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Daily Bread - January 12, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 January 2019 13:07
Romans 8:5 - For they who after the flesh are the ones which think fleshly,
but those after the Spirit have a spiritual mindset.

Paul makes it very clear in these verses how a person cannot be on both
sides at the same time (Romans 8:5-9). You are either in the Spirit and
think after the Spirit, or you are imprisoned by another realm. One of the
most clear examples of being in the flesh and thinking after the flesh is
those who have their minds blinded by the god of this world (2 Corinthians
4:4). On the other hand, those who are born of the Spirit and are therefore
in the Spirit have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Does Paul mean
to imply we will have no improper ways of thinking we must confront?
Absolutely not. He makes us aware of the spiritual battle assailing our
thoughts, and directs our attention to the divine power we have been given
to bring every thought into the flow of the knowledge of Christ Jesus (2
Corinthians 10:4-5).

Now that we are born of the Spirit and are given God's divine insight by
His Word as to who and how we are to live, we must think differently about
ourselves (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-24). We can be absolutely certain
God has given us the mindset of the Holy Spirit -which is the way that God
Himself thinks. However, we can make the mistake of giving ourselves over
to a carnal mind, which in fact is an act of violence against God (Romans
8:7; 1 Corinthians 3:3, 2:14). By such fleshly thinking, a born again
person thinks and behaves as one who has not been made a new creature.
Peter also gives us a certain amount of insight into this wrong thinking
through his rash response to the message Jesus gave foretelling His
suffering and death (Matthew 16:21-23). He was talking like a man and
thinking after the wrong mindset.

What each person needs to deal with is the impact of their thinking. The
way you think will determine how you walk with God and how you receive from
Him. Just imagine the difference in your life if you only allowed yourself
to think faith -specifically, the faith that comes from the Word of God!
You would be able to measure it because what you are speaking is what you
are thinking. Consider how often your speech has nothing to do with the
Word of God, which is proof of where you have allowed your heart to wander.
There is no way you are going to be successful with God unless you keep His
Word in your heart and mouth (Joshua 1:8; Romans 10:8; Psalms 1:1-3,
119:9-16). As a man thinks in His heart so is he; and out of the abundance
of the heart the mouth speaks (Proverbs 23:7; Luke 6:45). If you want to
take the limits off of walking with God and receiving from Him, then start
minding the things of the Spirit and only think faith, speak faith, live
faith and walk in faith -for faith is the Word of God in action (Hebrews
4:2, 11:6).

Therefore, give diligence to only think faith, speak faith, live faith, and
do faith!
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