in spiritual death. However, if we let the Spirit of God control our mind, we will find ourself doing things that please the Spirit. This results in life and peace. Today, let your thinking be dominated with the Holy Spirit. Rebuke negative and sinful thinking. Say “No” to temptations and lust that will only lead you down the wrong road. Spend time thinking on God’s word. Pray and converse with God throughout the day. It is your mind; let the Spirit guide your thinking and you will find living for Him is what you were born for.
Father, I want to live my life for You. Let Your Holy Spirit control my thinking. I give You my mind; guide me, direct me, lead me into Your will.
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