Sunday 15 September 2013

Romans 8:5-8 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh can’t please God.”

The greatest area of battle concerning the things of God happens most often in the space between our two ears!  In chapter seven of Romans Paul wrote that he could see at work within his inner man, the power (law) of God.  And this was a subject of joy for him.  But in his flesh he saw at work the power (law) of sin.  The area of battle between the inner man and the flesh is the realm of our soul: our mind, our will and our emotions.

Chapter eight begins by describing how Jesus did for us what we could not have done ourselves because of the weakness of our flesh.  But now that we are in Christ, the battle rages on.  And it is a battle that we can, and must, win.

When your mind is constantly fixed on the flesh, what it needs and what it wants, you will never enter into the true power of the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  If your thoughts are controlled by the hurts and the lusts of the flesh, you will often find yourself working against God.

For the next several days we will be talking about how to cleanse your soul from the toxic garbage that has built up over the years.  It is essential to purify the area of your soul, because everything in your life is controlled by your soul: mind, will and emotions.  If your soul is healthy, then the rest of your life will demonstrate this health.  However, if your soul is toxic, regardless of how well you worship and pray, that toxicity will come out in your relationships.

Everything you will ever say, feel or do, begins with a thought.  When those thoughts are influenced by God, then everything in your life reflects that.  However, when your thoughts are NOT influenced by God, then that too becomes evident in your relationships.

Decide today that during this second week of the fast, you will allow God to reveal your toxic thoughts and attitudes.  Commit yourself to God’s work of restoring the soul.

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