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Summary: Being Spirit minded keeps us commiting sin


I agree with what Joyce Meyers wrote, “I am of the opinion that as long as we are cooperating with the Holy Spirit to the best of our ability and sincerely want to change (as we walk in the light and God points out something in our life that needs change) God counts us as perfect in Christ while we make our journey (here on earth.)

Here is a story that I believe show how our journey is made better simply by a change in words. A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign, which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?" The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote, "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret.

Let us read Romans 8:6-8 in four versions to help us understand it

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God. KJV

If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. NLV

Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored. The Message

The corrupt nature's attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature's attitude leads to life and peace. This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God's standards because it can't. Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can't please God. God’s Word

Sin is Not a Necessity as we see in many Scriptures

Awake to righteousness, and sin not 1 Cor. 15:34

Little children, sin not 1 John 2:1

Shall we continue in sin? Romans 6:1, 2

Go, sin no more John 5:14; 1 John 8:11 Stand in awe, sin not

Ps. 4:4 He that commits sin is of the Devil 1 John 3:8

Whosoever is born of God does not sin 1 John 5:18; 3:9

Jesus came to save from sin Matt. 1:21

Sanctification preserves the spirit, soul, and body 1 Thes. 5:23

Let not sin reign in your bodies Romans 6:12

Sin shall not reign Romans 6:14 The flesh cannot please God/ You are not in the flesh Romans 8:8, 9

Blessed are the pure in heart Matt. 5:8

A pure heart, a clean life Matt. 15:8

Pure heart, pure thoughts Mark 7:21, 22

Cleanse hands, purify hearts James 4:8

Cleanse filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness 2 Cor. 7:1

There is cleansing in the blood from all sin 1 John 1:7

The blood of Christ purges Heb. 9:14

Put off the old man Eph. 4:20-24

Crucify the old man Romans 6:6

I am crucified with Christ Gal. 2:20

A fountain for sin and uncleanness Zech. 13:1

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