“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”

– Romans 8:6-8 NIV

In my last journal entry, I asked the LORD to help me overcome thoughts and feelings that create resignation, reservation and resistance to what would be required of me in order to experience the fullness of life Christ came for me to have. That entry, along with recent internal challenges I have faced during this current season of my life (season of progress, success and prosperity), inspired this recent series on the subject of prosperity and this post about Prosperity Inhibitors.

The Apostle Paul highlighted, in Romans 8, the real internal oppositional, spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (a hostile mind) that can inhibit and prohibit us from walking by faith and experiencing the full prosperity God has prepared for those who demonstrate the posture of a sincere believer. Perhaps it is hard to see one’s self as being hostile in their mind to God as a follower of Christ, but momentary reflection from an objective perspective would allow us to see the many ways we may appear hostile in thought and attitude when it comes to obedience in loving your enemies, tithing, submission, sex before marriage, greed, pride, facing disappointing and discouraging moments, moments of unanswered prayers, etc. “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.” – Psalm 73:21-22 NIV

A recent conversation with a friend of mine validated the recent thoughts I reflected on regarding the reality of coming out of a place where you felt being held captive to the point that the circumstances of captivity have now been internalized and though your circumstances have changed, you still feel a sense of captivity internally. Reflection upon the Scripture reveals to me that this is what the Israelites encountered leaving Egypt. They were free physically from their captivity in Egypt, but they had to undergo the process (faith walk) of being set free from their internal thoughts and feelings that were keeping them enslaved and separated from the prosperity God sought to provide them as they sojourned towards the place of promise He intended for them to step into. “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord., that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” – Ephesians 4:17-18 NIV

May God bless you and help you to grow in the grace and truth of Christ, becoming more like Jesus in attitude and actions, so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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