“For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace. In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to his direction, because it cannot!” (Romans 8: 6-7, the Passion Translation)
Our mind-set is our rescue! Our consciousness is the place where it all happens. If we choose to focus on body, materiality, time, we have walked into a battlefield. Our thought has chosen the side of struggle, when there is a choice for progress and peace.
We can do our best to set our minds on God. That is, to allow our thoughts to dwell on spiritual things, to turn away from everything that would deprive us of joy and freedom and life and its perpetual promise. We can give up the human reasoning that is fallible because of its limits, and instead let God feed us with the Truth—the Truth that sets us free!
A focus on spiritual qualities like goodness and love and unity and progress is a way to move us out of thinking about mortality, gloom, finiteness. It is also the easier way. It requires less struggle against God’s natural design of good. And also, the Truth of Life is simpler. It is not confusing and complex, overwrought and challenging. God’s Truth, the Life that is Spirit and Love, is easier. It is Love accepted. It is joy embraced. It is life that lives in each moment with expectation. It is a loss of fear and of ego, and a sweet release to God’s control, comfort, direction, and affection.
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