Setting Your Mind on the Spirit
If you want to put your mind on the things of the Spirit then put your mind on, think about, focus on, get preoccupied with, everything that the Spirit is preoccupied with.
Every Christian, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, God seriously wants you to mature in Christ and then help others know him and grow in him. He doesn’t want you to stagnate. if you are not sharing your faith or helping people grow you stagnate. You get stuck. The process in Christ assumes progress in Christ and that takes trusting God’s protection, provision, and promises in Christ. Think on the right things, train your mind for action, and allow the Spirit to keep recalibrating your heart around the Word of God and what God wants.
The mind set on the Spirit. Set your minds on the things of, from, because of, focused on, and dependent on the Spirit. Life. Peace. Glory. Growth. Fruitfulness. Obedience. Forgiveness. Repentance. Love. Every good thing God gives. He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. Loving God and preaching the Gospel and helping people grow in Christ. And do that. Worship, evangelism, and discipleship. Simple trust and obedience. Wrap your mind up in these things. Whatever is praiseworthy, excellent, right, and true, pure, lovely, admirable, and noble.
Think on these things. And then actively engage in things that are flavored by them. Keep doing that. And when your mind wanders, call it back. Focus your energies, affections, attention on what is good and God-honoring. Remember that in Christ you have been bought with precious blood. Your life depends on God not you. You will be flooded with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. You will rejoice. You will have joy. You will have a sense of purpose and meaningfulness.
When times get tough and people don’t buy it, you will find the strength to continue on, only in Christ. When you fall, get up and dust yourself off and continue on. No condemnation. You’ve been reoriented. Remade. Renewed. Jesus loves you. Keeps you. Grows you. Uses you for His glory. Set your mind on that. This is your life. From here on out. So get used to it.
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