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A Made Up Mind
by Martin Wiles
10/19/11
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Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV)

My mind was made up, and there was no changing it. Even if it meant piling on more debt.

My first car was a pea green Chevy Vega. Probably the worse car Chevrolet ever manufactured. It didnít burn oil but the gas mileage was horrible. After six years of pumping a pedal and getting little results, I decided to trade her in.

Gas prices were up, and small cars were the only ones getting decent gas mileage. So I selected a Chevy Chevette with manual transmission and no air thinking this would produce more miles per gallon. What I didnít count on was insufficient space for my six foot one inch frame. My knees soon tired of bumping the dash and I quickly traded her on a full size pickup with power and leg room to spare.

Mindset. Defined itís what we have our mind set on. Trading cars, buying a home, changing insurance carriers, investing in stocks, going to church, having an affair, deciding to take up an unhealthy habit. The list is endless. Some things Iíve set my mind on have yielded good benefits while others have produced undesirable consequences.

In the spiritual realm, there are only two mindsets to choose from: one that pleases our sinful nature or one that satisfies God. One leads to spiritual death while the other produces life and peace.

Mindset is important because it controls actions. We think, feel then perform. It determines who I choose as my authority: God or me. It governs where I seek knowledge: from sources that deny God or from God himself. My mindset affects how I view circumstances: as out of control or under Godís control. It even molds values, and these affect our private and public life.

The choice seems clear enough, but itís not always easy to choose the important over the urgent or what appears inconsequential over what seems necessary. Make up your mind to set your mind on godly things that lead to life and peace.

Prayer: When our thoughts run to areas better left unexplored, Lord turn them back to a mindset that honors You. www.morningliteministry.com

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