365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book I wrote that is available in print by contacting me at 843-338-2219 or via lara@GoodNews.love.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5
Before we turn from our sins and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord, surrendering our hearts and lives to Him, committing ourselves utterly to Him, we live only one way. According to our flesh. It’s the only way we know. It’s the only way we can live because we don’t have the Spirit of God to fill us and lead us the way we were created to live.
But once we give ourselves over to the Lord Jesus Christ, fully devoting ourselves to Him, we learn day by day to nail our flesh to the cross, to deny self, to die to self, and to live according to the leading and in the love, strength, mercy, grace, hope, comfort, and power of the Spirit of God who seals Christ’s followers with His “Holy Spirit of promise” and comes to live inside us! We learn to live a whole new way! God’s way for God’s glory! Oh, the blessed glory of the Lord!
And, not only do we learn to live in this whole new way, but we learn day by day to THINK in a whole new way. We learn to FOCUS our hearts and minds ON THE LORD – on “the things of the Spirit.”
There is simply no comparison between going through our days thinking about everything dark, evil, wicked, ugly, dirty, filthy, poisonous, deadly, sinful, negative, depressing, etc. – and thinking about THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and THE BIBLE and EVERYTHING GOOD He wants us to focus on in our thinking – and saying and doing!
Do we do this perfectly? Oh, no! Not at all! But we now have the ability to learn to do so – and the ability to actually do so. And we know to – and must – repent when we fall short! How refreshing, how reviving, how invigorating, how wonderful and lovely to fill our minds now with the Lord, His Word, and with all His goodness, AMEN! Oh, what a blessing, yes! Oh, the blessedness of it all! The blessedness of holy God, almighty Lord, AMEN! And of His ways, yes, thank you Father, AMEN!