Abundant Living in Your Thinking: Victory over Stinking Thinking
Living in the Holy Spirit
One of the growing struggles plaguing the Body of Christ, appears to be centered in its all-out attack against the mind, specifically, our thinking. Too often, these attacks are camouflaging the real problem, thus triggering the victim to focus too heavily on the symptoms rather than the root problem. This quickly leads to more negative thinking because the real problem is not being addressed. For instance, depression, loss of joy, impatience, addiction to food, drugs, and loss of energy may actually be symptoms brought on by stress, guilt, condemnation, unforgiving, or bitterness. So, if you only treat the symptoms, you will never experience the victory over the real problem.
In this passage, Paul lays a strong and impenetrable foundation to the true reality of who we are in Christ. This must drive our thinking and living and not the emotions of the surrounding circumstances. No wonder the Psalmist reasoned, “Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise against me, yet I will be confident” ().
I. The certainty of position apart from the law –
II. The contrast of passions affirmed by the Spirit –
III. The character of power applied by the Spirit –
1. The believer possess two choices to determine their standing; the emotional feeling or the declaration of God. That choice determines behavior.
2. The believer possesses two choices to determine their thinking; driven by the flesh, or driven by the Holy Spirit. That choice determines emotions.
3. The believer possesses two choices to determine their confidence for living: the flesh or the Spirit’s resurrection power. That choice reflects the object of faith.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
Life in the Spirit
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.