“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.”

– Ephesians 4:19 NIV

The hostile mind is the mind that is not renewed in faith and opposes the attitude of Christ that prohibits the believer from displaying the likeness and image of God in their daily living. It is a mind that operates in resignation, reservation, resistance, doubt, unbelief and fear. The hostile mind is cynical in thinking and refutes the word of God as the authoritative doctrine of the Christian lifestyle. The hostile mind cannot embrace, accept, or validate the word of God as truth. The hostile mind is not sensitive to the Spirit of God when He speaks.

During the years of our pre-Christ conversion, we can clearly see how we could and have operated with a hostile mind towards God. Keep in mind, the Apostle Paul was writing this message within this passage of scripture in Ephesians 4 to those who considered themselves to be sincere followers of Jesus Christ. Paul is warning those who read and reflect upon this passage about the real reality that we are one thought away from turning back to a way of thinking that could prohibit us from living the victorious spiritual life God ordained us to walk in through faith in Jesus Christ. Even during the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, there were those who find it difficult to accept what Jesus taught and no longer followed Him, according to John 6:60-70.

The reality of misfortune, grief, loss and the ongoing circumstances of disappointment and the discouraging moments of life is enough to distract us, deter us, and dissuade us from remaining loyal and devoted to anything, including God. It takes a deliberate, determined, disciplined resolve and strong  internal display of fortitude in order to remain sensitive to God when the harsh, cold reality of this world begins to harden our hearts towards the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” – Luke 7:23 NIV

May God bless you and help you to remain steadfast, immovable and unshaken in your faith walk with Him so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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