Set Your Mind

In Romans chapter 8, Paul wrote:

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Each of us has the decision-making ability to determine our future.  We all have a choice or else there would be no point for having a Bible to lead and guide us through this physical life.  Throughout Scripture we are told to do and pursue certain things and likewise steer clear of other actions.  There are laws to live by and if you do so the results will promote life and health whereas if you choose to defy the basic laws you will surely die by way of the path of destruction.  Will you choose a life of Love or will you choose another path?  The decision is yours… choose life.

The choice is simple until your flesh gets involved.  The flesh wants its way and will enslave you if you allow it to take control of your life.  It relies on your five physical senses to  promote its agenda and strengthen its hold on you.  When you allow your mind to focus on satisfying the needs of the flesh, the result is ultimately death and destruction.

When you set your mind on the things of the SPIRIT and begin to live according to the SPIRIT, life and peace are the result.  You realize that life becomes less complicated and your Love for mankind increases.  You become more sensitive and compassionate to those in need and you do not see war and conflict as the answer to life’s challenges.  Your fleshly desires are no longer in control of your life and you don’t dwell on thoughts which would pursue the path of death and destruction.

In Paul’s letter to Titus we find:

15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

Your flesh seeks to direct your thoughts away from purity and focus on the fleshly desires.  Yet as you continually set your mind to the things Above, you will cleanse and purify your heart and mind until you finally perceive a purity of purpose.  Once you get to this point you gain clarity in your purpose and calling.  When you rise up above the complexities created by the flesh, you will then see the futility and emptiness created by living in such a manner.  You will be astonished at the waste of time, energy, and other resources that take place when living according to the flesh.

What happens as a result of a setting your mind to the things of the SPIRIT?  Your heart becomes pure and Jesus shares the results of such a heart in Matthew chapter 5:

8 ​​Blessed are the pure in heart,

​​For they shall see GOD.

Your eyes will be opened to how FATHER is in everything.  You will gain appreciation for every aspect of life and look at all challenges as an aspect of your Spiritual growth and maturity.  You will become one with nature since FATHER is the Creator of every living thing.  Suddenly the beauty that has been hidden in plain sight will be noticed and honored for FATHER’S Divine Intent is found throughout the universe.  You become more sensitive to the children as they fix their gaze upon you because you are emitting a pleasant aura.  Yes, that is a scientific reality that everything and every person emits a vibrational state that is visible to those who are able to see it.  Babies can easily perceive auras and that is why they will cry when certain people get close to them.  As your heart becomes pure, your vibrational state increases and all aspects of your being moves toward life and peace.  Jesus continues in Matthew chapter 5:

9 ​​Blessed are the peacemakers,

​​For they shall be called sons of God.

By setting your mind toward Love and life, you begin the process toward becoming a mature Son.  It is a simple and straightforward path but very narrow.  Only those willing to crucify the flesh will stay on the path but it can be achieved or else we would not be instructed to pursue it.

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