“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
So often in the bible, there are passages that say if you do this or that then you will reap the repercussions of your bad choices. Alternatively if you live according to the Spirit then you will be blessed in this way or that. Interestingly today’s passage is one of those examples.
As discussed yesterday the way to transform holy living is by the renewing of our minds. However, today’s passage highlights an even greater truth, in that if we keep letting our sinful nature control our minds, then it will lead to death. This death is a spiritual death. An evil thought, although still harmful can almost be harmless if not acted upon. However that evil thought not dealt with only leads to death if we let it stay in our minds. It is a strong reminder that sinful thoughts not dealt with have severe consequences.
However, this verse does not end on a negative note. We can take encouragement in knowing that when we let the Holy Spirit control our minds (total submission), the benefits are a life of peace and joy. Jesus said He came to bring life and life in its fullness. If so, then by having a clean and pure mind, we can live life to its fullness. That is a promise. But we need to do our part too.
This is a great verse to memorise, so that when you feel tempted by thoughts contrary to Godly living, you can quote and remind yourself that pondering, dwelling on and meditating upon them will lead to death but rebuking and replacing with Spiritual thoughts leads to life and peace.
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I was recently having a conversation with someone about the necessity as a chef to keep ones kitchen and working sections in a clean and orderly fashion. I explained that as soon as you start working in a mess, immediately you fall behind with your work, your mind starts to get clogged up, you start panicking and lo and behold, you have a pile of orders queuing up with customers waiting for their meals. The most important thing to do is to keep your section as clean as possible. As a chef I once worked with said, ‘a clean ship is a happy ship’.
The same is with our minds. The writer of Romans wisely says that our mind is the key to living a life contrary to how the world expects us to live. Without a doubt our minds dictate our lifestyles. When we think bad and sinful thoughts, it is not long after that we find ourselves living it out in the flesh. In order to live a holy life, we must first ask God to purify our hearts and MINDS. It is only then that we are able to live as God wants and intended us to. However how can we control what goes into our mind?
We can protect our mind by taking authority from firstly what goes into it and secondly what stays there. If we know we are tempted by certain thoughts and desires then we should do our best to avoid putting ourselves in situations whereby we may be tempted. Moreover, when thoughts do come into our minds, we should not dwell on and entertain them, but simply rebuke them in the authority Jesus gave us and fill your minds with the word of God.
Let us be honest with ourselves, analyse what we are feeding our minds and take authority in cleaning it out, “Then you will learn God’s will for your life….!”