Our natural mind
To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. And so people become enemies of God when they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law, and in fact they cannot obey it.
Romans 8:6-7 (GNT)
Did you know God before conversion? I didn’t. I was guilty, dead in sin, and I will go further and confess that the thoughts in my heart were not what they could be, but with God’s help now I bring my thoughts under control, into obedience with the Lord Jesus.
No one likes to admit our human nature’s downsides, because it goes against the grain of human intellect and pride. This is humanity in the bondage of sin; it took me time to grasp it.
The Holy Bible is the source of my understanding, showing me who I was before conversion: a sinner. But now I am a saint of God to whom the righteousness of Jesus is imputed. Not yet perfect, but Christ has forgiven my sins and also the sins of the whole world.
With this hope and faith I fight my battles against the power of sin, for in sin there is power: ‘And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience…’ (Ephesians 2:1-2 NKJV).
I must repeat my natural mind was against God before conversion; before I was called, I loved the world and all its glamour and attractions.
But now God is developing the mind of Christ in me through the gift of the Holy Spirit, and He who has begun a good work in me will complete it.
Father in heaven, thank You for transforming my mind and for the power of the Holy Spirit working in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Study by Natu Moti
About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
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