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the Spirit and set our minds on spiritual things: “6For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” A natural man is at odds with God and continues to live according to the flesh, because his mind is darkened by sin. He has no power to overcome his carnal desires. However, God doesn’t override our minds and force-feed His thoughts into us. Rather, He wants to redeem our minds—thoughts, desires, and motives—so they can begin to think God’s thoughts and work as they were intended to. God invites you to set your mind on the things of the Spirit and to begin living according to the Spirit. Once you surrender your mind to Him, He redeems it and makes it able to understand truth and use sound reasoning. There are many things that the natural man cannot understand because they require spiritual discernment (see 1 Corinthians 2). “9Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared God doesn’t override our minds and force-feed His thoughts into us. Rather, He wants to redeem our minds. for those who love Him. 10But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.” Through God’s Spirit we can understand the heart and motives of God in a way we never could before. Once we are filled with the Spirit and the knowledge of God, do we become immune to false teachings and ideas? No, we will never become infallible, and that’s where our part comes in— training and using our minds responsibly under the guidance of the Spirit. Training the Mind “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). A baby is born without sin, with very little knowledge, and with no experience in using knowledge. A newborn doesn’t process ideas with words, but bases its decisions on feelings. 4 | Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32


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