Monday, January 20, 2014

WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: Your Spirit and Your Mind

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Rom 8:6

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that v comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].

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Rom 8:6-8

If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. 7 Our desires fight against God, because they do not and cannot obey God's laws. 8 If we follow our desires, we cannot please God.

There is therefore now no reason for you to trust in the arm of flesh to save you but to depend solely on the Holy Spirit who quickens your spirit. This is the reason why you should walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. This means that your work with God is not based on the feelings of your body or your mind but it is based on the feelings of your spirit which is faith.

How then do you differentiate faith from just wishful thinking and the product of your mind. Faith is spiritual and not physical or mental. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, He quickens your spirit and thereby gives your spirit a voice through which it communicates to you in your mind. How then do you distinguish this voice from the voice of your mind?

You will realize that your mind is very active and your thoughts are based on what you know, how you feel, what you want, what you like, what you dislike, where you want to be etc. You will discover that there is one common factor in all the things your mind processes, the common factor is ‘you’. The thoughts of the mind which is inspired by the flesh is all about you, it is all about me, me and how this relates to me or because of me, or because I am involved, or because of how I feel about this. The center and reality of this realm(your mind) is you.

The thoughts of the spirit are quite different. The voice of your regenerated spirit always reflects the mind of the Holy spirit who indwells you. And all this voice says are things that are centered on God. God is the one to feel happy, God is the one to be pleased, God is the one to be heard; in this realm it’s all about God.

By Abraham Arigi Jr

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