Anything Born Of The Spirit Has Eternal Wings
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6)
Initially, when we think of having our minds set on what the flesh desires, we think of drinking too much, eating too much, too much TV, or maybe even worse things than these. And that's a correct application to this verse, but it goes beyond choices of excess.
We live according to the flesh when our thoughts replay deeds done in the flesh. Our flesh likes to feed on flesh, gross as that may sound. Our flesh is bent toward the deeds of the flesh. So when we who are in Christ Jesus replay our past sins over and over again, we are actually functioning "in the flesh."
According to the verse above, the mind governed by the flesh leads to death, in this case, death to our dreams, our peace, our joy, our perspective. Living under condemnation even impairs our prayers. If we start out praying from a wrong position of unbelief regarding the basic truth of our identity and position in Christ, our prayers will lack power and influence.
Flesh gives birth to more of the flesh, Spirit gives birth to more of God's Spirit. Anything born of the flesh is destined for death, anything born of the Spirit has eternal wings and flies from this life to the next.
This applies to every area of the believer's life: in our thoughts, our service, our ambitions, and our motives. Even the way we love. If our actions are born out of our fleshly striving, self-preservation, and unbelief, we'll cause more harm than good. But if what we do springs from that abiding place of intimacy with God, life, and peace will abound, in this life and the next.
Kimberly, Cathy & The Leadership Team
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