Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: The Renewed Mind

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Rom 8:7-8

the sinful mind f is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

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Because we were all born with a sinful nature, it is only natural for our minds to be sinful and walk contrary to the way of God.

The sinful man is the natural product of the unregenerated man; the man who is not yet born again. This mind cannot please God.

The renewed mind is a product of a regenerated spirit that God has given everyone who is truly born again. This comes to be when such a one choses to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. Walking in the flesh also means letting your feelings dictate your actions in life. We see in Rom 12:2 that we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds this simply put says that you need to change the way you think. Stop a self centered thought pattern and begin to think the way God wants. The following are highlights of this new style of thinking:

Rom 12:9-13:1

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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