Our mind really does matter. If you are like me, there is a constant battle taking place in my mind – and the battle is a spiritual one. Media floods my minds – books, music, television and social media. All things we let into our minds through our gates: Our eyes, ears, nose, hands and even our mouth. We are constantly consuming – and infiltrating our brains with something. This week, through our study over at Good Morning Girls , we have studied being intentionally focused on our mind.
It was because of this study that I took a small Facebook break. I didn’t cut it completely – but I was not on as much as I normally am. I didn’t even post my SOAP’s online (although I made sure the photos were posted!) I wanted to focus my mind and be intentional on the things of the Spirit and not the things of the World. To be honest, Facebook can often take my mind from being focused on God and place it in an area of discontentment, discouragement, or if nothing else, keep me from spending time with Jesus.
On Monday, we read Romans 8:1-6, we our focus being on verse 6.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (ESV)
Without Jesus- we would have no hope! Thank goodness that for those of us who know Him, and have surrendered our lives to Him, that there is no condemnation! He has set us free! Christ dwells within me, and so I have freedom and power in that! Paul divides us into two categories in this passage: those who live in the Spirit and those who live after the flesh. When we are living in the Spirit, we are living the abundant life that Christ would have us to live, and we can live in peace! Without Christ, we would all be in the first group, living life after the ways of the flesh. Yet, because of Christ, we can live FREE! We need to be intentional about walking in the Spirit and setting our minds on the things of God. This might require you to kick some things out of your life – music, television, and yes, maybe even social media. Maybe it is not to kick it completely, but to guard yourself. A practical way to do this is to do a screen time log, just like you would do with your children. We monitor their screen time for a reason. Just because someone isn’t TELLING you to monitor yours, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to happen. Just think – you will be a great example to your kids!
On Tuesday, we read Romans 12:1-2.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Renewing our mind comes each and every day. Just like we shouldn’t take a physical bath once a week – we should bathe our minds in the renewing waters of the Word of God each day. This requires sacrifice. It might mean getting up early or staying up late. It might mean cutting out a favorite show – or like it was for me – cutting out time on Facebook. Our mind is filthy each day because of the world we live in. We need to give it a bath, and feed it with the bread of Life so that it might be clean and strong.
On Wednesday, we read Philippians 4:8. Image credit goes to Good Morning Girls.
Here are my thoughts on the verse in a short video.
On Thursday, we read 2 Corinthians 10:1-5, focusing on verse 5.
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
I love that. Take every thought captive. Don’t let a thought leave your mind – or don’t entertain a thought in your mind, that you do not take captive and filter it through God’s Word. Our weapons are not fleshly! They are spiritual! We can take down the strongholds in our lives by DAILY living in the Word of God! Every. Single. Day. Run every opinion, idea and argument through the TRUTH of God’s Holy Scriptures. There, you will find strength, and you will be able live in victory.
We finished up the week with Colossians 3:1-3.
Ladies, when our minds are set where they need to be, when they are set on things above- and who is above- Jesus Christ, we will be focused on the right things. Not about the petty thing “Sally” says about us, or what anyone else thinks about us. Not on where society says we need to be, or how we need to act. We will be focused on God, and His Word, and the reaching others to for His Kingdom. We will be focused on Jesus. We will be focused on Worship.
Our mind really does matter. What we place before it, and allow in it, matters. We need to be intentional about our minds….because the battle rages there…. and because the battle can be won there.
Worshiping with my life,