What Controls Your Mind?
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.Romans 8:5
How can our minds always be set on what the Spirit desires while we are living in this physical world? God created us to interact with the world through the Holy Spirit, and for Him to guide us in our thoughts and filter information from the world. This may sound impossible, but it is how God designed us to think and live.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). If the world controls our thoughts, words, and emotions, then we are in bondage to the world. If we interact with the world through the Spirit, then we are in control of our thoughts, words, and emotions. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). This verse tells us to take time to think, and to seek Spiritual guidance before responding to the world.
If we are to be in control through the power of the Holy Spirit, then our emotions must work for us and not against us. Satan attacks through our emotions and he wants us to respond without thinking. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). We absolutely have the power of self-control to stop, think, and respond with Godly wisdom. If we have little or no self-control, then we are definitely in bondage to the world.
God gives us self control through the Holy Spirit; the more we know the Word, the more we commune with the Lord, and the more we are able to respond in accordance to the Spirit. If we train ourselves to be quick to listen and slow to speak, it will help with self-control. Over time it becomes possible to control our emotions as we gain more control of our thoughts.
We all seek to be free, but if the world controls our thoughts and emotions then we are in bondage to the world. God has given us the ability to control our thoughts and emotions, enabling our minds to be renewed to conform to his Son. As we become more Christ-like, we gain more control of our thoughts and we are no longer in bondage to things of the world. Secure and confident living are possible through self-control, and this reinforces the knowledge that in Jesus we have eternal life and nothing can separate us from the love and blessings of God.
Today seek to be in control of your thoughts, words, and emotions through the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit be the filter between your soul and the world. Live today free in Christ.
Let’s Pray: Lord, please help me to control my thoughts, words, and emotions through the Holy Spirit. Guide me to live freely in Christ today and to never be in bondage to the world. In Jesus name, Amen