Romans 8:5
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Our victory in Christ depends on our mind-set. Each one of us has a choice to either set our minds on the things of the flesh or on the things of the Spirit. Things of the Spirit include the Word of God (such as written, preached or audio-Bible). That means we must read the Bible, hear it preached or taught, listen to the Scriptures being read, meditate on particular biblical themes and study truths of the Word.
Don’t spend a day without a good biblical meal. Have regular spiritual meals of the Word. Feed your inner man with the Word heartily and consistently. You can even have a three course meal of the Scriptures. Whatever you do, don’t fast the Word and feast on the world’s junk!
In my observation, most Christians are spiritually malnourished. Many Christians care more about their physical food than their spiritual food. They lack a balanced, rich, wholesome and healthy spiritual diet. They live on spiritual junk food. They gobble up all sorts of junk teachings served up by unscrupulous preachers, amateurs, theologians and impostors. The problem nowadays is that anyone (regardless of their genuineness, knowledge, experience or training) can share their stuff through the internet. Everyone has become a spiritual “authority”.
The Lord Jesus warns us to beware of false teachers and false prophets. Beloveds, have you noticed that most smart parents don’t let just anyone educate their children? They ensure that their kids receive a credible education, under qualified teachers and within an approved curriculum. We don’t let just anyone teach our kids anything anyhow. Because their future depends on the quality of their education.
Now, how much more should it be about our spiritual education? We cannot leave it to chance! Let us intentionally set our minds on things of the Spirit. Let us desire the genuine good of the Spirit so that we can grow thereby (see 1 Peter 2:2).
Pastor Josh