Spiritually-minded

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The Bible mentions two kinds of minds: the spiritual mind and the carnal mind. {Romans 8}

The carnal mind, that is, the mind that is controlled by the sinful nature (Rom. 8, NLT), need not be the openly worldly kind that we know of: adulterous, lustful, covetous, greedy. But it could operate in the subtlest of ways in which a Christian when not watchful, could nevertheless fall prey of.

The mind that is controlled more by the desires of the flesh and feelings tends to be narrow, shallow, and self-centered. The mind that has acquired the habit of thinking the worst in others, of focusing on others’ weaknesses and blemishes and judging them inwardly, and of being unable to see the good in every person, of accepting, forgiving, and loving them despite of – could easily be the mind of a so-called Christian, if he or she does not examine himself deeply and desire and invite the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The mind that often thinks of itself better than others, too critical and condescending, is proud. Even the mind which easily succumbs to self-pity, thoughts of ill wishes and envy, and feelings of discontent and discouragement brought by these is a mind that tends to sin. This kind of mind holds its owner captive, is unhappy and could not be victorious.

These things could inhabit the heart and mind of a Christian in varying degrees and in many different ways, like when we do things in service to God but secretly expect something in return, or to covertly earn accolade or praise for ourselves – and when we do not see them coming, we get disappointed and hence, we sulk – is not true service at all, but men-pleasing and vainglorious.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:13-16 NIV)

Those that are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things… So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death… For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still in control by their sinful nature can never please God. (Rom. 8:5-8 NLT).

But the one who continues to walk after the Spirit, being careful not to grieve Him but thinks of those things that please God will live in true liberty and will find life and peace.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

Let us be watchful, therefore, to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). And may this reminder from the Apostle Paul fill our minds and be absorbed in the core of our being – wherever we are, whoever we are with, and in whatever situation:

…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil. 4: 8 )

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*(Photos of Hannah in the Eco Park)

I’d like to share this beautiful song (and video) which I love singing to the Lord. I have included the lyrics below. I pray it will bless you, too.

Pour Your Spirit Out

by Shannon Wexelberg

Lord, I seek You

Help me find You

How I need Your touch

Find my dry and broken places

Thirsty for Your love

Lord, forgive me

If I’ve wandered

Far away from You

You are all I’ve ever needed

Come and make me new

Chorus:

Pour Your Spirit out on me

Fall just like the rain

Saturate my thirsty soul

come and fall afresh on me

Fill my cup again 

Heal my heart and make me whole

I need You now

Pour Your Spirit out.

This post is linked to Time-warp WifeDomestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Spiritual Sundays

 

Comments

  1. gina l. labrador says:

    ….nice song…..so captivating…..thanks for sharing this sis rina…..GOD BLESS

  2. Charlotte says:

    So true. It is the more subtle ways that we can be carnally minded.I t’s easier to avoid the more obvious ones. Thank you for sharing this insight into being led by the Spirit. The video is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it, dear Rina.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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