How often do we live our every day-ever-loving Christian lives lacking the simplest hints of peace or a little giggle or the zeal to go the extra mile?
I mean c’mon, I have days where I feel like I can’t make my bed and leave for work on time and we haven’t even gotten to the to-do list yet (if I’ve even made one of those).
I believe we can be God-loving and committed and still not have our minds set on the Holy Spirit. We can go to church on Sunday’s and even serve, but still find ourselves in what seems to be a never ending battle against sin. We can lift our hands in worship but still stay up all night with anxiety. We can serve and tithe in every way we know how but still not walk in peace knowing we will be provided for.
He came to give us life and life eternally and abundantly. And so many of us stop at the piece of the gospel that offered us forgiveness. We stop at what Jesus did on the cross. But he came for so much more.
That’s how GOOD our God is. That’s how much He adores us. He didn’t stop at forgiveness. He even offered us more of himself knowing most of us wouldn’t even notice.
I firmly believe that the Lord wants us to be thriving and absorbing the fullness of who He is at all times.
Peace - that surpasses knowledge. Joy unspeakable. Faith that parted the Red Sea. Love that leaves no room for fear.
Not to disregard His forgiveness which is the most beautiful of all, but to go deeper. What comes after forgiveness?
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”Romans 8:1-11 ESV
I believe He is desperate to see us walking in the fullness of joy and peace— on earth as in heaven.
In order to stop with the partiality we need to set our mind on the spirit. Doing so goes against everything we’ve learned on this earth. It’s foreign. It doesn’t make sense and frankly, it’s HARD.
And for each of us, it looks totally different. My biggest hope is that you would seek the Father and discover the way He is pulling you deeper into this revelation in your time away with Him.
Before we can set our mind on the spirit, we have to set our mind on TRUST.
When we set our mind on something, we are determined to do it or obtain it.
How often are we determined to pursue a holy trust in God? The kind of trust that doesn’t keep us in a constant heart posture of having to fulfill and satisfy ourselves. The kind that allows you to know our mighty God is on our side.
I’ve put myself in many positions where I’m not vulnerable to watch my trust in God flourish. I say I trust him, but I find myself conjuring up a plan, just in case. I’d still go the extra mile to prove myself or make a point on my own behalf— even though I “trusted” God to move on my behalf.
To set our mind on the spirit is first LIFE and peace. Y’all, HE OFFERS US LIFE. To rid ourselves of this worldly thinking is actually to make room for life giving thoughts, to see peace that goes beyond our understanding flourish in the chaos of what goes on out there.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7 ESV
When our minds are set on things of the spirit, our confidence shifts. We walk in victory—as sons of God. It truly changes everything.
Our thought patterns can’t hold us captive.
Our sin can’t hold us captive.
Our minds can no longer hold us captive when we submit our minds to the things of the spirit.
I never realized how much power my thoughts had over my actions and my beliefs until I had the revelation that I wasn’t moving in the fullness of God. I was partially living in the grace of God. Partially receiving. Partially seeking and partially finding.
Just because we aren’t in heaven yet doesn’t mean we can’t walk in the fullness. We don’t have to live a life of partiality any longer.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV
Chelsi Gleason is a poet, blogger and lover of people. She started writing at a young age and has recently published a poetry booked titled Becoming A Little Less Like Myself. She spends her time adoring flowers, encouraging everyone, drinking too much coffee and eating coffee flavored ice-cream. Chelsi's inspirations are things passed and things happening; nothing short of her everyday experiences. Her heart beats to glorify Jesus Christ with her talents, love and words. She aspires to encourage all and remind all of their God-given purpose.