I was reading Romans 8 just now and verses 6-7 reminded me of something. It says…
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.” (Romans 8:6-7 NLT)
The key words that jumped out at me today are letting and mind.
Letting the sinful nature control the mind leads to death. Letting the Spirit control the mind leads to life and peace.
Letting is about allowing something to happen, to give permission, or to allow to take up residence according to the dictionary.
All of these definitions talk about a choice. A choice that is made in the mind.
Romans 8 reminded me just how important it is to have your mind tuned in to the Spirit rather than the flesh.
Let us purpose in our hearts to let our minds be controlled by the Spirit today and be led towards life and peace today.
One of the things I enjoy doing is organising and administering things. It is something that comes naturally to me. I seem to be able to work in a job for a while and then see better ways of doing it or making things run smoothly.
Today I was researching the Biblical gift of administration and I came across this definition…
“The Greek word for the spiritual gift of administration is Kubernesis. This is a unique term that refers to a shipmaster or captain. The literal meaning is “to steer,” or “to rule or govern.” It carries the idea of someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination. We see variations of this word in verses like Acts 27:11, and Revelation 18:17.
With this gift the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church. This gift is closely related to the gift of Leadership, but is more goal or task oriented and is also more concerned with details and organization.
See also I Corinthians 12:28, Titus 1:4-5.”
The gift of administration may not be a glamorous gift like the gift of healing or prophecy, but it is pretty cool in its own way. It certainly makes organising things a whole lot easier.
I was reading Isaiah 29 this morning and I came to verse 13. It talks about people’s hearts being far from God. It says…
“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are Mine. They honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. And their worship of Me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”
That sounds like a terrible place to be. Praising God with your lips, but your heart is not in it. It sounds like things had become habitual when it used the word rote.
It is interesting that Jesus quoted this passage when he was talking about the Pharisees in Matthew 15:7-9 more than 700 years later.
I never want my relationship with God to be rote like the people in Isaiah’s and Jesus’ days. I never want to praise God with my lips when my heart is not in it. And God doesn’t want that either.
As Christians it is vitally important to keep our relationship with God as first place in our lives. We can’t let the busyness of life drag us away from our daily walk with the Lord.
I have been thinking about living the Christian life in 2015 and what it is going to look like for my family and I. I decided to write a list of Bible verses/passages that would help shape 2015.
Today I thought I would share them with you…
Mark 12:30-31 – And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
Colossians 3:1-2 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
To summarise – Love God and your neighbour, run your own race, let your light shine, trust God and seek His will, and set your mind on the eternal realities of God and heaven.
The verse of the day today on the Youversion Bible app is Matthew 6:3-4.
It says, “But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Secret giving is what I call this. Doing nice things or giving to bless people without getting anything back.
It is often easier to give when we know we will get something in return. It might be recognition, praise or open doors.
Giving secretly is more fun. You help and bless others, but only you and God know about it.
I wonder if there is someone you can bless today and you can do in private? Something that is just between you and God?