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Something that I have realised again lately is that the bigger we make God, the smaller our issues become. It really is so obvious and I have known this for years, but sometimes God makes a revelation, that you already have, just sink in deeper. It’s hard to explain to someone, because even though the revelation reaches a deeper level of understanding, the explanation still sounds the same, because the change really lies in the heart.
“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.” Romans 8:5-8
Our natural inclination is to walk according to the flesh and the laws of this world, but once we have been born of God, we have the Holy Spirit in us which enables us to walk according to the Spirit. Our minds are hostile to God if we are not born again and we cannot walk with God or understand Him. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.” Heb 10:16
We no longer walk according to a law written on tablets, but instead we walk according to a law written on our hearts. God himself will write these laws on our hearts while we walk in relationship with Him. The “law” so to speak will be different for each person, as God speaks to the individual. This is so beautiful because He takes the time to teach each one of us at our own pace and on our own journey.
When we walk according to the Spirit, we live in the truth of God’s word. We believe and apply what He says, as opposed to being ruled by our fluctuating emotions and our situations (the flesh). It enables us to thank God for our solutions even before they are evident and gives us the freedom to cast our burdens on Him and walk in peace. “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor 5:7
Our joy does not have to be determined by our present situation, but by the bigness and faithfulness of God and the fact that we know that He will come through for us and He has a plan. There is no way that He can let you down, it is not in His nature. He cannot leave you or forget you. “if we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Tim 2:13 It is impossible for God to not be faithful to you, because He cannot deny who HE is. Think about this for a second and allow God to just increase you perception of Him. Set your mind on the things of the Spirit and your mountains will turn into mole heaps.
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor 2:12-14