What we must do to keep this Spirit alive is feed it and nurture it and protect it. So, garbage in, garbage out. Nothing survives for long on rubbish. And certainly no one is healthy feeding on garbage.
Our job, then, is to take every thought captive. Sift through and discern the lies and the negative thoughts. This takes practice, so give yourself room for error. The book of Hebrews teaches us that in order to discern good from evil, we must be disciplined. What this means is we must connect with God through prayer and through the Holy Bible.
The more we are anchored in truth, the less deception will sneak through. Not only this, but we become effective warriors. We also become good teachers and spiritual mentors. Iron sharpening iron.
When we hunger for truth, we become righteous, Christ takes the center of our lives and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us.
When we take every thought captive, this will be evident as it is worked out in the flesh.
Back up to the first verse in Romans 12. If we read this together with verse two, we see Paul first address the flesh, to take the flesh captive. This is the “body” or flesh part of being renewed. Then he targets the mind in verse two. The two are connected, the flesh and the mind.
So, we are in Christ, we are set apart and different. We renew our minds by feeding it truth and then the Holy Spirit can move within us. This will be evident by our words and our deeds. We will also begin to bare good spiritual fruit. This drives our commitment deeper as we see God working in us.
To give you a visual, it looks like this:
TOTAL COMMITMENT TO GOD >PRACTICAL APPLICATION>TOTAL COMMITMENT TO GOD
Such disciplines grow and mature us. But this takes concentration, commitment and self-sacrifice. We will have to fight complacency. Not only that, but there are so many things that would eat up our time. To succeed, we will have to be intentional. Determined.
I want you to keep Luke 12:34 in mind. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This will be evident in what we say and do, too.
Again, I repeat, we will have to be determined. Be determined to wake up in the morning saying, “I am going to be a force of love today. I am so happy to serve a wonderful Master. It is a privilege to look You in the eye, to connect with You, to meet with You for this special moment of the day and give You my first fruits. How can I serve You today? Let me not miss an opportunity!”
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…