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10/21/2007 ~ Mindset on Higher Things


... those who are in the flesh cannot please God. ~ Romans 8:6-8


MIND ~ FLESH


MIND ~ SPIRIT
    Hostile to God
    Desires to be with God
    Death
    Life and Peace
    Resists Submission
    Wants to be in Submission    
    Seeks Things Below    
    Seeks Things Above
    Exposed to Danger     Hidden in Christ

... For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. ...
~ Colossians 3:1-5


Are we appealing to the flesh or spirit?

... who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their
senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:12.14


As Christians, we have to exercise control over our minds.

CHOOSE

... wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing
to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality ... ~ James 3:13-17


The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell below. ~ Proverbs 15:24


We can set our minds on those things above or below.

The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, ... ~ Proverbs 14:14

With a constant bombardment of fleshly media frenzies,
How can Christians and their families remain strong?


I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
~ Galatians 5:16


A developing Christian undergoes much more temptations
or torments because they are aware of Godís word.


... fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect
in love. ... ~ 1st John 4:17-19


It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
~ Hebrews 10:31


... why has your countenance fallen? ... ~ Genesis 4:6-7

One must choose God over the pleasures of man to be sure.

... and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. ~ Romans 13:12-14

Much of who we are is in what we value and invest our time in.

"... For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." ~ Luke 6:45

We can find strength or weakness through what we subject ourselves to.
~
Through choices made in Repetition and Rehearsal,
Strong Emotions are embedded building permanent memories.
It is where our strong emotions lie that we will become who we will be.
Are you for God or the world?


... "You are from beneath; I am from above. ... ~ John 8:23

Is it God whom you depend or the world?

... You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants
who walk before You with all their hearts. ~ 1st Kings 8:22-23


True Christians open their souls to God's will.

... as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts
which war against the soul, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:11-12


Our faith is in what God has promised.

... promises, ... afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed
that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. ~ Hebrews 11:13


... the world is passing away, and the lust of it;
but he who does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1st John 2:15-17


We should embrace fellow Christians in the word of God.

... test the spirits, whether they are of God; ... ~ 1st John 4:1

BELOW OR ABOVE?

To love God is to be free of this world.



 

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