Harmony With The Flesh…..

For setting the mind on the flesh means death, but setting the mind on the spirit means life and peace; because setting the mind on the flesh means enmity with God, for it is not in subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. 
So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God.
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To break free from bondage to wrong inclinations, it is vital that we have the help of God’s spirit, for Paul wrote: “The minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace.” What does it mean to mind the spirit?

When Paul wrote about “the minding of the spirit,” he used a Greek word that denotes “way of thinking, mind-set, aim, aspiration, striving.” A related verb means “to think, to be minded in a certain way.” Thus, minding the spirit means being controlled, dominated, and impelled by Jehovah’s active force. It signifies that we willingly let our thinking, inclinations, and aspirations come under the complete influence of God’s holy spirit.

The degree to which we should submit to the influence of the holy spirit was emphasized by Paul when he spoke of being ‘slaves by the spirit.’ 
On the basis of their faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, Christians have been liberated from domination by sin and have thus “died” to their former situation as its slaves. 
Those figuratively dead in such a way are still alive physically and are now free to follow Christ as “slaves to righteousness.”

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~ by DJ Camstar on 10/04/2016.

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