One of the biggest obstacles that we face as Christians is the realization that we cannot continue to live in the same frame of mind as was taught, witnessed, seen, learned, etc. In order to grow as Christians, we must renew our minds. The things that our elders and ancestors have said, have done, or have thought are not things that we are to continue saying, doing, or thinking simply because that is what they chose. These are generational curses and traditions of men; carnal ways and traditions which became the norm in families and cultures passed on generation to generation.
The Apostle Paul talks about this in Romans 12: 1-3. He states that, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God; which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that which is that good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” In order to renew our minds, we must be sure to avoid conforming to these generational curses and traditions in order to be transformed into holiness with new creation righteousness; a new creature with a new nature. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Although he knew no sin, he became sin that we may be made righteous in Him. Righteousness is our free gift, but holiness is what we strive to perfect.
We can accomplish this through the renewing of our minds; a growing process. We are Christians under construction. We are constantly growing and learning with each trial and tribulation; which is an opportunity to exercise that holiness with new creation righteous. It is just like learning a new craft or trade. The more that you exercise it, the better that you become at it and the more you grow in it. You begin to make a transition from a “carnal mindset” to a “spirit-led mindset.”
As we experience these trials and tribulations, Satan will get in your ear; speaking those lies and pushing you into a life of sinful and wicked deeds and ways. He wants you to react through what is evil. However, you don’t have to accept his evil thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Remember that the devil uses people; placing them in a snare with the assignment of bringing you and/or your offender down. We don’t wrestle against flesh, but against demonic spirits, principalities, and wickedness in high places. That person who offended you is not in control, but being used by a demonic spirit. Do not succumb to what Satan is trying to do. Instead, change your mindset to one that is “spirit-led.” Tell the devil that you rebuke him in name of the Lord Jesus and focus on WWJD: What Would Jesus Do. If it will cause any type of strife, hurt, hate, anger, discomfort, displeasure, or conflict, it is not of God. Turn it off from your mind like flicking a light switch from “on” to “off,” to escape from that mindset that is “carnal.” Remember, we don’t have to speak, act, or think like our elders and ancestors have in the past or according to what he have seen or heard growing up. We can choose to speak, act, and think differently; as God would have us to do.
How do you get started? It is great that you asked! Remember the mnemonic: T.A.S.K.
- T = Take heed to thyself. Proverbs 2:10.
- A = Act wisely. Proverbs 18:25.
- S = Speak well and not of evil. Philipians 4:8
- K = Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:19-22.
Take heed to thyself (T). Proverbs 2:10-11 states, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee…” To have discretion means that you act and speak in such a way that does not offend. In having discretion, you do take heed to yourself. You are mindful of how you act and speak with a focus on the avoidance of offending someone. This is a “spirit-led” mindset; avoiding that which is carnal.
Act wisely (A). Psalms 18:25 states, “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.” We show mercy when we take the back seat, act as the peacemaker, allow someone to think they are right, or anything that stops evil in its tracks. Every thing doesn’t require a response or action. It is okay to ignore things. It is okay let people think they are right. It is okay to let people think that they “win” or have some type of upper hand. In doing so, you deem yourself merciful and upright. Great is your reward in heaven. You have the true victory.
Speak well and not of evil (S). Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” This is the basis of being “spirit-led.” You strive to focus on those things that are positive and of virtue. In doing so, you don’t give in to that which is ungodly or evil. You set your mind upon that which is holy and good.
Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit (K). Galatians 5:19-23 states, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” The works of the flesh are all ungodly things. If you focus on being spirit-led and recognize these works for what they are, you will understand and set your mind on the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
You are sure to transform to holiness and become a new creature in righteousness with a renewed mind by exercising these four principles. Will you ever slip up, backslide, and do something carnal? Sure. It is work in progress. Remember, you are a Christian under construction; building yourself up in your most Holy Faith. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Keep growing; persevering in your faith in the name of Jesus!
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