Devotion: Live According to the Spirit

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“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.”
Romans 8:5

Have you been dragged down by life? Does it seem like you’ll never get past where you find yourself right this very moment? Are you at rock bottom? Let me ask you one more question: Is your mind set on things of the Spirit? It’s pretty easy to get weighed down by the struggles of this life to the point where we forget how good and how big our God is. Without even realizing it, we sometimes ignore God’s voice.

We live in a time when all of the things that were designed to make life easier can actually burden us more than if we never had them. What’s more, the promises of modern day conveniences fail to deliver when we have actual problems in life. Deep emotional hurts and pains, addictions, and suffering aren’t helped by having hundreds of cable channels to choose from. There’s no app for that on our smart phones. We can try, but none of those things solve the human problem of brokenness. And if we’re not careful we can be consumed by the things of the world.

But as Christians we’re not called to be consumed by this world. We’re called to be set apart from it. In the world but not of it, if you will. The only way to truly heal is to set aside the burdens of this world for the freedom that Jesus offers. That doesn’t mean we never acknowledge that we have real problems and real pain. It doesn’t mean we forsake the idea of counseling or other human help. It just means we have a different worldview from which we operate. We set our mind on the things of God and when we do that, the other stuff out there pales in comparison. The struggles in this life seem light and momentary compared to what God has for us (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Matt Cochran is the children’s ministry director at Christ Fellowship of Tampa, serving over KidCity and Awana. He has a seminary degree in discipleship ministries and formerly served in the United States Marine Corps. He has been married to Rose for over a decade and they have three children.

Visit Matt at Devotions for Disciples

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