Romans 8:6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to peace.
Wow this is so powerful...so powerful!!... have you ever done something, said something, thought something, bought something that you knew you shouldn't have... you just did it anyway ... you had that nagging feeling don't do this, do say it!, stop thinking is, don't spend that!! But you ignored that feeling, that thought, justified that feeling or thought or action... So often our actions lead to the death of a plan... our mouths lead to the death of a friendship.. dwelling on bad thoughts lead to the death of our happiness, our spending leads to the death of a dream. So often the Holy Spirit that God put inside of us to guide us is screaming out to us and we don't listen... I am guilty!!... we all have done it!!!.. known, known we shouldn't have done something and did it anyway... and felt that instant feeling of unrest inside our bodies...then to try and satisfy that uneasy feeling we have created by not listening to God we do something else we know we shouldn't do... and move farther and farther from peace!!...We have all done the opposite too.. we have kept our mouth shut when we felt that nagging feeling telling us to stop before we spoke or did something... we have changed out thought process, we have smiled inside because we put something back we didn't need to by.. we have felt very satisfied... and at peace because we choose to listen to the Holy Spirit inside of us...that peace we feel is amazing... you just can't put a price on peace of mind!! We could have that peace of mind.. all the time if we just learn to listen to the Spirit inside of us... if we would learn to ask before do.. should I do this... and act on what we hear the spirit say... ask should I say this?... and learn to act on what the spirit says to us... should I be thinking this... and learn to act on what the spirit says... should I buy this??? ... learn to act on what the spirit says... if we would do this... practice this!!! we would have a peace that passes all understand... it says right here in Romans 6:8 "But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to peace." One way to recognize that you are not listening to what the Spirit says is when you hear yourself justifying your actions... to you... nobody else... you in you mind telling yourself why what you are about to do is ok... if you have to convince yourself you are not being guided by the Spirit... you are in essence arguing with God, telling God why what you want to do is better than what he is telling you to do. So next time you feel yourself talking your into doing something...say God I will stop and listen to your Spirit guiding me... should I do this?.. should I say this?.... should I feel this?... should I spend this?... if you feel yourself justifying your actions for the situation rise up in you the answer is probably NO.. if you feel a peace come over you.. the answer is a huge yes!!...Learn to ask God and learn to listen. I have so often set and justified an action that I was about to make... I so should have taken that as a warning that I was about to do it wrong... I am so just learning to know how to listen to God... but I have started asking... I am so learning find that peace that God has intended me to have... and I can have it if I put God in control of all my actions, my words, my thoughts, my spending, my waking up, my laying down... For that peace that passes all understand all we have to do is put God in control of all, all the decisions in our lives!