Romans 8:5 – Those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Paul describes two categories of people, those of the flesh and those of the Spirit. The believers are to set their minds on the things that concern the Spirit of God. Today, we will consider five specific areas the Spirit of the Lord wants to develop in our spirit. Each of the five is a characteristic of God’s nature. Faith, love, peace, joy, reverential fear, and true worship are in us because of the new birth. Each one provides a basis for everything else the Holy Spirit accomplishes in our life.
Faith is an attribute of God’s heart, not simply a mind-set. Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). A close look at this verse reveals that the original language should be translated “have the faith of God.” This kind of faith is given to the believer through the Holy Spirit. God’s faith is made alive through the new birth and resides in our spirit. Faith is: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). The hope spoken of in this verse means a “sure expectation.”
There are many types of love known to man. The most important is “the love of God”. His love is placed in our spirit in the “new birth.” As we set our mind on the love of God, it changes how we relate to people. God’s will is that His love dominates our thoughts and practices.
Peace is what the Lord made possible in the work of salvation. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). It is the peace of God that keeps our hearts and minds from being distracted and confused.
Joy comes out of peace. Many experience happiness, but not joy. Happiness changes with the circumstances, but Spirit-filled joy is a result of walking in God’s love and peace. I find very few people that exercise godly joy. One reason is that their minds are not fixed on the love of God, but their own selfish needs or wants.
True worship flows from faith built on hope, love, peace, and joy. We worship God to celebrate all He has done for us. At times, we offer “the sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15). We sacrifice our selfish desires and the works of our flesh on His altar. The evidence of our worship is seen in “doing good and sharing, with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).
Father, thank You for giving to me Your nature. Let these senses grow and develop in my spirit. I ask for the Holy Spirit to empower my thinking and my actions through the senses of my spirit.