Live By The Spirit

Today’s Daily Devotion – October 8 2022

By Khai Samante

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. — Romans 8:5

In Romans 8, we see a difference between people who live by the body and those who live by the Spirit. We have a decision, and both possibilities lead down two separate roads. Which of the two we choose will determine whether or not we demonstrate God’s righteousness. Where we put our minds will make a difference.

What have you been contemplating all day? The Bible says people who follow their flesh are controlled by their flesh. Constantly wanting things that reflect our fallen, sinful human nature is referred to as “setting the mind on the flesh.” According to Ray Stedman, the mindset of the person who loves according to the flesh only looks at the natural viewpoint of life. They set their mind on the desires of flesh. They are hostile to God—does not submit to the law of God and cannot please God. And this kind of life leads to death.

Paul says who live in accordance with the Spirit has their minds set on what the Spirit desires. What does it mean to have your mind set on the Spirit? It means that our primary mission is how to live a life that brings glory to God. In the midst of making money or gaining fame, we desire to show love and to help others, to always speak in truth, and to lead others to seek God. Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Lord, help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

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