Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Day One: Get Your Mind Right

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6

According to Nursing Assistant Central, “A world champion memorizer, Ben Pridmore memorized 96 historical events in 5 minutes and memorized a single, shuffled deck of cards in 26.28 seconds.”  The mind is a very powerful organ in the human body.

We are in Day One of our Mission Trip on San Andres Island.  Maybe you are thinking about loved ones back home or you are thinking about the laundry you forgot to wash.  These aren’t bad things, but they can hinder your service.  

Our thoughts will either help or hurt our service unto the Lord; not just today, but in the future too.  According to scripture, our mind set on the flesh equals death.  We need to begin to learn how to take our thoughts captive.  We need to surrender our thoughts to the Holy Spirit.  
How do we surrender our thoughts to the Holy Spirit?  Die to self.  Die to flesh.  

When we believe in Christ, we are made anew in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  Part of the transformation of following Christ includes being made anew in Him.  In Ephesians we are encouraged put off the old self, the flesh, and put on the new.  I have to put off Jeremy’s desire and put on Christ’s desire.  He calls us to love Him with all that we are (including our mind) and love others.

When we decide this morning to allow Christ to rule and not our flesh, than we will have life and peace.  This is what we want to share with all those we come in contact with.  We have two choices: flesh - the old self or in Christ - life and peace.

Where will you allow your mind to be today?  Will you effectively convey love, life and peace? Or death?  

May we go would and accurately share the love of Christ today, by reflecting Him.

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