"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:6, KJV).
I believe the truth of this verse may speak to a common cause of depression among Christians who allow their minds to dwell on ungodly thoughts and/or over-introspection.
Paul writes: "I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit's instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won't always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.
"For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires" (Galatians 5:16,17).
Our minds are susceptible to the influence of our old sin- nature and, as such, can pose real dangers to us. As soon as we get out of step with the Holy Spirit and get our focus off the Lord, our minds begin to give us trouble.
"The Christian life is really simple," I heard a pastor say recently. "It's simply doing what we're told to do." And he is right. We will be spiritually minded, not carnally minded, if we obey the simple commands of God's Word.
Bible Reading: Romans 8:5-11
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, I will give the spiritual mind priority over the carnal mind in my life.