THE MIND SET ON THE SPIRIT

Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:9-11

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.”  (Romans 8:9)

A Christian has his or her mind set on the things of the Spirit because he or she has the Spirit of God living in them.  The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace — “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (v. 6).  When we have a mind set on the Spirit, we draw off the power of the Spirit and we experience true spiritual life and inward peace.

In fact, we actually have Christ living in us — “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  We are able to live for One greater than ourselves.  We can do things we cannot do in our own strength because we have the Spirit of Christ living in us.

Because of the presence of the Spirit in our lives, we have eternal life — “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (v. 10).  The Spirit is the guarantee of our spiritual inheritance — “Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of His glory”  (Ephesians 1:13b,14).   The Spirit within us enables us to live our lives on this earth in a way that brings glory to God.

The mind set on the Spirit also leads to peace.  The Spirit in us produces spiritual fruit — “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control” (Galatians 5:22,23).  Notice that peace is one of the inward fruit produced by the Spirit.  We can experience the peace of Christ even during difficult times because we have the Spirit producing peace deep within us.

The key is to deliberately set our minds on the things of the Spirit.  As we set our minds on the things of the Spirit, we are to yield to the Spirit’s leading and direction.  This is what it means to be filled with the Spirit — “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).  Remember that “to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  It is amazing how much we miss when we fail to set our minds on the things of the Spirit!

O Holy Spirit,  let my mind be set on You today.  Let me be aware of Your presence in my life and let me draw off Your power as I seek to live this day to the honor my Savior.  I am grateful for the fruit You produce in my life.  My desire is to be filled with You today.

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