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A Spirit-controlled mind

21 August 2021
‘The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.’

The Bible says: ‘Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace’ (Romans 8:5-6 NIV). In other words, the Holy Spirit is the presence of God working in our lives. We can either let external influences and circumstances have control over our minds, or we can allow the Holy Spirit to have control. So what would a life with a Spirit-controlled mind look like? Imagine not being so fearful anymore. Imagine facing an angry person with inner poise and resolve. Imagine hearing bad news and coming up with constructive ways to solve the problem rather than spiralling through the worst-case scenarios. Imagine facing rejection and obstacles without giving in to discouragement. Imagine acknowledging the mistakes you’ve made and moving confidently into the future. And imagine doing all this with God as your partner. Imagine people around you coming to you when they’re upset or discouraged because your peace of mind is contagious. That’s part of what God’s called each one of us to do every day. When we bump into people who are stressed and transmitting that stress to others, we’re supposed to be spreaders of peace. Jesus carried peace with Him wherever He went. When the disciples were terrified by the storm, He said to the waves, ‘Peace, be still!’ (Mark 4:39 NKJV), and it happened. Peace doesn’t come from finding a sea with no storms; it comes from knowing Jesus is on the boat, because with Him on board, no storm can take us under.

What Now?

Do you know someone who needs peace at the moment? Offer to pray for them, and if you can, do something practical to help them with their situation.

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