Who’s Controlling You?

Romans 8:8 “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”

When I’m bored is when I’m most susceptible to be controlled. My mind is essentially looking for something to keep me occupied and that’s where I’m the most vulnerable. I should turn to God’s Word and start reading, but I think the sinful nature within me isn’t so inclined to do so in those moments. The sinful nature within me is the root of my problem and the source of my temptation.

So who’s controlling me in those moments? It’s not the Spirit within me. It’s my sinful nature. It’s strong enough to control my mind and my desires. I need a plan to start weakening my desires to sin; everyone does. I need to be so filled with God’s Word and His Spirit that there is no room left in my soul for anything but God’s presence.

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good pleasing and perfect will.”

Transforming your mind isn’t easy. It’s not like people can ask God to take away every pornography image that has ever been burned into their brain. I mean, all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me, but the more probable approach is by a diligent pursuit of God’s heart, his word, and a relationship with the Spirt that he placed inside of you. I’m still in the beginning stages of transforming my mind, and let me tell you, it’s a daily struggle. The flesh is constantly heading down the wrong path, and it takes constant action to lean into God and trust that his way is the right way.

 

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