How much do you think something like love, joy or peace would cost if it had to be purchased? How many good works would it take to have enough to get some righteousness?
Humans look at the things of God through the materialistic eyes they use for everything else in life. They want to make images depicting God so they can gaze upon them. They want to make statues of God so they can bow down before them. They want to make all the qualities of God as items on store shelves that can be purchased if the price is right.
The Apostle Paul spends quite a bit of time in various epistles confronting the battle that rages between the carnal mind and the spiritual. He does this because this battle rages daily throughout our lives as our minds attempt to bring God down to our level while God strives to bring us up to His level.
1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us:
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
The "natural man" here is referring to someone who is not saved or born again. For the person who has not received the gift of Holy Spirit, the things of God are nothing but foolishness to him. He cannot understand them, thus he scoffs at them as being nothing but religious mysticism. A natural man would indeed think in terms of going to the store to buy some peace or purchasing some joy on the internet.
Without the help of the Holy Spirit within, it is impossible to understand God or His marvelous ways because they are spiritually discerned, meaning without the spirit they cannot be discerned. Once a person receives the Holy Spirit, he has the means to be able to begin understanding how God does things and why. The Bible states that the Holy Spirit is our helper and teacher.
Just because a person is saved and has the Holy Spirit does not mean he will be anymore spiritually minded than the natural man. Getting saved does not affect the mind. The only way to become spiritually minded is through putting on the new man, as Paul calls it. This process Paul calls "the renewing of the mind" in Romans 12.
Simply put, the process of renewing our minds is that of changing how we think. Instead of thinking according to the five senses and what they tell us, we change our thinking to look at things first and foremost through the eyes of the Spirit and this is done by learning what God has said in His Word.
The only way to learn how to think like God is to be thrown into situations where you either "sink or swim". When Peter got out of the safety of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus, he learned lessons totally impossible to learn sitting on the ground just listening to Jesus talk. It takes being thrust into demanding situations to learn that God is real and His Word is true.
I truly pity those who have never had to be in situations where they were all alone, sick nigh unto death, penniless or confronted with giants at every turn. Those who choose to live the comfortable version of Christianity never learn what our faith is really all about. Those who only practice Christianity one day per week are in reality only one step ahead of the natural man.
Has your faith grown stale and cold? Have you grown so comfortable in your walk with the Lord that you isolate yourself from any challenges that might disrupt your happy little world? Have you settled into a wonderful routine with no battles to fight, people to help or avenues of growth available? Have you grown content to just show up once a week at a building to be entertained and preached at?
Of all the Christians in the world, the ones who have earned my deepest respect are those who have willingly turned their back on this world and all the spoils associated with it. These people who have nothing to show, materially, for years and years of their lives have discovered that the greatest joy and fulfillment in this life is not bought at the corner store but in DOING God’s will and LIVING His Word.
As always, Blessings 2 You!
[quote]this battle rages daily throughout our lives as our minds attempt to bring God down to our level while God strives to bring us up to His level.[/quote] So simple, yet so profound.
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