What is Your Mind Set On? ~ Sunday Devotional
“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 (NIV)
What are you thinking about right now?
What were you thinking about half an hour ago?
What’s been consuming your thoughts the last few days, weeks, months even?
If you paused to take inventory of what was on your mind over the last 24 hours, what would you tell me? What took up most of the space in your thoughts?
If you asked me these questions even 10 years ago, I would have had to admit that my mind was focused on what my body looked like and ways to manipulate it to become smaller.
That’s sad to admit given that I’ve been a wife for 20 years, a stepmother for the same amount of time, and a mother for 17 years. And that’s not to mention other roles like counselor, volunteer, friend, etc.
My point is that way too much of my thought life has been spent on desires of the flesh.
While God had a life designed for me to love and serve others with the gifts and talents He entrusted to me, I was thinking about myself.
That which occupies our minds indicates if we’re more interested in pleasing our flesh or obeying the Spirit who lives in us.
If you find yourself spending more time thinking on things that aren’t in line with the kind of life you want, prioritize daily time in God’s Word.
The best way to set your mind on things of the Spirit is to regularly set aside quiet time to read the Bible and pray. It doesn’t have to be long and involved, but to change the way you think, you must change what you consume.
Post some verses around your workspace or set reminders on your phone with a Bible verse. If your mind drifts from things you’d prefer, these prompts will bring your mind back to where you want it to be.
Just as I’ve been teaching the women in #moderation365 to practice the pause when it comes to making a decision about what food she’ll consume so I’m asking you (and myself) to practice the pause to check in with our thoughts.
Think about what you’re thinking about.