Why is there so much untimely death and deliberate destruction? If you are a follower of Christ, you know the answer to that question – at least intellectually. Note, I qualified death and destruction because they are both natural occurrences. Our mortal bodies, no matter how healthy, have a finite time. Likewise, any structure we build will deteriorate over time – maintenance simply prolongs the process… but I digress.
The Word of the Lord says; “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,” (Romans 8:6). This is why we must walk in the Spirit. How do we get there? Bear with me, this might end up being a longer than usual post. The Lord has revealed Himself in three persons and He created us in His image with three parts – mind, body, and spirit. Our mind is voiced through reason, our body (flesh) is voiced through emotions. These two are usually lined up – and you can tell because what comes out of our mouths is how we feel and why it’s someone else’s fault. In doing so, we reinforce and strengthen our Self Indulgent Nature.
However, the voice we need to hear is usually the most silent – the voice of our spirit. I believe it’s because that’s where we are weakest. God is Spirit and He speaks to our spirit – mainly through His Word. Our minds need to be trained on His Word, and we need to speak His truth into our circumstances in order initiate this transformation (Romans 12:2).
Nicodemus was very intellectual when came to Scripture, but without the connection to the Spirit he had no real understanding. Jesus explained to Nicodemus; “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)
Untimely death and deliberate destruction comes from man focusing on himself. When we allow our minds to line up with our flesh (drowning out our spirit), we have a temporal mindset – what we see becomes all there is. Our goals and even time itself become idols and our focus turn to the need accumulate material things as fast as possible to “enjoy life”. This is a lie of the enemy – we know this, yet we find ourselves living as though it’s true. I have news for you, the moment fear sets in – we stop living.
A mind trained on the Spirit can receive the Truth of God’s Word – and by faith you will be empowered by Holy Spirit to do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). A life of abundance can only be found in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His Word gives you an eternal mindset – and that mindset leads to forgiveness, healing, peace, love, and life.