“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the mind. The mind is a powerful thing. In the mind begins our thoughts. From our thoughts flow our words and deeds. Romans 8:6 tells us that if our mind is governed, or controlled, by our flesh (our emotions, desires, intellect, etc.) the result is death. If there is death in our mind, then there will also be death in our words and actions. Imagine, if you will, the way that the flu spreads from one human being to another. We cannot see the flu-bug. It is invisible. What starts as a sickness in one human being can easily be passed to others through touch, through sneezing or coughing, etc. The same thing can happen with sin. If we are living our lives in accordance with our fleshly desires, we are operating out of sin. From that place, we can speak the ugliness of sin into the lives of others around us. Ever find yourself yelling at someone or losing your patience with someone because of the state of mind you are in? Our tongues have the power to speak life or death into any situation. That life or death that we speak starts in the mind. The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. If we want to speak life into the world, we must first begin with our mind. In accordance with Romans 12:1-3, we must allow our minds to be transformed by the renewing of the word. In order to have a mind that is controlled by the Spirit, we must spend time in His presence. We must allow the goodness of God to soak into the soil of our hearts through the Living Water of His Word. Only then will we be able to have a mind of life and peace.
Prayer: Lord, I love you and your Word so much! I pray that I will daily come to you and sit with you, allowing your presence to fill me to overflowing. I pray for a mind that is controlled by you, Lord, and not by my flesh. I pray this in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Amen.