"Those who are setting their minds on the flesh cannot please God..To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the things of the Spirit is LIFE & PEACE"~Romans 8:6/8
The footnote in my study bible says this:
"To set the mind on the flesh means to think continually about & constantly desire things that are characteristic of sinful nature."
So i was wondering what 'characteristic of sinful nature' included..hmm...My conclusion- emphasizing & pursuing ANYthing contrary to God's Word. I have found even in the Christian circles & churches i have been a part of, that the attitude is to emphasize & pursue whatever makes us happy, what makes us feel good & what makes life easier for us..
BUT in scripture i find this~And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said this plainly, but Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him But, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever want to find life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? (Mark 8:32-37)
"He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things" (Romans 8:32)
"But if God clothes the grass of the field..will He not much more clothe you?" (Matthew 6:30)
"No one can serve 2 masters for he will hate one & love the other" (Matthew 6:19-24)
"Whoever loves father or mother or son and daughter more than me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:37)
Most women that i know [&know well] struggle with these 4 things.
1. The world exist to serve me..life should be pleasant and only good all the time.
We forget that in the fairy tales it isn't til the end that all is "happily ever after"
2. Feeling the desire for up-to-date clothes..
God has been so kind to have supplied clothes for me & my family the last 3 years.(really for as long as i've lived!) I have had very classy friends give me some clothes that don't fit them anymore..(from LOFT, Banana Republic..good stuff..guys!) Ben & i have paid for 3 items of clothes TOTAL for our 2 boys for 2 years (1 was b/c i didn't pack extra clothes in Nashville). I may not look like i stepped out of a magazine, but I am VERY thankful and feel super blessed!
2. We desire more money [to spend on ourselves, things that make our lives easier]
Contentment is emphasized throughout the Proverbs, plus Philipians 4 gives us no options to be otherwise..
3. We tend to elevate our children over our husbands, and often even over God.
If God had not given me Knox when He did, i would have centered my world (&consequently my husband's world) around Brennan. We would have been a family of 2 [me & Brennan] instead of 4. I was allowing my desire to make him comfortable/at ease/happy/scheduled..come before most everything else. The last year God has spent teaching me about self-denial, about sacrifice, about real love like Jesus. About my "right now" purpose. I am learning what it means to really honor my husband. (that will be my next post..) And i am now teaching, not only myself, but Brennan too, that life is not about what makes us happy..!!!
This is what it means for me 'not to set my mind on the things of the flesh'.
I am not to worry about money (how much or how little we have), clothes, home or other possessions.
i am to serve others and deny myself (ONLY THROUGH CHIRST's work and enablement)
Specifically in the area of serving my husband and children.
What about you?