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A Focused Mind

images-15Romans 8:6  To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.

These last few days I have pondered on the dreaded subject of your mind and the torments it can bring, including fear.  Just thinking too much in any given situation can make mountains out of molehills because of conjuring it up in the mind.  The analytical thinker may want to reason on how, when,where, what and whom and it makes no difference when it comes right down to the matter.  Why put yourself through dwelling on a subject for long periods of time without knowing the truth of the matter or if it’s not really important?  I have found out through life experience and through counseling, many times we let our mind race in a direction in falsehood.  From rumors to observation we can come up with some pretty strange conclusions over analizing things too much.  It is best to practice effective communication if it really bothers you to the point of feeling rejected, feelings of fear, worry or doubt.  The Bible tells us that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, or truly fight other people so to speak, but we wrestle against spirits that try to take over our mind.  The enemy wants to consume your mind and your time with things that are opposite of God.  Try to remember at the next time you are feeling overwhelmed in a matter and the negative has become a stronghold on your viewpoint, you can take control over the situation.  Grab a book, focus on something else, talk to someone about it, whatever you do, don’t act on untruths from the mind.  We all could live in a happier life if we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and things with eternal value instead of rooting our nose in someone else business or letting the enemy control our minds.  I don’t have time to be unhappy, sad, worried or depressed!  I vote to focus on my purpose God has called me to do.

 

Deliverance from Bondage in Romans 8

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

 

 

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