PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mind ControlTim Savage
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8
There are so many important lessons in both Proverbs and Romans this morning, but I was particularly struck by Romans 8:5-6. Sometimes I think that I can’t control what goes through my mind – good, bad, fleeting or lingering, but this passage reminds me that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can control the sinful nature of my thoughts and I can also control the amount of time I spend thinking about it. I must ask the Holy Spirit for His strength and self-control because my fleshly nature is strong and my mind is weak.
Part of the problem is the length of time I sometimes allow myself to wallow in the inappropriate thought, so when something pops in to my head I must immediately recognize the attack and zap it from my mind. Believe it or not this works! With the help of the Holy Spirit I can replace those thoughts with something pleasing to Him. He answers prayer. The catch is that I have to want to change; I have to earnestly desire to be more like Him because, honestly, sometimes I enjoy the sin. Sin will result in death so I have to also ask for the desire to change; to change me in a way that sets my heart on Him, so that I’m no longer a slave to my selfish desires, but I serve Him and His will for me. I’m inspired and thankful for the second passage Romans 8:38-39 because although I am convinced to try to change and lead a sinless life, I will fall from time to time and these verses remind me that nothing, not even my behavior, deeds or actions will keep me from God and His love. My responsibility is to try to live according to his hopes and expectations for me, but in the end nothing will ever separate me from Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your love. Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, sent to help us here on earth. Please continue to develop in me the ability to live the life You want from me and forgive me when I fall. I love and adore You Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen