Monday, February 13, 2017

To Be Spiritually Minded

UV 2198/10000 To Be Spiritually Minded
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8 v 6

Those whose minds are controlled by the flesh have set their minds on what the flesh desires. They sow in the flesh and reap strife or eternal death and its consequences. To be carnally minded yields pleasure and benefits in the short run but in the long run and in the eternal run, it is harmful to our souls, our entire being. Those whose minds are controlled by the Spirit of God set their minds on what God desires. Their lives will be overflowing with eternal and abundant life and with a river of peace flowing from their hearts. The Spirit controls and directs all that they think, speak and do. They think thoughts of peace, speak words of peace and do acts of peace. Having found peace with God through Jesus, the same peace overflows into all aspects of their lives. They have the peace that the world cannot give and the world cannot take away. It is a comprehensive peace though not comprehensible. It is a holistic peace, not compartmentalised to certain areas of our lives. They have peace of mind, spirit and body.

Personality is the quality of the mind of a person. Normal management education or training does not impact the quality of the mind of a person. The manger leader or manager is spiritually minded. He sets his love upon the name and person of Jesus. To be spiritually minded is to develop a mind like Jesus. Jesus is his Saviour, mentor, leader, shepherd, teacher, guide and model. The manger leader or manager sows in the spirit and reaps in the spirit the fruit of the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. These fruit are found in seed form in the Word. The manger leader or manager makes himself willingly and enthusiastically subject to the law of God- the Word. As he intakes of the Word, the seed begin to cast deeper and deeper roots in his spirit and mind and influences all that he does in this world. As he obeys the Spirit of God, he enjoys a life of righteousness, peace and joy.

When we are controlled by the Holy Spirit, we are putting to death the evil desires of our flesh that provoke us to disobey the Lord. These desires are at work in the natural man in all the members of his body. By continually chipping away at these desires, the Holy Spirit sanctifies the various parts and members of our bodies. We become pleasing and acceptable to the Lord. Earlier, we in our ignorance of the ways and word of God, used to resist the Spirit of God and yield to the enemy of our souls. The mere suggestion of the enemy was our command. Now, we have the power from above and within to resist the enemy and yield to the Lord. As we increasingly yield our intellects, our emotions, our wills to the Lord, we will increase in our yield of eternal life and peace.

Prateep V Philip

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