Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spiritually Minded

Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
John 13:8-9
Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" NKJV
2 Corinthians 5:5
"Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee."

Revelation 3:17New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

Romans 8:6New King James Version (NKJV)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Note: here I am showing you the NIV as well so you can understand more fully what is meant in this verse.

Romans 8:6 New International Version (NIV)

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Galatians 6:1New King James Version (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Note: here again I am showing you the comparison.

 Galatians 6:1 New International Version (NIV)

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

Matthew 12:18New International Version (NIV)

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Ezekiel 36:27New King James Version (NKJV)

27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Luke 9:55-56New King James Version (NKJV)

55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. And they went to another village.

John 4:24New King James Version (NKJV)

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 14:16-17New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Romans 8:9-16New King James Version (NKJV)

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Note: I am including the NIV as well as it shows what is meant by the Sonship. Of which we are when we accept Jesus as our savior.

Romans 8:9-16New International Version (NIV)

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[b] his Spirit who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Note: Romans 8:15 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture
My Comments: When Christ calls us out of the world, out of the way we are living to a new life, He is calling us to be more than we ever imagined. Not only does He remove our sin by taking it on Himself, He is making it so God the Father our Living God can and will adopt us as His Children and will fill us with His Spirit. If we realize this we can go spiritually with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Many want to think they are spiritually minded. One comment I hear often is, “I’m a spiritual person.” Many are filled with evil deceiving spirits that will lead them down the path to perdition and death. They fool themselves into believing because they do certain things or do not do certain things that they are good people and are “spiritual” yet nothing could be further from the truth.
Christ came to give life everlasting and more abundantly to those who would accept Him as their savior and follow His Commands. Love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself because on these two hang all the Law and the Prophets. These are His Commands and they are an easy yolk for those who truly accept Him as King. Then when one is His Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to fill them and that is being spiritually minded because one is filled mind, body and soul with the Holy Spirit the teacher.
He teaches us how to live by faith and in the truth. He fills us with the wisdom from above and gives us knowledge of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He guides us in all righteousness and opens our heart to the love of God so we can give that love freely to others. Being spiritually minded is being one with God. One can only be one with God the Father by accepting His Son Jesus and then being filled with the Holy Spirit. Other “religions” have a false spirituality that leads them away from the one true God. It is all about a relationship with God and we have one when we are truly His through His Son.
When we come to Jesus, confess our sin and accept His free gift of the sacrifice on the Cross to save us then our lives change. They change because of His Spirit living in us. Yet there are times when we stumble and even fall and some start to walk away from Him. When a Brother or Sister is starting down the wrong road we gently and with much love, not judgment, bring them back to the truth and to what they had when they accepted the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice and love. The Spirit will guide you. But it is not for us to lead others to Christ other than we give them the Gospel and it us up to them if they want the righteousness of Christ Jesus and the Spirit of God within them. God only asks us to share the Gospel of Jesus. Then the person decides on whether they accept the gift or reject it. The Spirit within us will guide us and we will share and love. We can do not more than our Lord who never forces anyone to accept His gift.
Abba Father, open eyes, bend necks, and pierce hearts so the scales with fall away and truth with be heard in stopped ears. May hearts call out to You and may many accept Your Sons sacrifice and be Born Again so they may be Yours and filled with the Holy Spirit of life., and truly know a life that is spiritually minded because it is Yours.
In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.


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