Submit Your Thought Life
to the Spirit
“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6, NIV84)
The battle for control of our lives is won or lost in our head. Whoever controls our mind ultimately controls us and our behavior. The Apostle John tells us that the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. Therefore, it is all-important that we make sure the Holy Spirit is in control of our thinking and attitudes.
Think for a moment of your mind as a compass needle. It can point in four main directions: CHRIST, being north; WORLD, being west; SELF, being south; and MAN, being east. We always want our needle pointing north! We must make a decision to keep moving in that direction. It will require discipline to focus on the “things above” and to keep our lives hidden in Christ. If we allow our compass to point to the WORLD, SELF, or MAN, we will get lost and fail to carry out the work God has for us.
We are told that the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Paul said that he brought every thought into captive obedience to Christ. Peter told us to pay attention to the Word of God, letting it be a light in a dark world. He also told us to be sober-minded and to set our hope fully on the grace that is to be revealed to us by Jesus Christ.
By faith, have you asked the Holy Spirit to take control of your mind? Are you experiencing his life and peace? In what ways is your thought life helping you fulfill your God-given potential?
KingdomNomics is having
a Spirit-controlled mind.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
(Isaiah 26:3, ESV)