TUESDAY, APRIL 23
Scripture: Romans 8:5-8
Romans 8:5-8 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” The same words of Peter appear in Romans 8:5 as in Matthew 16. When Jesus said, “…you are not mindful…” the word “mindful” is translated from the Greek Word from-eh-oh and appears in Romans 8:5 “set their minds on.” Romans 8:5 describes Peter’s condition in Matthew 16, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” What is the school of the Spirit all about? It is where we learn to please the Lord. It is where we put self behind us and yield to the Spirit. When we lose our life, we gain God’s because we qualify for the fullness of the Living Christ. When does God become our enemy? Whenever we set our mind on the things of the flesh. When do we qualify to stand in the gap? When we set our mind on the purposes of the Lord. Then the enemy will eventually be placed under our feet. Peter’s conflict with Ananias and Sapphira proves the progression.