“If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 ERV).

 

Your results, outcomes or experiences in life are not accidental; rather, they are determined, regulated, shaped or influenced primarily by you. Things that will happen to you in the coming New Year won’t happen by chance.

Whether or not you will experience life or death, success or failure, victory or defeat, joy or sorrow, prosperity or poverty in the coming year is entirely within your power to determine.

It is your God-given privilege and responsibility to determine, decide, define, influence or shape your results, outcomes or experiences in life. It is a sheer foolishness to abandon or shirk this responsibility to another person, or to even God or Satan. You are not justified to blame anyone for your outcomes or experiences in life.

While at the border or threshold of the Promised Land, God said to the children of Israel,

Deuteronomy 30

 15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,

 16 “in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

 17 “But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,

 18 “I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.

 19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

 20 “that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (NKJV).

The above scriptures clearly reveal that the results or experiences of the children of Israel in the land which they were going to possess will not be accidental; rather, they are going to be primarily decided, determined, defined, fixed or shaped by the children of Israel, not by God or their enemies.

Similarly, as you stand at the border or threshold of the New Year today, you need to know that your results, outcomes, or experiences in the coming New Year are not going to be accidental; rather, they will be decided, determined, defined, fixed or shaped primarily by you, not by God or Satan. This is your God-given privilege and responsibility!

How then can you define, decide or determine your results or outcomes in life?

First, it is very important to understand that your results, outcomes or experiences in life can be divided into two categories – Life and Death.

The Scripture clearly reveals this truth.

God said to the children of Israel, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deut. 30:19 NKJV).

Paul also warns, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 NKJV).

In the coming New Year, your results, outcomes, or experiences can either be regarded as life or death. It cannot be both!

While life speaks of good or positive experiences or results in life, death implies evil or negative experiences or results in life.

How then do you decide or determine whether your results or experiences in the coming New Year will be life or death?

The Scripture clearly reveals how in Romans 8:5-6!

Let us examine Rom. 8:5-6 in different translations.

Romans 8: (NKJV)

5 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, the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (NKJV).

Romans 8: (ASV)

5 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. (ASV).

Romans 8: (ERV)

5 People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do.

6 If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. (ERV).

Romans 8: (GNT)

5 Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants.

6 To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. (GNT).

Romans 8: (NET)

5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit.

6 For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace. (NET).

Romans 8: (NASB)

5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. (NASB).

Romans 8: (NIV)

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV).

Romans 8: (AMP)

5 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.

6 Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].” (Romans 8:56 AMP).

From the above scriptures examined in different translations the following truths can easily be deduced or inferred.

First, it is your mind, mindset, or thinking that primarily determines your results, outcomes or experiences in life.

Second, it is what controls, influences, moulds or shapes your mind or thinking that will eventually control, influence, determine, mould or shape your results, outcomes or experiences in life.

Third, your mind or thinking is either controlled by the flesh or by the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, it is the object of your mind (that is, what you set or fix your mind on) that ultimately determines your results or experiences in life.

Fifth, your mind can either be set on the things of the flesh or on the things of the Spirit.

Sixth, your results or experiences in life can be broadly divided into 2 categories – life and death.

Lastly, if your mind or thinking is governed, directed, influenced, or controlled by your sinful self, your results or experiences in life will be death – evil.

But, if your mind or thinking is ruled, governed or controlled by the Holy Spirit, you results or experiences will be life – good.

Therefore, in the coming New Year, if you choose to carnally minded, it simply means that you have decided to have and experience death – defeat, failure, sickness, sorrow, poverty, and all sort of evils.

On the contrary, if you choose to be spiritually minded, you have simply chosen to have and experience life – peace, joy, favour, good health, prosperity, victory, and success.

What does it imply to be carnally minded?

It simply means to set or fix your mind upon the things of the flesh or upon natural or physical things; to be preoccupied, concerned about, governed, influenced or controlled by your natural senses – by what you can see, smell, feel, taste and touch in the natural realm; to let your mind or thinking be controlled or governed by your sinful self; to be thinking, reasoning, judging or perceiving as a mere human being void of God’s Spirit.

What does it imply to be spiritually minded?

It simply means to allow the Holy Spirit to shape, govern, dominate or control your mind, thinking, perception, outlooks, views, mind sets. How?

By constantly reading, studying, hearing, imbibing and meditating in God’s Word!

It means to set or fix your mind on spiritual or heavenly things; to be preoccupied, concerned about or engrossed with what God has said or promised in His Word.

Being spiritually minded implies thinking, viewing, judging, perceiving or seeing things as God sees them – from God’s perspectives. God’s perspectives about your life and situation are clearly revealed or expressed in God’s Word.

Beloved, don’t expect things to happen in your life or to you by chance in the coming New Year. God expects you to define, decide and determine your results, outcomes, or experiences in the New Year by choosing to be spiritually minded (allowing the Holy Spirit to dominate, rule, control, direct, or govern your mind or thinking with God’s Word) and thus experience life and peace in the New Year.

Paul warns, ”If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 ERV).

Do you want to experience life and peace in this coming New Year?

If yes, then, choose to be spiritually minded!

I wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I choose to experience life and peace in this coming New Year. My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me daily to be spiritually minded, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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