For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God.
Living according to the desires of the flesh takes you away from establishing your relationship with God. It clouds you with worldly wants and fills you with anxiety. It complicates what is simple.
You no longer see or hear what God is giving you. You are too caught up in the material world to even think about your spirituality.
Clear the way. Think about the Spirit, think about God and your relationship with God. Think about being righteous and the Holy Spirit coming upon you.
Actually I believe the Holy Spirit has always been upon you from the start. We allow the flesh to push it away and hide it where we cannot see it. All the problems, wants and desires of the flesh blind us from seeing what is right before our eyes.
Seek to live the righteous life and the spirit will become known to you again. You will see your relationship with God. This will become the focus of your life and the rest will fall into place.
This endeavor is not one day it’s hidden, the next day you are filled with the Holy Spirit and suddenly life just falls into place. No, it’s a lifetime of work to gradually see what has been there from the day you were born.
The Holy Spirit is your relationship with God.
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