Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8 : 6
LISTEN: What does it mean to be spiritually minded? It means to have the mind set on spiritual things : to be filled with holy desires and purposes : to have one’s interest, attention and affection centered on things of God. It means to be consumed by the desire to please God; and to be satisfied with nothing less than the perfect will of God. Beloved, be careful! Because anything that can take your attention can equally take the best of you. Therefore, you must watch anything that must take your attention and time, lest you give your attention and time to the wrong thing or person. Mind where your affection, interest and desire lies, because it will determine where your heart will be. (Matthew 6 : 21). Your heart is the center of all activities of life. (Proverbs 4 : 23). So, if you refuse to guard against what goes into your heart, then you will watch helplessly the ruin of your life. Your heart is precious. When you guard it you would have saved your life. However, there is no better way to guard your heart than to learn to be spiritually minded.
Beloved, God’s word is clear on the consequences of living a carnally minded life, and the reward for living a spiritually minded life. The Bible says, For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8 : 6). What does it mean to be carnally minded? It means to cater to the appetites and impulses of one’s human nature which is displeasing to God. It is thinking and doing what is right in one’s own eyes at the expense of God. It means to be facts minded, sense ruled, emotions driven and controlled by sin, demons, and natural circumstances and results in what you can naturally expect. Beloved, to be carnally minded is to have a mindset that is contrary to God and His Word; His will for your life and His plan in any situation. Truly, with the carnal mindset the Word of God does not make sense, as a result, in time of trouble people tend to focus on the facts of their problems and end up being victims and never victors. Carnality breeds death and should be avoided. (Romans 6 : 23). But spiritual mindset brings joy, peace and life. Because God is pleased with the spiritually minded person, his or her life cannot be eternally destroyed.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to live a spiritually minded life and your life will not be ruined.
2. Pursue God’s will for your life and His plan in any situation.
3. Your heart is precious, therefore guard it with all you have.
4. Shun carnal mindset and embrace spiritual mindset for your own good.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, you are good, holy and righteous. Help me to be holy and good, and to represent you anywhere I go, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, watch what you give your attention to, because anything that can take your attention can equally take the best of you.
Daily Reflection: There is no better way to protect and guard your heart against deception and satanic manipulations than to learn to be spiritually minded.
Daily Quote: When a life is filled with holy desires, purposes, affections and the decision to be satisfied with nothing less than the perfect will of God; heaven can then invest there.
Today In History: October 22, 1797 . The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.
SAY THIS: By the power in the name of Jesus Christ, I declare today that I am saved from the power of sin and Satan. I break the stronghold of evil over my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your life bring glory to God. I command the yoke of carnality and sin broken in your life. You are not a victim, but a victor, in Jesus’ name, amen.