Today's Scripture | Romans 8:5

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.

A great conflict exists in each one of us when our cravings run up against what we actually need. We wrestle with that pain daily.

Spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially – we long to pursue our own paths. Yet, at the same time, we long to do what God asks. Paul said that things he longed to do, he ended up neglecting; the things he did not want to do, he carried through to completion (Romans 7:19-25).

When someone offends us, we can “live according to the flesh” and plot our revenge or we can “live according to the Spirit” and pray for those who harass us. We might be tempted to splurge on ourselves, but God prompts us to help someone in need.

If we are carnally minded and pursue fleshly things, it brings death. We have no hope of pleasing the Lord. However, if we set our minds on Godly things, we enjoy life and peace.

When we crave Him and the things of the Spirit, we get Him. When we long for His will, we receive His joy. When we crave His purpose and plan, we are rewarded with His peace and provision. Let’s set our minds on things above!

A Prayer for You Today...

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Set your mind on the things of the Spirit. Hide your life in Christ so that you may share in His glorious appearing. All praise to Him!